steven lin

Biography

Taiwanese American pianist Steven Lin is an immediately engaging and imaginative young artist, applauded by the New York Times for playing that is “…immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics,” and his growing list of awards features the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  In May 2014, his dynamic playing at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition was recognized when he was awarded the Silver Medal as well as numerous performance prize engagements in Israel and internationally.

Steven Lin’s featured North American recital engagements for the 2014-15 season include his Kennedy Center debut at the Terrace Theatre on the Washington Performing Arts Hayes Piano Series, and recitals for Strathmore Performing Arts Center and Macon Concert Association.  As a concerto soloist, he will be featured in three performances with the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern, and other 2014-15 orchestral performances include the Waco and Victoria symphonies in Texas, the Hilton Head Symphony (SC) and a return engagement with the Tulare County Symphony (CA).

Internationally, Mr. Lin begins 2014-15 in the Pacific with concerto performances in Australia and Taiwan (including a return engagement with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taipei), and his itinerary abroad that season will take him to Israel, Germany, Poland and London, including a recital at Wigmore Hall.  He also tours his native Taiwan in spring 2015 as guest soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

Steven Lin’s artistry was clear from an early age when he was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at the age of ten to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Piano Competition, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at the age of 13. Additional concerto performances include the New Jersey Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic and Sendai Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on radio broadcasts including NPR’s From The Top and WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase.

The pianist’s broad musical interests allow him to move with ease between concertos, recitals and chamber music, enjoying appearances world-wide at important venues including the Louvre and Salle Cortot in France, National Dublin Hall in Ireland, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, and Avery Fisher Hall in the United States.  Recent recital debuts include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; the Gilmore Rising Stars series (Kalamazoo, MI); Pepperdine University Center for the Arts (Malibu, CA); the National Chopin Foundation (Miami, FL) and the International Piano Series (Charleston, SC).  Summer 2013 festival performances included the Aspen Chamber Music Workshop, under the mentorship of David Finckel and Wu Han, and the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, curated by violinist Cho-Liang Lin.

During the CAG Competition, Mr. Lin’s compelling artistry was further recognized with a special piano prize.  Also in 2012, he was a prizewinner at the William Kapell International Competition, The Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and he claimed an unprecedented three honors at the 2012 International Hilton Head Piano Competition, cited for his excellence in baroque and contemporary music as well as his overall pianism.

Steven Lin earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio.  He is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, under the guidance of Robert McDonald.  When not making music, Steven Lin describes himself as an ‘NBA basketball fanatic,’ a source of great pride and commitment which began when he was eight years old.

Audio

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16, Finale: Allegro tempestoso (excerpt)

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Mozart/ Liszt: Reminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

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JS Bach: Overture in the French Style in B minor, BMV 831 (excerpt)

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Schumann: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14: Quasi variazioni (Andantino de Clara Wieck)

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Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, Allegro

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, Rondo. Allegro scherzando

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Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53

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Haydn: Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI: 50, Allegro Molto

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Stravinsky: Petrushka, Danse russe

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Video

  • See video Mozart/ Liszt: Reminiscences of Don Juan

    Mozart/ Liszt: Reminiscences of Don Juan

  • See video  Haydn: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50

    Haydn: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50

  • See video  Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Live with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem)

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Live with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem)

  • See video   Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Live with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Live with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

  • See video  Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Live with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra)

    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Live with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra)

Press

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    J.S. BACH: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 1 in C Major Op.15
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major Op. 19
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73
    MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: Le Tombeau de Liberace (1996)
    LISZT: Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major
    MENDELSSOHN: Concerto No. 1 in G minor
    MOZART: Concerto No. 9 in E flat Major  K. 271
    MOZART: Concerto No. 10 in E flat Major K. 365
    MOZART: Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466
    MOZART: Concerto No. 21 in C Major K. 467
    PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
    PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26*
    RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on theme by Paganini, Op. 43
    RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30*
    RAVEL: Concerto in G Major
    SAINT-SAËNS: Concerto No. 2 in G minor
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Concerto No. 1 in B flat Minor, Op.23

    *preferred Concerti for 2015-2016

  • Programs

    The French Program

    My interest in the history of French composers has grown over the past year. This program demonstrates how French keyboard music developed from the 17th century to the 20th century. One often forgets how amazing French composers were prior to Debussy and Ravel. German composers like Bach and Brahms often overshadowed their counterparts Fauré and Couperin. This repertoire really explores the unlimited possibilities of the piano’s capabilities. Ravel and Debussy often composed piano music rich with orchestral textures. This concert will take the audience to a different state of mind that one cannot imagine.

    François Couperin:

    Musete de Taverni

    Les Barricades Mysterieuses

    La Couperin

    Les Tricoteuses

    Les Cherubins ou L’Aimable Lazure

    Claude Debussy:                    

    Suite bergamasque

    Francis Poulenc:

    Thème Varié

    –Intermission–

    Gabriel Fauré:

    Barcarolle, Op. 26, No. 1

    Nocturnes, Op. 33, Nos. 1, 2

    Maurice Ravel:

    La Valse

     


    History of Piano Playing

    There are few composers who have dramatically changed the art of piano playing. While Bach was not alive for the invention of the piano, his diverse compositions for the keyboard set the stage for other composer’s technical innovations and tonal development. Beethoven really expanded the dynamic range of piano music. Chopin explored the poetic and vocal qualities of the piano. He also wrote the famous opus 10 and opus 25 sets of etudes, which are still some of the most challenging pieces of piano today. Liszt was one the first composers to write transcriptions of operas and symphonies for the keyboard. He has had the biggest impact on virtuoso playing. Scriabin was heavily influenced by writing of Chopin, writing lyric works while advancing harmony.

    Johann Sebastian Bach:

    English Suite No. 3, BWV 808

    Ludwig van Beethoven:

    Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 14, No. 1

    Alexander Scriabin:

    Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19

    –Intermission–

    Frédéric Chopin:

    Impromptu No. 1, Op. 29

    Impromptu No. 2, Op. 36

    Impromptu No. 3, Op. 51

    Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66

    Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39

    Franz Liszt:  

    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, S. 244, R106


    Program 3

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

    Rondo in D, K. 485

    Claude Debussy:                                     

    Suite bergamasque

    Alexander Scriabin:

    Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19

    –Intermission–

    David Hertzberg:

    Notturno incantato

    Robert Schumann:

    Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 14