Wei-Yang Andy Lin, born in Taiwan, recognized as one of the most promising young violists of today, is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Stony Brook University of New York. He came to the U.S. in 1997 to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy and holds his Bachelor and Master's Degrees from The Juilliard School.
Mr. Lin has won numerous competitions including Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, Top Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Maestro Stefan Sanderling playing Penderecki's Viola Concerto. As the winner of the 2009 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition he performed the Walton Viola Concerto with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his solo career Mr. Lin is an avid chamber musician and is a member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet. The quartet was a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and was recently selected to join the roster of the Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two for a three-year residency. They have won the First Prize in the Piano and Strings Category as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Plowman Competition. They also won the First Prize in the 2010 Kauder String Quartet Competition. Mr. Lin is currently a member of the Asiana Virtuosi, which frequently performs in Pennsylvania, and is also a member of the Musicians of Lenox Hill. As an orchestral leader he has served as a principal violist in the Idyllwild Arts Chamber Orchestra, Ureuk Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as a principal violist of the International Sejong Soloists, with whom he served as artist at the Great Mountain Music Festival and School in Korea. Mr. Lin currently serves as principal violist of the Solisti Ensemble, the New York Classical Players and the Salome Chamber Orchestra.
Additionally he has been privileged to perform for the former President of the United States, Bill Clinton and the former President of Taiwan, Ten-Hui Lee. He was also invited to perform chamber music with Itzhak Perlman where The New York Times described Mr. Perlman, playing first violin. . . answered in kind by the violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin." Other distinguished artists with whom he has collaborated include Ani and Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, Paul Neubauer, Ettore Causa, Carter Brey, Chee-Yun Kim, Jian Wang, Colin Carr, members of the Guarneri String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet, and the Mendelssohn String Quartet.
Mr. Lin has appeared at Gerhart Music Festival in Alabama, OK Mozart in Oklahoma, Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and La Jolla Music SummerFest in San Diego. He has served as faculty at Musica e Arte in Tolentino, Italy and is currently the artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and the New York Formosa Choir.
In addition to his accomplishments as a classical musician he is also a world recognized professional Erhu player. He has won the Taiwan National Erhu Competition and has recorded film music for a number of movies and short films, including "The Blood Brothers" and the award winning short film "Daughters" (Best Original Score at NYU Tisch Film Festival). He has performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davie's "Kommilitonen!" with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim's "Engraft" for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. He was recently invited by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to play the solo erhu part in "Iris devoilee" by Chen Qi-Gang in Milwaukee and in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. He has also appeared at OK Mozart and Chamber Music Northwest festivals. He currently serves as a faculty member at the Chinese Cultural Arts Institute of Harrisburg. Upcoming erhu engagements include a recital at the Metropolitan Museum's Gallery Concert Series in the fall of 2012 and an appearance with the New York Classical Players in the spring of 2013.