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Chiafei Lin, Acting Assistant Concertmaser

Violinist Chia-Fei Lin, a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, is currently a member of Kansas City Symphony serving as Acting Assistant Concertmaster. She continued her study at UMKC Conservatory of Music with Graduate Teaching Assistantship under the tutelage of Prof. Benny Kim. Ms. Lin is the winner of 1995 Taiwan National Violin Competition, 2006 Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City Concerto Competition and 2006 UMKC Concerto Competition. As a native Taiwanese, Ms. Lin has been invited to perform in Taiwan Connection Festival for the past couple years where she collaborated in chamber music settings with musicians such as Nai-yuan Hu, Robert Levin, Dong-Suk Kang, Shigeo Neriki, Jasmine Lin and Scott Lee. Ms. Lin has participated and performed in numerous music festivals and summer programs in Europe and the United States: Salzburg Mozarteum Academy, Carl Flesh Academy, Aspen Music Festival and Sun Flower Music Festival, to name a few. Ms. Lin also enjoys a teaching career and she is a founding faculty member of Heartland Music Academy in Kansas City directed by her husband, Jackie Lee.

Ten questions about me:

What music selections would you recommend to someone who is new to classical music?

Beethoven Symphonies, Bach Sonatas for solo violin, and Haydn String Quartets

What quality do you most admire in others?

A kind heart.

How did you choose your instrument?

My sister quit playing the violin because of hand injuries, and my mom didn't want the violin sitting there...

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

Heartland Summer Chamber Music Festival

What good book have you read recently?

"Robert Schumann, Life and Death of a Musician" by John Worthen

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

When I fell in love with the violin in high school.

What is your Kansas City Barbecue "joint" of choice?

Jon Russell's

What is your most memorable performance with the Kansas City Symphony?

Many of them. One of them was when Zuckermann came to play Elgar's Concerto with us.

If you were to give advice to a young person who would want to follow your path, what would you say?

Love what you do and devote yourself to it.

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

Being able to express myself with the most beautiful language.