San Francisco Boston Taiwan Philippines Concert Guitarist
Steve Lin, classical guitarist
Classical Guitarist Steve Lin has performed solo concerts and chamber music concerts in San Francisco New York Boston Manila Cebu Hong Kong Taipei Los Angeles Siena Italy Newport Providence Rhode Island Harvard Cambridge New Haven Yale Wellesley Newton Columbus San Jose Los Angeles Eureka Palo Alto New Hampshire Santa Rosa Fort Bragg Eureka Novato Berkeley Jamaica Plain Roxbury Cupertino Sunnyvale Mountain View Santa Clara Fremont Daly City San Bruno Eureka Arcada Fresno Northridge Fremont San Mateo Redwood City Daly City Berkeley Oakland Irvine
Steve Lin has studied and have had master classes with Eliot Fisk Oscar Ghighlia David Starobin David Leisner Ben Verdery Scott Tennant Brian Gore Brian Head David Tanenbaum Ronald Purcell Ron Borczon Ron Dunn Bob Ward Frank Koonce Bruce Holzman Adam Holzman Lorenzo Micheli Matteo Mela Bob Sullivan Nick Goluses John Williams Canadian Guitar Quartet Andrew Zohn Todd Richards Matthew Dunlap Robby Gibson Isaac Bustos Grisha Goryachev Zaira Menenses Sergio Assad Odair Assad Luiz Montovani Jose Valdez LAGQ Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Carlos Barbosa-Lima Roland Dyens Martha Masters Dusan Bogdanovic Lily Afshar Mary Akerman Thibault Cauvin Boris Gaquere Scott Borg Santiago Diaz Az Samad Patrick Francis
Steve has played guitars by Stephen Connor Herman Hauser Fleta Thomas Humphrey German Vasquez Rubio Boucher Contreras Lester Gibson Ibanez Bartolex Neris Gonzales Tabo Derecho Jim Redgate Greg Smallman Ramirez Austurias Alhambra
<3>Steve Lin has been to festivals worldwide: Guitar Foundation of America Austin Classical Guitar Society Seattle Classical Guitar Society Philippine International Guitar Festival South Bay Guitar Society San Francisco Classical Guitar Soceity Boston Classical Guitar Society America Guitar Society with SICPP Summer Institute for Performance Practice Boston Guitar Festival GuitarFest East Carolina University Guitar Festival L'Accademia Chigiana Cervo Guitar Festival Stetson Guitar Workshop National Guitar Workshop Yale Guitar Extravaganza Long Beach Guitar Soceity New England Conservatory Flamenco Institute Mid Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival Taiwan Guitar Festival Guitar Friends of the Philippines Cebu Arts Council Quezon City School of the Performing Arts Cultural Center of the Philippines
Steve Lin has concertized throughout the United States, Italy, the Philippines, and Taiwan. He is acclaimed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory” and praised by American guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk as a performer who “plays with an innate and uncommon elegance”.
Steve was the first prize winner at the 2006 Boston GuitarFest Competition and the 2001 East Carolina University Guitar Competition. He has performed at Mérida Yucatán Guitar Festival, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana, ChitarraImperia Festival, and Stetson Guitar Workshop.
A recording artist for VGo Recordings, Steve has released two albums. The first, Eliot Fisk Series Vol. 1 (VG1013), is a joint effort with guitarist Joseph Williams II and La Bella Strings and was dubbed “innovative and exciting” by Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Music Reviews. His second CD, Imagen (VG1015), features the Latin American compositions of Agustín Barrios and Antonio Lauro, which Classical Guitar Magazine called “brilliant” and “virtuosic”. A third CD is underway and will feature Asian and Asian-inspired music.
In addition to his work as a concert guitarist, Steve is regularly engaged in community and educational concerts. Beginning in 2005, he founded Boston Guitar Project, which organized over 20 performances annually, ranging from benefit concerts for disaster relief, music hours for nursing homes and hospitals, and fund raiser concerts for local non-profits throughout the Greater Boston Area. Now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he continues his work through the South Bay Guitar Society and his own outreach initiative, reaching churches, libraries, and schools.
In November 2009, Steve premiered Journey into Desire byLei Liang; the commission was made possible by support from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the South Bay Guitar Society. Journey into Desire is based on the Chinese novel Dreams from the Red Chamber and it was given its Asian premier at the first Philippine International Guitar Festival in Manila in 2010. Steve has also commissioned works by Mu-Xuan Lin, David McMullin, Nomi Epstein, Joseph Johnson, Matthew McConnell, and Colin Stack.
In 2008, Steve was coached by composer Helmut Lachenmann in preparation for a performance of '...zwei Gefühle...', Musik mit Leonardo with Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort. He has performed with Boston Microtonal Society’s NotaRiotous, a chamber ensemble dedicated to promoting microtonal music. He has also appeared at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) and on the New Gallery Concert Series of Boston.
At present, Steve is the guitar area coordinator at San Jose State University. He teaches at Northern California School of Music and Canon Music School. Steve is completing his doctorate from New England Conservatory under Eliot Fisk. He earned his M.M. at Yale School of Music and his B.M. at NEC. His primary teachers have included Oscar Ghiglia, Lorenzo Micheli, Wei-Ren Chuang, Ronald Purcell, and Ronald Borczon. During his free time he spends many hours in the kitchen and plays an occasional table tennis.
Philippine International Guitar Festival was amazing.
South Bay Guitar Society in San Jose California was amazing.