The American guitarist, Steve Lin, studied in Undergraduate Program (Dean’s List) at California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA (1999-2001) with Segovia Scholarship. He earned his B.M. with Academic Honors in Guitar Performance at New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA in 2003, and his M.M. with Academic Honors in Guitar Performance at Yale School of Music, New Haven, CT in 2005. He is completing his doctorate in Guitar Performance from New England Conservatory of Music under Eliot Fisk. His primary teachers have included Oscar Ghiglia, Lorenzo Micheli, Wei-Ren Chuang, Ronald Purcell, and Ronald Borczon. He has also participated in master-classes with David Russell, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, and Roland Dyens. He was the first prize winner at the 2006 Boston GuitarFest Competition and the 2001 East Carolina University Guitar Competition.
Steve Lin has concertized throughout the USA, Italy, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Taiwan. He is acclaimed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory” and praised by American guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk as a performer who “plays with an innate and uncommon elegance”. He has performed at Mérida Yucatán Guitar Festival, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana, ChitarraImperia Festival, and Stetson Guitar Workshop.
A recording artist for VGo Recordings, Steve Lin has released two albums. "The first, Eliot Fisk Series Vol. 1", is a joint effort with guitarist Joseph Williams II and La Bella Strings and was dubbed “innovative and exciting” by Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Music Reviews. His second CD, "Imagen", features the Latin American compositions of Agustín Barrios and Antonio Lauro, which Classical Guitar Magazine called “brilliant” and “virtuosic”. A third CD is underway and will include new works based on Asian-American themes.
In addition to his work as a concert guitarist, Steve Lin is regularly engaged in community and educational concerts. Beginning in 2005, he founded Boston Guitar Project, which organized over 20 performances annually, ranging from benefit concerts for disaster relief, music hours for nursing homes and hospitals, and fund raiser concerts for local non-profits throughout the Greater Boston Area. Now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he continues his work through the South Bay Guitar Society and his own outreach initiative, reaching churches, libraries, and schools.
Passionate about new music, Steve Lin will be commissioning new works from award-winning composers Lei Liang and Mu-Xuan Lin in 2009. These compositions will draw from Chinese classics such as Dreams of the Red Chamber and Journey to the West. He has also commissioned and premiered works by David McMullin, Nomi Epstein, Joseph Johnson, Matthew McConnell, and Colin Stack.
In 2008, Steve Lin was coached by composer Helmut Lachenmann in preparation for a performance of '...zwei Gefühle...', Musik mit Leonardo with Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort. He has performed with Boston Microtonal Society’s NotaRiotous, a chamber ensemble dedicated to promoting microtonal music. He has also appeared at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) and on the New Gallery Concert Series of Boston.
At present, Steve Lin teaches guitar at San Jose State University. He is also a guitar instructor at Northern California School of Music and Canon Music School and maintains a private studio. During his free time he enjoys spending too much time cooking and playing table tennis.