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The 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Semifinalists - Biography

Natalie Lin

Natalie Lin

Originally from New Zealand, violinist Natalie Lin, 23, has performed as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and the Taichung City Symphony in Taiwan. In September, she gave a performance of Britten’s Violin Concerto at Cleveland’s Severance Hall with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. The 2011–12 season also brought her performances at the Kennedy Center and in England as a Britten-Pears Young Artist.

Lin began studies at age 4 with the Suzuki method, winning her first competition at age 6 in Auckland. In 2004, she was recognized as the Auckland Philharmonia Young Performer of the Year. While in high school, she cultivated a love for chamber music, winning the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest with her piano quartet in 2005 and directing her high-school chamber orchestra from the concertmaster chair in 2006. After moving to the U.S. in 2007, Lin won concerto competitions at the Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Houston. At the 2009 Young Texas Artist Competition, she was awarded first prize in the string division and the Audience Choice Award. She won second prize in the 2011 Violin Concerto competition at the Aspen Music Festival. She has been featured several times on Houston Public Radio’s The Front Row and Radio New Zealand’s Concert FM.

Lin is a founding member of the MO Quartet, formed in Aspen in 2011. As a chamber musician, she has also collaborated with Paul Kantor, Jeffrey Irvine, Kyung Sun Lee and her sister, violinist Christabel Lin.

Lin has studied and worked closely with leading violin pedagogue Paul Kantor, serving as his teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival and Cleveland Institute of Music. Beginning this fall, she will pursue an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute with Joel Smirnoff.