Kelly Yu-Chieh Lin is a sought-after young pianist, who began her musical studies at an early age on the piano, violin, viola, and er-hu (a traditional Chinese instrument). Soon after, she was winning national competitions and awards on all four instruments in her native Taiwan.
Since moving to the United States at the age of thirteen, Miss Lin has performed with several orchestras, including the Eastern Music Festival Philharmonic, the Eastern Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony. In 1996 she was the first-place winner at the Chinese- American Piano Competition in Los Angeles. She won the top prize at the Eastern Music Festival Piano Competition in 1999 and was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Eastern Music Festival the following year. She was the winner of both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Temecula Arts Council Piano Competition in 1999 and 2000 respectively. She was awarded second place in the 2000 Los Angeles Philharmonic Piano Competition. She was also the winner of the 2000 CAPMT Piano Competition and the 2001 MTAC Concerto Competition.
In addition to the Eastern Music Festival, Miss Lin has received full scholarships to attend the Aspen Music Festival 2000, and International Keyboard Festival at the Banff Centre 2006 studied with Marc Durand. She has played in masterclasses for Jerome Lowenthal, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Eroica Trio, Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Andre-Michel Schub, Marc Durand, and the Ysaye String Quartet, Robert Lehrbaumer, Roger Bart, SMargo Garrett, and Frank Lopardo. She is also highly sought after as an accompanist and collaborator, and was recognized with the Best Accompanist award at the Pacific Symphony Concerto Competition in April of 2002. In the same year, Ms. Lin was a concertmaster of USC Community Orchestra.
In year 2002, she was a member of American Youth Symphony, played the celesta in Carnegie with Yun-Di Li. In 2004, she gave concerts at Tainan City Cultural Hall and Tainan County Cultural Hall. In the same year, she was interviewed by Taichung Radio Music Station. In 2006, gave a concert for 2000 people and collaborated with Wei-Yang Andy Lin at a High school Graduation. Moreover, she became a member of an honored society called Pi Kappa Lambda. 2007-2008, she was one of the judges for ETTV Talent-Show Contest. In 2008, she received an Honorable Mention in NTDTV International Piano Competition. Later that year, she performed in Lincoln Center for China’s 60th year anniversary. In 2009, she was invited to play in Carnegie Hall for the 200 years celebration of Mendelssohn, and the following year was invited to perform for the 200 years celebration of Chopin and Schumann. In 2010, Miss Lin was requested to play a musical theater audition conducted by Roger Bart, and followed to play a master class taught by Margo Garrett. In the summer of 2011, Ms. Lin was invited to be the opera coach of Castleton Music Festival founded by Lorin Maazel. In the same year, she was requested by Roger Bart himself to play in his master class again. In 2012, she was a music director of Children’s Choir under the Extension Division at Rutgers University, and now a piano faculty. In July of 2013, Miss Lin was invited to give a lecture sponsored by American String Teachers Association(ASTA/ NJ Chamber Music Institute) at Kean University.
Miss Lin studied at the Idyllwild Arts Academy with Nelms McKelvain, where she graduated with the Most Promising Artist Award. She then earned Bachelor, master degrees, and Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California, where she studied with John Perry with full scholarship. Miss Lin is now pursuing her Doctorate of Music Art with Daniel Epstein at Rutgers University, where she received full scholarship with a teaching assistantship, while balancing a busy schedule as a solo pianist, an accompanist, a piano teacher, and a chamber musician.