From a young age, Fanya Lin, who began formal piano study at age four, dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. Fanya was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and attended Dun-Hua Elementary School, the Junior High Division and the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University. In 2008, Fanya declined admissions offers from internationally renowned music conservatories and enrolled at Weber State University to study with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang, the Director of Keyboard Studies. Fanya was the recipient of the Edna Ione Hall Scholarship, 2012-2013 Presser Foundation Scholarship Award, and 2013 AHA Friend of College Award.
Fanya has been selected as a top prize winner in numerous piano competitions. She was named the first-place winner in the 2009 Utah Music Teacher Association Concerto Competition, the 2009 Snowy Range Piano Competition, the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Steinway Young Artists National Piano Competition, and the 2013 American Protégé International String and Piano Competition. Fanya was also named the second-place winner in the piano duet category of the 2010 New York International Piano Competition, the second-place winner, Teacher’s Favorite Award recipient, and President’s Award recipient of the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition.
Since coming to the United States, Fanya has performed with the Weber State University Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, and Utah Symphony. In addition, Fanya was selected as one of the esteemed 2011 “National Concert Hall Rising Stars” in Taiwan and was invited to give a solo recital at the Taiwan National Concert Hall. In 2013, Fanya was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, and received “Best Performance Award” from American Protégé organization. As the special award recipient of 2013 International Russian Music Piano Competition, Fanya was invited to perform in Europe in the summer of 2014.
Fanya 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, and 2011 Deeper Piano Study Program. In 2012, Fanya was appointed as a staff accompanist for the Weber State University International Solo/Chamber Music Camp. Furthermore, Fanya was invited as a guest artist for Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival in 2013 and 2014.
Along her musical journey, Fanya has had the rare opportunities to study with renowned musicians such as Ivo Pogorelich, Boris Berman, Tamas Vasary, Nelita True, Boris Slutsky, Wu Han, Arthur Greene, and Lydia Artymiw. In the summer of 2010, Fanya studied at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler as a visiting student. Currently, Fanya is a first year Master student at The Juilliard School, studying with professor Jerome Lowenthal and professor Choong Mo Kang.