The Pepperdine University Center for the Arts 2013-2014 Recital Series presents a performance by pianist Steven Lin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, at Raitt Recital Hall on Pepperdine's Malibu campus.
The program will include Robert Schumann's Kinderszenen, Op. 15, and Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14; Beethoven's Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3; and Liszt's Réminiscences de Don Juan.
A victory at the 2012 Concert Artists Guild (CAG) Victor Elmaleh Competition is the latest in a growing list of awards for Lin, an immediately engaging and imaginative young Taiwanese American pianist.
Recently he was a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where his vibrant playing was recognized both by critics ("...thoroughly enjoyable both as music and as a performance" --Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) and the judges, who selected him for the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award.
Of his recent performance as soloist in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Baltimore Symphony, The Baltimore Sun called his performance "elegantly refined."
Highlights of his 2013-2014 season include debut recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (CAG New York Series) and Merkin Concert Hall, the Gilmore Rising Stars series (Kalamazoo, MI), Chamber Music Society of Little Rock (AR), and the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech University.
Featured concerto engagements include the Tulare County Symphony (CA), where he plays Michael Daugherty's Le Tombeau de Liberace. The season began with summer festival performances at the Aspen Chamber Music Workshop, under the mentorship of David Finckel and Wu Han, and the La Jolla SummerFest, curated by violinist Cho-Liang Lin.
Steven Lin's artistry was clear from an early age when he was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at the age of 10 to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Piano Competition, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at the age of 13. Additional concerto engagements include the New Jersey Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony, and Sendai Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the Baltimore and New York appearances.
The pianist's broad musical interests allow him to move with ease between concertos, recitals, and chamber music, enjoying appearances around the world at important venues including the Louvre and Salle Cortot in France; National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; Seoul Arts Center in Korea; Sendai Cultural Center in Japan; and Avery Fisher Hall in the United States. Recent recital debuts include the National Chopin Foundation in Miami and the International Piano Series in Charleston. Lin has appeared on radio broadcasts including NPR's From the Top and WQXR's McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase.
During the CAG Competition, Lin's compelling artistry was further recognized with a special piano prize. Also in 2012, he was a prizewinner at the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Juilliard School's Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and he claimed an unprecedented three honors at the 2012 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, cited for his excellence in baroque and contemporary music, as well as his overall pianism.
Lin earned both bachelor's and master's degrees at the Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio. Currently he is pursuing a Performance Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, under McDonald's guidance.
When not making music, Lin describes himself as an "NBA basketball fanatic," a source of great pride and commitment that began when he was eight years old.
The 2013-2014 Pepperdine Recital Series is sponsored by the Kwong family. Additional upcoming recitals include those by pianist Adam Golka on January 12 and the Amphion String Quartet on March 2.