Chinese concert pianist and doctoral candidate Brian Lin enjoys a multi-faceted career of not only high-profile performances across four continents, but also as the founder of the Nova Music Academy, the co-founder of the international media startup Piano League, and as an award-winning financial pundit. 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 master classes, including Stephen Hough, Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, and Richard Goode.
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.
As an educator, Mr. Lin believes in spreading access to high level musical instruction not just in the United States, but also across his native China. To this end, Lin is the founder and Artistic Director of Nova Music Academy, located in Shenzhen. An endeavor starting in 2016, the school now teaches over 150 enrolled students, and includes master classes and private lessons, both live and remotely. Within the United States, Mr. Lin has been a lecturer and educator in primary and secondary schools across the country, and maintains a private teaching studio. Moreover, he is a frequent judge of competitions hosted by the Maryland State Music Teacher Association, and recently gave masterclasses and performed in recital at East Carolina University.
In addition to his success on stage, Mr. Lin has become one of the financial industry’s most compelling commentators. In 2017, he became a self-taught financial writer on the industry-leading fintech outlet Seeking Alpha, where his convincing stock-pitch articles won the website’s "Stock for The Summer Of 2018" Online Competition. He is also the co-founder of Piano League, a multi-platform media startup that connects pianists from around the world with piano-based news, entertainment, and community.
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.