New Zealand violinist, educator and arts entrepreneur Natalie Lin is the founder of KINETIC, a conductorless ensemble based in Houston, Texas, that unites the intimacy of chamber music with the force full of the orchestra. As the ensemble’s Artistic Director, Natalie has given platform to under-represented works in the classical repertoire, as well as commissioned and premiered numerous works for string orchestra by composers of our time. An avid chamber musician, Natalie has toured throughout New Zealand in concerts presented by Chamber Music New Zealand with the CLiK and Turnovsky Jubilee Ensembles, and in the UK with the Scottish Ensemble. She has collaborated in concert with violinists Paul Kantor and Kyung Sun Lee; pianist Jon Kimura Parker; and cellist Desmond Hoebig.
Natalie was a prizewinner at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the 2012 Klein International Strings Competition, and has performed with orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Master’s Sinfonia (California), and Erie Philharmonic (Pennsylvania). Notable solo performances include at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) Severance Hall (Cleveland, Ohio), and the Taipei Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A Britten-Pears Young Artist from 2011-13, Natalie was concertmaster of the 2013 Britten-Pears Orchestra and a member of Aldeburgh Strings, which has recorded for Hyperion Records. She has been featured on Houston Public Media, Radio New Zealand and Cleveland’s WCLV, as well as in the Houston Chronicle, Arts & Culture Texas Magazine, Houston City Book, and New Zealand Women’s Weekly.
As an educator, Ms Lin served as teaching assistant to leading pedagogue Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has taught undergraduate courses in music theory at Rice University. She currently maintains a private teaching studio in Houston, Texas. Ms Lin a Doctoral candidate at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and during her studies, has been recipient of the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship, the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach and the Mary Hobson Teaching Fellowship. Besides music, she enjoys graphic design, photography and salsa dancing.
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