Cello Joanne Lin is an enthusiastic explorer of chamber music. She frequently performs with the New York-based mixed chamber ensemble Transfiguration and is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area’s conductorless New Century Chamber Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Lin has attended such festivals as Bowdoin, Musicorda, Yellow Barn, and Norfolk, studying with artists Syoko Aki, Bonnie Hampton, James Buswell, William Purvis, Andre Emelianoff, and members of the Cassatt, Tokyo and Vermeer String Quartets, among others. As a Masters student at The Juilliard School, Ms. Lin studied chamber music with Jacob Lateiner, Seymour Lipkin, Toby Appel, Jerry Grossman and Joel Smirnoff. Her piano trio was featured in an Alice Tully Hall chamber music series concert with the Brahms B Major Piano Trio, and her string quartet performed in the St. Paul’s Cathedral Chamber Music Series, New York.
An avid performer of new music, Ms. Lin was a founding member of Argento Chamber Ensemble, a contemporary music group that presented “Loops and Resonances,” a program in the “Sounds French” Festival held in New York in March 2003. The ensemble has also been featured in the American Festival of Microtonal Music. At the request of Columbia University, the ensemble recorded Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” for an interdisciplinary website. Argento was invited to Turkey to perform in the Istanbul International Spectral Music Conference in November 2003, where they also recorded music by Tristan Murail for release on the Aeon label.
In addition, Ms. Lin has appeared as a guest artist on various prestigious new music series, including League of Composers/ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) concerts and the Look and Listen Festival. She is a regular cellist for the Long Island Composers Alliance and has worked closely with important living composers, among them Tristan Murail and Mario Davidovsky.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lin has been deeply interested in arts education. While a student at Juilliard, she was a visiting Teaching Assistant in New York public schools, introducing different aspects of music to classrooms ranging from third to eighth grade. She has performed for school assemblies with the Antara Ensemble, and worked with the Chester Boys Chorus for three summers, teaching basic theory and piano to children and tutoring them in reading and writing. Additionally, in college, she co-hosted a classical music radio show, introducing unusual music programs to the listening audience at large.
Ms. Lin received her Masters degree from The Juilliard School in 2000, as a student of Fred Sherry. While earning her BA in Environmental Systems Modeling at Swarthmore College, she studied cello with Peter Stumpf in Philadelphia. She is a native of San Francisco, where her first cello teacher was Irene Sharp. Ms. Lin has been based in New York City since 1998.