As America's oldest continuous chamber music festival, Music Mountain attracts musicians in the highest caliber each year. The Harlem Quartet is one of the most active and sought-after string quartets based in New York City. They performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009.
Chinese pianist YinJia Lin has drawn international attention since her concerto debut at the age of 15 with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, conducted by Wing-Sie Yip. Recognized by critics, colleagues and the public as a pianist with the highest sensitivity, imagination and precision, combining brilliant musicality with great passion, Ms. Lin has performed solo recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts in New York City venues such as the Alice Tully Hall, WMP Concert Hall, Ana Tzarev Gallery, and the Frederick Loewe Theater at New York University, as well as performing at international venues including the Hong Kong City Hall and the Golden Horse Concert Hall in Canton, China. Ms. Lin has been awarded many scholarships, awards and prizes in both China and the U.S., including the Second Prize of the Buono & Bradshaw International Piano Competition in 2008, the First Prize of the New York University Piano Concerto Competition in 2005 and the First Prize of the Mozart International Piano/Violin Concerto Competition in Hong Kong in 1998. As an Adjunct Artist for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Lin performed numerous solo recitals in New Jersey for the 2008-2009 subscription season, captivating and delighting her audiences.
Born in Canton, China, YinJia Lin began playing the piano at the age of six. In 2000, she came to the United States to study with Martin Canin at the Juilliard Pre-College division in New York City. The following year, Ms. Lin was accepted as a full-scholarship student by the Juilliard School’s college division. Ms. Lin has participated in many music festivals, including the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival from 2000 to 2003 and the Nice Academy in France in 2006. She has also participated in Master Classes given by Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lazar Berman, Olivier Gardon, Shi-Kun Liu, Ming-Qiang Li, and Arie Vardi.
In addition to performing, Ms. Lin has a passion for teaching. She was appointed Adjunct Faculty at New York University from 2005-2007, teaching music courses to undergraduate students while pursuing her Master of Arts at NYU’s Steinhardt School. In 2008, Ms. Lin joined the faculty of the Noel Pointer Foundation where she taught music to underprivileged children from the Brooklyn area. She also worked professionally as a Music Consultant for the Ana Tzarev Gallery in New York City, as well as Concert Hall Manager at the WMP Concert Hall, where she organized many concerts, including the popular “Strad for Lunch” series.
Ms. Lin recently completed her Doctoral study at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, under the tutelage of Santiago Rodriguez. As a full-scholarship student and Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Paul Posnak, Ms. Lin taught undergraduate keyboardskills and accompanying classes as well as coaching chamber music ensembles. An experienced and versatile keyboardist, Ms. Lin studied the harpsichord with musicologist Dr. Frank Cooper and the organ with Dr. Robert Remek. She recently made an appearance in the Frost School of Music’s “Festival Miami” as harpsichordist with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In 2011, Ms. Lin was invited to play at the Ecuadorian Consulate in New York City with Venezuelan violinist Everhard Paredes. She also made an appearance in the Miami Civic Music Association’s 2012 concert series and soloed with the Coral Gables Opera at its “American Ideal Concert,” performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, which was broadcast on PBS channel thirteen. Ms. Lin’s doctoral dissertation, Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonatas: A performance Guide, is published by Scholars’ Press, one of the leading academic publishing houses in Germany.