The Art of the Piano: Jenny Lin

The Art of the Piano: Jenny Lin
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Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)
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“The most imaginatively conceived program of the year.”
– San Francisco Examiner

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov creates a universal testament to existence through spare, deeply affecting compositions. For this celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, pianist Jenny Lin illuminates Silvestrov’s lyrical meditations on Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, and others alongside the masterworks that inspired him.


Valentin Silvestrov: Benedictus
Mompou: Angelico, from Música callada
Silvestrov: Der Bote (“The Messenger”)
Mozart: Allegro, from Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major
Silvestrov: Wedding Waltz
Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major
Silvestrov: Chopin Moments
Chopin: Nocturne in C minor
Silvestrov: Bagatelle
Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau
Silvestrov: Postludium
Wagner (trans. Liszt): Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde

Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises “Lin’s confident fingers… spectacular technique… “, “…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now…” and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as “an exceptionally sensitive pianist”. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, MoMA, Stanford LIVE, and National Gallery of Art, appearing at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto/USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany.

Since 2000, Jenny’s discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World and Albany Records. She is also the central figure in “Cooking for Jenny” by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to Spain. Other media appearances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today, and “Speaking for Myself”, a film about Manhattan as seen through the eyes of eight contemporary artists by filmmaker Bert Shapiro. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include tours throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America; her debut in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series; and the release of Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, an illustrated album for children, and the piano music of Sergei Prokofiev and Kirill Zaborov. Since 2014, she has joined Philip Glass in his ongoing world tour of his complete Piano Etudes. Jenny is a Steinway Artist.

This is concert # 593 at Gallery 345

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