A native of Taipei, Taiwan, pianist Fanya Lin began formal piano study at age four, and even in her youth dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. In 2008, Ms. Lin enrolled at Weber State University to study with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang. Ms. Lin was the recipient of the Edna Ione Hall Scholarship (2008-2013), Presser Foundation Scholarship Award (2012-2013), and AHA Friend of College Award (2013). Ms. Lin was selected to represent her graduating class as the student speaker for 2013 Weber State University commencement. In 2015, Ms. Lin graduated from The Juilliard School as a Master’s Student, studying with professor Hung-Kuan Chen and professor Jerome Lowenthal. During her time at Juilliard, she actively performed with The Juilliard Orchestra and contemporary music organizations such as Focus and Axiom. Currently, she is a recipient of Centennial Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship as a Doctoral student at University of Minnesota under the guidance of Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw.
Ms. Lin has been selected as a top prizewinner in numerous piano competitions, including International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival, New York International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, International Russian Music Piano Competition, and Beethoven Club International Piano Competition. Her American orchestral appearances include Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Savannah Philharmonic.
In a gracious act of student philanthropy, Ms. Lin donated her Music Teachers National Association award — a Steinway upright piano valued at $22,300 — to Weber State University’s Department of Performing Arts in 2010. She then organized two benefit concerts to raise an additional $70,000 so the university could exchange the upright piano for a Steinway B grand piano. Thanks in part to Fanya’s efforts as a Steinway Honorary Chair, Weber State University received an All-Steinway School of Music designation in September 2011. In 2012, Ms. Lin also played a critical role in the naming of Sid & Mary Foulger’s Music School as a result of enthusing Dr. Sid Foulger to donate $500,000 to Weber State University’s Music Department.
Ms. Lin was recognized for her outstanding teaching skills by the Utah Music Teachers Association, and honored with the title of Student Teacher of The Year in 2013. As an instructor, Ms. Lin has served as a teaching assistant at Weber State University’s college group piano class from 2010-2013. She was also a private teacher at Weber State University preparatory program for four years. Since studying at The Juilliard School, Ms. Lin has been awarded The Music Advancement Program fellowship, where she taught private piano lessons and secondary group piano to children age 8-14 from backgrounds under-represented in American. Ms. Lin was invited to serve as a masterclass teacher for Savannah Arts Academy, Kuang Jen Catholic High School, and Ogden MTA Chapter. Currently, Ms. Lin is teaching college group piano classes and applied piano lessons for secondary piano and elective piano students at University of Minnesota.
Ms. Lin has attended multiple music festivals, including the 2005 Bowdoin Music Festival, the 2008 Paris International Music Session, the 2009 Aspen Music Festival, the 2009 Music@Menlo, the 2010 Esterhazy Classical Music Festival, 2011 Deeper Piano Study Program, 2017 International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival, and 2017 Paderewski Piano Academy. Along her musical journey, Ms. Lin has had the rare opportunities to study with renowned musicians such as Ivo Pogorelich, Boris Berman, Tamas Vasary, Nelita True, Boris Slutsky, Wu Han, David Finckel, Menahem Pressler, Andrey Shibko, and Jan Jiracek von Arnim. Ms. Lin also had the distinctive opportunity to perform with the concertmaster of Berlin Philharmonic, Noah Bendix-Balgley, in the summer of 2014.
Furthermore, Ms. Lin was appointed as a staff accompanist for the Weber State University International Solo/Chamber Music Camp in 2012 and invited as a guest artist for Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival in 2013 and 2014. Ms. Lin was also appointed as the collaborative pianist for the 2014 New York International Piano Competition. As an interactive performer for The Gluck Community Service Fellowship at The Juilliard School and the Young Artists Ambassador at The Classics Alive Artists Management, Ms. Lin has given performances at rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, trauma units, and other healthcare facilities in New York and California. Ms. Lin was described as a “striking interpreter” who gives a “committed and heartfelt performance.” –Musical America, New York Times