Brian Lin (Age: 26)

Sponsor Brian Lin

Concert pianist Brian Lin is, described by well-respected pianist Matti Raekallio, “a tremendous virtuoso with an appealing richness of musical imagination and a performer’s courage that immediately capture the listener.”

Since coming to the U.S. from China at the age of 15, Mr. Lin has been a top-prize winner at numerous competitions worldwide, including the Hilton Head, Virginia Waring, and Lennox International Piano Competition. In 2016, Mr. Lin received third prize at the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg International Competition, one of the foremost multi-instrument competitions in the world, where he performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Mr. Lin became one of only 20 young artists in the United States to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award, a $100,000 scholarship. 

Mr. Lin made his concerto debut in 2008 with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Fort Myers, FL. In 2011, He performed with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, TX under the baton of maestro Anshel Brusilow, former Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Other Performance highlights include solo and chamber appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall.

Mr. Lin is also an avid chamber musician. He has participated and performed in renowned chamber music programs such as Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festivals, Juilliard Chamberfest and Four Seasons Winter Workshop. In 2013, He was invited to the Montecito Music Festival as a fellowship recipient, where he took on the responsibilities of coaching and playing chamber music with the younger students at the festival.

In addition to his success in competitions and concert performances, Mr. Lin places great importance in music education for the younger generation. In 2016, he founded his own music school in Shenzhen, China, where it currently provides lessons to over 100 enrolled students. In the United States, Mr. Lin has performed and lectured at numerous secondary and primary schools across the country, as well as judged numerous state-level MTA (music teacher association) competitions.

r. Lin received his bachelor’s and master’s degree at The Juilliard School in 2014 and 2016. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the Peabody Conservatory with Ms. Yong-Hi Moon

Mr. Lin has an array of interests outside of music as well. He is a self-taught freelance financial writer on the prominent financial website, Seeking Alpha, where he publishes articles about stock recommendations. He is also a Texas Hold’em poker tournament winner at the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino.

(To learn more about him, go to his website at