Lin will perform as one of the first-place winners in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2013, in the “College Students and Professional Musicians” category. Lin is the only winner from Utah and joins a group of elite performers from around the world, including the U.S., South Korea, Lithuania and France. She is excited to perform with the other winners.
The petite pianist with a firm handshake and warm smile earned her honor after submitting several recordings to the American Protégé competition. She had an excellent selection of concerts from which to make her selection of recordings. As the national first place winner of the Music Teachers National Association Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition in 2010, Lin was awarded a $23,000 upright Steinway piano and a chance to play at Steinway Hall.
From those concerts, she chose three pieces for the Protégé entry: Lowell Libermann, “Gargoyles Op. 29,” third and fourth movements; Franz Liszt, “La Campanella” and Fredrick Chopin, “Sonata No. 2.”
“It was hard because it was kind of like a new language to me,” Lin recalled. She received some help with the interpretation of the work when she emailed both Libermann and pianist Eric Himy, who premiered the piece in 1989.
Both musicians emphasized the ferocious nature of gargoyles. “Gargoyles is meant not in any programmatic way, but to indicate sharply drawn character sketches of a somewhat grotesque or morbid nature,” Liebermann wrote. “The four pieces are actually highly contrasting etudes: the first, a devilishly difficult study in double-notes; the second, legato octaves above an ostinato; the third, legato melody with inner figuration divided between the two hands; and lastly, another fiendishly difficult study, an endurance test in double-notes, octaves and leaps.”
Their relationship is what brought Lin to Weber State. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, she had been accepted at other prestigious programs including Julliard and Oberlin Conservatory, but in addition to an excellent education, she wanted to find a home.
An experience ordering breakfast in the big city sticks in her memory. “I asked for a bagel, and the woman said, ‘What kind of bagel?’ I never thought about there being different kinds of bagel, so I needed time to process. She gave me a wave of the hand, indicating ‘You’re wasting everyone’s time.’ I was so shocked; it was not very welcoming.”
It was game-changing for the university, as well.
Lin graduates in April with a degree in keyboard performance and a minor in psychology, which she says will help her understand classical composers and guess what they were thinking when they were composing.
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