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, Lin enrolled at Weber State University to study with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang. 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 candidate at University of Minnesota under the guidance of Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw.
Lin has been selected as a top prizewinner in numerous piano competitions, including Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, 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 orchestral appearances include Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), Toruń Symphony Orchestra (Poland), Utah Symphony (UT), Savannah Philharmonic (GA), Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (CO), Aurora Symphony Orchestra (CO), and Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra (WA).
Fanya Lin’s festival concerts include Aspen, Music@Menlo, Foulger Music Festival, Rocky Mountain Audio Festival, and Paderewski Piano Academy. Lin has collaborated with world-class musicians and organizations including Noah Bendix-Balgley (concert master of Berlin Philharmonic), Romie de Guise-Langlois (clarinetist of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society), Ta’u Pupu’a (tenor in major opera productions including Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera), and New Asia Chamber Music Society. Furthermore, Lin has been featured in prestigious concert series including Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise, Stecher and Horowitz Young Artist Series, Eslite Emerging Artist Series, Taiwan Rising Star of Young Star Series, and New Arts Emerging Artist.
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, Lin has given performances at rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, trauma units, and other healthcare facilities in New York and California. Lin was described as a “striking interpreter” who gives a “committed and heartfelt performance.” –Musical America, New York Times