South Dakota

Yi-Chun Lin

Yi-Chun Lin has had a wide variety of musical experiences in her musical journey. As a violinist, she has performed as a soloist in places around the world, such as the Gewanhaus Concert Hall in Leipzig, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Taiwan. Besides her thriving solo career, string quartet has been her ultimate passion in her chamber music pilgrimage. Her Hokapa quartet in New York was featured on various media outlets, including the WQXR radio station in 2011. In 2013, she joined the Evita Quartet as the violist, and the quartet soon won the Bronze medal in Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition of 2014 and received invitations to several world renowned chamber competitions, such as Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London, UK. They have worked with world-renowned composers, such as Thomas Adès and Bright Sheng. They also became the Ensemble-in-residence at the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings in 2013, and were invited to the Banff Chamber Music program as a quartet-in-residence in the summer of 2014. Her passion for chamber music also embarked her on a musical exploration journey in various musical genres over the years, including Classical, Early Music, Jazz, Pop, and contemporary music. As Daniel Barenboim said: “don’t stick to the old ways, learn to think anew”, she enjoys working on innovative musical projects with any creative musical mind in sight.

In 2014, she discovered the incredibly intriguing and innovative language of Early Music. She then began introducing the Early Music to her outreach concert series in Ann Arbor. In the summer of 2015, she was invited as a Baroque violinist to the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin as a full scholarship recipient, and gave a recital with the Roseland Trio at the Twin Cities Baroque Early Music Festival in Minneapolis. Not only is she a violinist and a violist, she is also a pianist who enjoys collaborating with both professional and amateurs musicians. As the winner of the Taiwan National Yamaha Piano Competition in 2013 and the 24th Annual Kawai International Piano Competition in 2001, she has received many invitations to perform around Taiwan, including her collaboration with the Ocarina Philharmonic Association of Taiwan in 2010.

After completing her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College in NYC with years of guidance by her mentor violinist Lucie Robert, she entered the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to pursue her doctorate degree and to study with violinist Aaron Berofsky. She received her doctorate in 2015 and joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra as the associate principal second violin for the season of 2015-16.