Lucia Lin

Lucia Lin

Professor of Music, Violin

Lucia Lin first made her debut at age eleven, performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Chicago Symphony and then went on to be a prize winner of numerous competitions, including the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Ms. Lin has performed in solo recitals throughout the U.S., making her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in March 1991. Other solo appearances include those with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Festivalorchester in Graz, Austria, and the Moscow State Orchestra.

At the age of 22, she won a position in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She then went on to become acting concertmaster with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and then spent two years as Concertmaster with the London Symphony Orchestra, where she was leader for numerous recordings and tours, including those to Japan, Italy, Scotland, and Spain.

A return to the U.S. in 1995 brought her back to Boston with a focus towards chamber music, first founding the Boston Trio, and then becoming a member of the Grammy-winning Muir String Quartet in 1998. The quartet’s dedication to teaching helped to foster Lin’s passion for helping young musicians to discover their own musical voice. The influence of her mentors, Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca, is reflected in her pedagogy.

A frequent collaborator in chamber music, Ms. Lin has also performed at the Sapporo Music Festival, the Da Camera Society in Houston, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Context in Houston, the St. Barts Music Festival, and the Barbican Hall Chamber series in London. Ms. Lin has also recorded for Nonesuch Records as a guest of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, for New World Records on a disc featuring the works of Bright Sheng, for EcoClassics as a member of the Muir String Quartet, for Parjomusic as a member of the Boston Trio, and for Harmonia Mundi in collaboration with harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and bandoneon player J.P. Jofre on a disc featuring the works of Astor Piazzolla.

Ms. Lin’s passion for the other arts—including dance, visual, literature—has prompted her to look into creating projects that make connections across the arts. 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 in which she danced whilst playing the violin. The pandemic and social uprisings of 2020 were the impetus for Ms. Lin’s project, “In Tandem”, an initiative dedicated to bringing new diverse voices to classical music through commissions of ten emerging composers from the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.

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