Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, in a concert career spanning the globe for thirty years, is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. He is equally at home in concertos, recitals, chamber music and a teaching studio. Musical America named Mr. Lin its Instrumentalist of the Year in 2000.
Mr. Lin’s recent and upcoming concerts reflect his wide-ranging musical activities. Performing on several continents, he appears as soloist with orchestras such as Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Bergen Phihamonic in Norway, Stockholm Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and Singapore Symphony. As an avid chamber musician, he will bring chamber music to Beijing as well as performing at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As an advocate for music or our time, composers such as Joel Hoffman, John Harbison, Christopher Rouse, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paul Schoenfield, Bright Sheng, and Joan Tower all write works for him. Recently, Mr. Lin presented the European and American premieres of Tangos Concertantes, a concerto by Hollywood icon, Lalo Schifrin. Later in 2009, he will give the world premiere of Tan Dun's Violin Concerto as a part of Carnegie Hall's China Festival.
As Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest since 2001, he has helped develop a festival that focused primarily on chamber music into a multidisciplinary event which now also features dance, jazz and a burgeoning new music commissioning program which includes composers as diverse as Chick Corea, Stewart Copeland, Leon Kirchner, Christopher Rouse, Wayne Shorter, Kaija Saariaho and Gunther Schuller.
Cho-Liang Lin has recorded for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos and BIS. His albums have won such awards as Gramophone’s Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy® Award nominations. On Sony Classical, his discography includes standard violin repertoire such as concerti ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky as well as chamber music of Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Ravel. For Decca, he recorded the Concerto for Violin and Guitar by Aaron Jay Kernis with Sharon Isbin, conductor Hugh Wolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. For BIS, he recorded Chen Yi’s concerto Folk Dance Suite. For Ondine, he recorded the concerti of Tan Dun and Christopher Rouse. The Rouse recording was named one of the best classical albums by The New York Times. His most recent releases include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Sejong and Anthony Newman, violin works of Bright Sheng and Gordon Chin on Naxos, and the First Violin Concerto by George Tsontakis on Koch.
Born in Taiwan in 1960, Cho-Liang Lin began his violin lessons when he was 5 years old. At the age of 12, he went to Sydney to continue his musical studies with Robert Pikler. Inspired by an encounter with Itzhak Perlman while in Sydney, he traveled to New York in 1975 to audition for Mr. Perlman’s teacher, the late Dorothy DeLay, at The Juilliard School. He went on to study with Miss DeLay for six years. At the age of nineteen Mr. Lin made his New York debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival and soon thereafter with the New York Philharmonic, launching his concert career. He was was invited to join the faculty of the Juilliard School 1991, and was recently appointed Professor of Violin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He plays on the 1715 "Titian" Stradivari.