London Philharmonic Orchestra today announces the appointment of the American violinist Kevin Lin as its new Co-Leader, filling a position that has been vacant for eight years. The 24-year-old begins his tenure in August when the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski prepare for three performances at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and for the opening of its season at Royal Festival Hall in September. Lin is a graduate of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. In recent years he has won numerous prizes in international competitions including the 2013 Irving Klein International String Competition and the 1st prize at the 2011 Schmidbauer International Young Artist String Competition, Junior Division.
As an avid chamber musician, Lin has collaborated with artists including the Tokyo and Ebène Quartets, Edgar Meyer, Meng-Chieh Liu, John Perry, Hal Robinson of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Andrew Bain of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Lin was previously guest concertmaster of the Houston Symphony and in 2015, he was invited to lead the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has also served as Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin at The Colburn School and The Curtis Institute of Music.
Lin plays on a 1925 Vincenzo Sannino on generous loan from the Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation.
Kevin Lin said: “I'm extremely excited to be joining the orchestra since it was such a pleasure working with them while I was on trial. I remember being on tour in November with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the first time I had travelled Europe properly! I look forward to being part of the LPO family.”
Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the LPO Tim Walker said: “Kevin is one of the most exciting and dynamic violinists around today. We are thrilled that he is starting his tenure as Co-Leader in August for performances of George Enescu’s Oedipe in Bucharest and London, opening our 2017/18 season. We’re looking forward to his performances with the Orchestra both at home and on tour.”