Jenny Lin, pianist
“Bach’s presence also hovered over the featured artist of the evening, the dynamic pianist Jenny Lin, who played 5 of the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich… On this night she was beautifully attentive to the Neo-Classical formalities and elegance of the Shostakovich works…“
– The New York Times
“…pianist Jenny Lin may have established herself with the most imaginatively conceived program of the year… Anyone lucky enough to have been there … will probably agree that this was a recital that will not easily be forgotten.”
– The San Francisco Examiner
“Pianist Jenny Lin gave a recital…that was as thoughtfully conceived as it was beautifully executed. …deeply felt performances… extraordinarily satisfying evening.”
– The Washington Post
Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises “Lin’s confident fingers… spectacular technique… “, “…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now…” and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as “an exceptionally sensitive pianist”. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, SF Jazz, MoMA, Stanford LIVE, and National Gallery of Art, appearing at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany.
Since 2000, Jenny’s discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World and Albany Records. She is also the central figure in “Cooking for Jenny” by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to Spain. Other media appearances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today, and “Speaking for Myself”, a film about Manhattan as seen through the eyes of eight contemporary artists by filmmaker Bert Shapiro. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include performances throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America; her continuing “Melody’s Mostly Musical Day” children’s concerts; the release of the complete Nocturnes of Chopin, piano music of Artur Schnabel, and the complete Piano Etudes of Philip Glass. Since 2014, she has joined Mr. Glass in his ongoing world tour of his Etudes. Jenny is a Steinway Artist.
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