Eastman School of Music
Artist's BiographyBiography 2005-06
Chien-Kwan Lin (b. 1972, Singapore) has appeared as soloist and guest artist with the New England Conservatory and Eastman Wind Ensembles, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Tanglewood Music Center Festival Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Portland (ME) Symphony, the Eastman Philharmonia, as well as the Boston and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras.
Mr. Lin’s performances have garnered tremendous praise from critics in New York and Boston. His critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital prompted New York Concert Review’s Darrell Rosenbluth to portray him as a performer “who has the passion and restraint and beautiful sense of line to take melody where it wants to go, fully and generously,” while the Boston Globe has lauded him for “displaying chops,” and has described his playing as “polished,” “charismatic,” and “appealing.”
Recent appearances by Mr. Lin have included recitals at the 28th Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium; the 13th World Saxophone Congress; Taiwan’s Emerging Artists Series; and Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series. He has also performed with the Eastman Virtuosi, the Fromm Players of Harvard University, the Formosa Chamber Music Society, and as invited guest at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory. At the Virginia Arts Festival, he presented the world premiere of Michael Colgrass’s Dream Dancer with the United States Continental Army Band. Mr. Lin was also profiled in the Saxophone Journal in 2004. His recording of David Liptak’s Serenade for Alto Sax & String Orchestra, which John Pitcher of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle called “brilliantly recorded,” is available on Bridge Records.
Since winning top prizes in Singapore’s National Music Competition four consecutive times (violin category), Chien-Kwan Lin has enjoyed a multi-faceted career, taking home the Best Conductor Award at the 12th National Band Leaders Festival, and working for several years as a jazz violinist. In addition, Mr. Lin has appeared as orchestral violinist with northeastern groups including the New Hampshire Symphony, the Indian Hill Symphony, and the Hannover (NH) Chamber Orchestra.
Chien-Kwan Lin is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music. He holds a Performer’s Certificate from Eastman, and received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, both with top honors, from the New England Conservatory. He was also twice winner of the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, and was recipient of the George W. Chadwick medal, the honor bestowed each year by the Conservatory upon its most outstanding graduate. Mr. Lin’s teachers have included Ken Radnofsky and Ramon Ricker. He resides with his wife, pianist Pi-Lin Ni, in Rochester, New York. Chien-Kwan Lin performs exclusively on Selmer instruments.