The scores for “Refrain,” Stockhausen’s 1959 work for three musicians, provoked some titters when they were carried onstage at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday evening… “Refrain,” with its shimmering sustained tones, punctuated in unison by the three players.
“In the previous round, playing Rachmaninov [Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini], it appeared as though a tornado had touched down through her [Fanya Lin] body and lifted her, feathers fluttering, from the piano stool as she weighed into the keys.”
“Pianist Fanya Lin had me speechless when I first heard her play. She was absolutely breathtaking. I sat there in absolute awe. She’s such an interesting musician to watch. You can really feel the music when you watch her play. She’s a very visceral, very physical player, even though she’s knee-high to a grasshopper. She’s small and diminutive in stature and a giant musically. When she gets behind the piano, magic happens. She is music personified and I am amazed at her talent and energy. I can guarantee you this, she will have the audience on their feet with shouts of ‘bravo’ the second she stops playing. I can’t think of a better way to end the season.” – Peter Shannon (Artistic Director & Conductor of Savannah Philharmonic)
“We were initially treated to our second finals rendition of the Prokofiev No 3, masterfully played by the graceful Fanya Lin wearing her trademark waterfall black gown. The RPO, under the baton of Jac van Steen, were on top of their game, particularly the percussionist playing the castanets so accurately in this piece, as Fanya Lin flicked down the keyboard with syncopated staccato runs.”
The youngest winner in the competition’s history, the talented 20-year-old sophomore was awarded a Steinway 1098 vertical piano valued at more than $22,000. Ms. Lin and her mother generously decided to donate the piano to Weber State to augment their efforts to become an All-Steinway School.