DSC_5514.jpg

Biography

BRIAN LIN

Chinese concert pianist and doctoral candidate Brian Lin enjoys a career of not high-profile performances across four continents. Describing his performance skill set, the renowned pianist Matti Raekallio hails Lin as “a tremendous virtuoso with an appealing richness of musical imagination and a performer’s courage that immediately captures the listener.”

Mr. Lin first gained national attention as one of only 20 young artists in the United States to receive the $100,000 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award. Since then, he has taken the international piano scene by storm, enjoying a career that has taken him to performances across the United States, China, Canada, Korea, France, Australia, and Russia. The world’s renowned chamber music festivals have hosted Lin, including the Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Four Seasons Winter Workshop. Furthermore, the world’s top pianists have shared the stage with Mr. Lin in masterclasses, including Stephen Hough, Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, and Robert Levin. 

An accomplished veteran on the piano competitive circuit, Mr. Lin has earned first-prize finishes at both the Virginia Waring as well as the Lennox International Piano Competitions, and took a top-four finish in the Hilton Head International Competition. In the multi-instrumental realm, he took Third Prize in the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg International Competition, for which he was featured in the Houston Chronicle.

In addition to competitions, Mr. Lin has also performed as orchestral soloist, making his concerto debut with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Fort Myers, Florida. Other engagements have included performances with the Houston Symphony as well as the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Texas under the baton of maestro Anshel Brusilow, former concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Moreover, he is a frequent judge of competitions hosted by the Maryland State Music Teacher Association. In 2019, he performed in recitals at East Carolina University.

Brian Lin is currently based in New York, NY while pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He is from Shenzhen, China, where he was a student of piano from the age of 4. He moved to the United States at 15 years old, where he attended high school in Fort Worth, TX before moving to New York, where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Diplomas from The Juilliard School. 

He is grateful to his primary teachers, who include Yong Hi Moon, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Joseph Kalichstein, Matti Raekallio, Tamas Ungar, and Eleanor Wong.