Alumni violinist returns to Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Louisiana State University faculty member and Penn State music alumnus Lin He, class of 2000 in violin, will present a masterclass for violin students at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, in 122 Music Building II. His visit to University Park is hosted by his former teacher and Penn State faculty member James Lyon. Admission is free.

Lin He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in November 2014, after a performance there earlier that year with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra in orchestral setting. Over the past seasons, he made his Rapides Symphony Orchestra debut with the Korngold concerto and his Lake Charles Symphony debut with the Sibelius concerto.

Inspired by the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano during the 2016-2017 season, his 2017-2018 season of concerts will include complete Mozart sonatas for violin and piano in multiple venues; debut as the violinist of the newly formed Caladium Piano Trio; violin soloist in the Mendelssohn concerto with the Shippensburg Symphony; solo recital and masterclass at University of Alberta, Canada; concerto appearance as the member of the Caladium Trio with the Louisiana Sinfonietta; a series of concerts and masterclasses in mainland China and Taiwan; and concertmaster of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra.

He has presented recitals at universities across the United States and China. Most recently, he performed solo recitals and gave masterclasses at Arizona State University, Florida State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Houston, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of North Texas.

As an orchestral player, Lin He has performed with the Shanghai Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. He is a regular addition to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Summer festival appearances have taken Lin He to venues such as the Music Academy of the West, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has been a laureate of the Padesta solo Competition and the ASTA competition.

Lin He is now serving as associate professor at the Louisiana State University School of Music and as associate concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony. During the summers, he teaches at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Master Players Festival, and BayView Music Festival.

Born in Shanghai, China, Lin He began his musical training at the age of five. He received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin.

His CD release from Centaur Records of french sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Gregory Sioles received favorable reviews.

Last Updated November 10, 2017