Piano Concert to Thank Community and Parents

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents a solo piano recital by senior Fan-Ya Lin, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Val A. Browning Center Allred Theater.

“I couldn’t find a better way to end my five years of college life than through a concert,” Lin said. “I want to have the concert right after graduation partially because lots of people will be around, including my parents, who live in Taipei, Taiwan. I want them to see my growth and the support I have from Weber State and Ogden community.”

Lin recently returned from her debut performance at Carnegie Hall, March 31. There she was awarded the special “Best Performance at the Winners Concert” grand prize by the president of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. 

Her mentor and teacher, WSU faculty member Yu-Jane Yang, said, “They selected only one person for the grand prize from all the strings and piano winners from various age categories who performed that evening at the winners’ concert. Fan-Ya totally captured the attention of the audience and has a promising future as a concert artist." 

Lin will soon begin her master’s degree program at Julliard – where she was originally accepted for her undergraduate studies. Instead, she chose to attend WSU to study with Yang.

Another of Yang’s students, Zoe Lu, also has been admitted into the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. It was Lu’s first choice of schools during her graduate auditions.

“I am thrilled that both of them did so well at their auditions,” Yang said. “I am so proud of them for putting WSU’s piano program so prominently on the music map, and making us now comparable to all the best music programs nationally and internationally.”

The April 27 concert program includes Chopin selected etudes from “Op. 25”; Chopin, “Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor”; “Op. 35”; Scriabin, “Sonata No. 2” first movement and Prokofiev, “Toccata Op. 11.”

“Most of the repertoires I will be playing are brand new,” Lin said. “I want to learn more Chopin repertoire because I want to participate in the Chopin International Piano Competition in 2015, so I picked some etudes that I really like. I also want to explore the Russian repertoire, that’s why I will play Scriabin and Prokofiev.”

The concert is free, and the public is invited.

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Fan-Ya Lin, senior keyboard performance
801-645-3275 · fanyalin@mail.weber.edu


Yu-Jane Yang, Presidential Distinguished Professor and director keyboard studies          
801-645-3275 · yyang@weber.edu

Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu