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Violinist Richard Lin’s Carnegie Hall Recital Debut to Take Place on June 24

  • Date:2022-05-31

Taiwanese American Violinist Richard Lin, Gold Medalist of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2018, will have his Carnegie Hall recital debut on June 24 at 8 pm. The competition, which initially took place in September 2018, offered the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. Next month, Richard Lin will finally get to debut on the grand stage following two postponements due to the pandemic.

Lin, who is 30 years old, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Taiwan. He began learning how to play the violin at the age of four and had his public debut at the age of 11, performing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Lin graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and Lewis Kaplan respectively.

At an early age, Lin had already amassed a collection of top prizes at major international competitions, including 1st Prize at the Sendai International Violin Competition, 3rd Prize in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, and 2nd Prize at the Singapore and Michael Hill International Violin competitions. As a result, he quickly built a reputation as one of the new generation’s most promising and gifted young violists.

However, Lin faced a major setback in 2017, when a bus crash nearly left him paralyzed while he was touring in China. Despite the initial effects of the accident, his dreams were not derailed. Instead, the time without practicing reminded him of his passion for music. One year later, Lin won the gold medal at the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis — one of the most prestigious contests of its kind.

In 2020, Lin was selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) for a three-season residency. When the pandemic subsequently shut down almost all the performing arts venues in the United States, Lin returned to Taiwan, one of a few places where he would still be able to perform at in-person concerts and events. During his stay in Taiwan, Lin collaborated with Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, and he even joined the faculty of the National Taipei University of Education, becoming the youngest professor to teach violin at the school.

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