Richard Lin

Taiwanese-American violinist Richard Lin continues to gain international prominence since his Gold Medal prize at the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.  Following his June 2022 Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut, New York Concert Review asserted, “Richard Lin.  Remember the name.  For he has everything required to take the world by storm.”

Richard will open the 22/23 season as soloist with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.  He will appear in recitals in Indianapolis, Washington, D.C. and Baton Rouge. Passionate about chamber music, he will continue to perform recitals in the Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall as well as many music festivals and Asia tours.

As a soloist, Richard has collaborated with orchestras at celebrated concert venues throughout the world, such as in Europe, with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Łódź Philharmonic, Amadeus Polish Chamber Orchestra, Poznań Philharmonic; in the US, with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic; and in Asia, with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO), National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Macau Strings Association. Among the conductors he has worked with are Leonard Slatkin, Pascal Verrot, Shao-Chia Lü, Jun Märkl, Lan Shui, Wing-Sie Yip, Christian Arming, Michael Balke, Roberto Minczuk, Andrew Grams, Wesley Schulz, Matthew Kraemer, Michelle Merrill, Norichika Iimori, Ken’ichiro Kobayashi, Ken Takaseki, Kuokman Lio, Tung-Chieh Chuang, David Chan, and James Liu.

As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program and performs with elite chamber musicians at Lincoln Center as well as throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a regular guest of elite music festivals such as the Summit Music Festival, Society of Four Arts, Chamber Music International in Dallas, La Jolla Music Society, and Music@Menlo. Richard is also a devoted teacher. He gives masterclasses around world, and he is currently a professor at the National Taipei University of Education.

Richard’s discography includes an album on the Fontec label featuring works for violin and orchestra by Beethoven, Bartók, and Brahms, with Pascal Verrot conducting the Sendai Philharmonic. He has also released the complete Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin with his brother, pianist Robert Lin. In the Spring of 2023, Richard will release a new album with pianist Thomas Hoppe on the Azica label featuring his Carnegie Hall program with works by Vitali, R. Strauss, John Corigliano, and Frolov.

In addition to his 2018 Indianapolis win, Richard has amassed a startling 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.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Taiwan, Richard began his violin studies at the age of four. He made his public debut at age eleven, performing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Richard graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and Lewis Kaplan respectively. As part of his Indianapolis prize, Richard has the use of the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivarius and 2017 Sam Zygmuntowicz for four years.

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