Born in Taiwan in 1960, Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. Musical America named Lin its Instrumentalist of the Year in 2000.
In his capacity as music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, he has helped commission works by Chen Yi, Chick Corea, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Mark O’Connor and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. As a solo artist, he has premiered concertos by Tan Dun, Joel Hoffman, Christopher Rouse, Bright Sheng and Chen Yi.
Apart from conventional repertoire, Lin continues his advocacy for contemporary music by presenting the world premiere of Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin’s Double Concerto with cellist Felix Fan with the San Diego Symphony as well as Chinese composer Bright Sheng’s Three Fantasies at the Library of Congress with pianist Andre-Michel Schub.
Cho-Liang Lin has recorded for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos and BIS. His albums have won such awards as Gramophone’s Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy Award nominations.