A listener might assume that a new symphony called “Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide
The McCrindle Concert features an afternoon of romantic virtuosity. The Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Artist Steven Lin joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s darkly energetic piano concerto. The program closes with a variety of dances, marches, and somber melodies in Rachmaninoff’s dramatic final composition, Symphonic Dances, dedicated to the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Tonia Ko: Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide (world premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, op. 45
Taiwanese American pianist Steven Lin is an immediately engaging and imaginative young artist, applauded by the New York Times for playing that is “…immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics,” and his growing list of awards features the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In May 2014, his dynamic playing at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition was recognized when he was awarded the Silver Medal as well as numerous performance prize engagements in Israel and internationally.
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 ten 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 performances include the New Jersey Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic and Sendai Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on radio broadcasts including NPR’s From The Top and WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase.
Steven Lin earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio. He is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, under the guidance of Robert McDonald. When not making music, Steven Lin describes himself as an ‘NBA basketball fanatic,’ a source of great pride and commitment which began when he was eight years old.