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Lucia Lin

Dorothy Q. and David B. Arnold Jr. chair, endowed in perpetuity, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Violinist Lucia Lin has performed as soloist, as chamber musician, and in orchestras throughout the U.S. and internationally in a diverse multifaceted career that also includes teaching and collaborative efforts with both visual and performing arts. Ms. Lin made her debut at age 11 performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Chicago Symphony. She went on to be a prize winner in numerous competitions including Moscow’s prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition. Lin’s critically acclaimed performances include solo appearances with orchestras in Europe as well as a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

At age 22, Lin won a position in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She became acting concertmaster with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and then spent two years as Concertmaster with the London Symphony Orchestra, where she was leader for many recordings and tours, including those to Japan, Italy, Scotland, and Spain. After returning to the Boston Symphony in 1995, she also began to focus on chamber music, founding the Boston Trio and in 1998 joining the Muir String Quartet. The quartet’s dedication to teaching helped to foster Lin’s passion for helping young musicians to discover their own musical voice. With influences from her own mentors—Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca—reflected in her pedagogy, Lin teaches applied violin, chamber music, and orchestral studies as Professor at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

Lucia Lin’s creativity for unique projects has led her to make connections across the arts, including dance, visual art, and literature. In 2007, she collaborated with the dance company Snappy Dance Theater in the world premiere of String Beings, an innovative piece integrating music with dance and technology. Her newest project, In Tandem, builds on Lin’s vision of taking performance, mentoring and collaboration to new levels. In Tandem is a nonprofit initiative dedicated to bringing new voices to classical music by commissioning ten emerging composers from the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.

Lucia Lin has recorded for Nonesuch Records as a guest of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, for New World Records in works of Bright Sheng, and for Parjomusic as a founding member of the Boston Trio. Her most recent recordings include works of Kreisler, Berg, and Schulhof with the Muir String Quartet and, for the harmonia mundi label, a collaboration with harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and bandoneon player J.P. Jofre in music of Astor Piazzolla.

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