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Cho-Liang Lin

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances.

In a concert career spanning the globe for thirty years, Cho-Liang Lin is as much at home appearing with an orchestra, in recital, or playing chamber music as he is in a teaching studio.

Mr. Lin’s recent and upcoming concerts reflect his wide-ranging musical activities. Performing on several continents, he appears regularly with North American orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and overseas with the Bergen Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony.  An avid chamber musician, the 2009/10 season includes chamber concerts at the Beijing Music Festival, as well as one of his perennial appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  As an advocate for music of our time, Mr. Lin has enjoyed collaborations and premieres with composers such as Joel Hoffman, John Harbison, Christopher Rouse, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paul Schoenfield,  Bright Sheng, and Joan Tower. Mr. Lin presented the European and American premieres of Tangos Concertantes, a concerto by Hollywood icon Lalo Schifrin. In the 2009/10 season, he will give the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Violin Concerto as a part of Carnegie Hall’s China Festival.

As Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest since 2001, Mr. Lin has transformed a festival that once focused primarily on chamber music into a multidisciplinary festival featuring dance, jazz and a burgeoning new music program, commissioning composers as diverse as Chick Corea, Stewart Copeland, Leon Kirchner, Christopher Rouse, Wayne Shorter, Kaija Saariaho, and Gunther Schuller.

Mr. Lin’s extensive discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos, and BIS.  His albums have won such awards as Gramophone’s Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy nominations. His recordings reflect the breadth of his distinctive career, including the standard violin concerti from Mozart to Stravinsky, chamber music from Brahms to Ravel, and contemporary music from Chen Yi to Christopher Rouse.  His most recent releases include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Sejong and Anthony Newman, violin works of Bright Sheng and Gordon Chin on Naxos, and the First Violin Concerto by George Tsontakis on Koch.

Born in Taiwan in 1960, Mr. Lin began his violin lessons when he was five years old with Sylvia Lee.  At the age of 12, he went to Sydney to continue his musical studies with Robert Pikler.  Inspired by an encounter with Itzhak Perlman while in Sydney, he traveled to New York in 1975 to audition for Perlman’s teacher, the late Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School.  He was to study with Miss DeLay for six years. At the age of 19, Mr. Lin made his New York debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival; an appearance soon thereafter with the New York Philharmonic launched his concert career.  In 2000, Musical America named Mr. Lin its Instrumentalist of the Year.  He was invited to join the faculty of the Juilliard School in 1991, and more recently was appointed professor of violin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.  Mr. Lin plays the 1715 “Titian” Stradivarius.