Joseph Lin


Sought after as a performer and teacher, Joseph Lin appears regularly at the finest halls, festivals, and conservatories throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. His probing artistry, versatility, and leadership have long been recognized by audiences and colleagues alike. At the same time, Joseph has continued to embrace new areas of exploration, allowing his voice to evolve with depth and humanity.

Joseph Lin was first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet from 2011 to 2018, before stepping down to devote more time to his four young children. He continues to teach violin and chamber music at the Juilliard School, leading several artistic initiatives together with both students and faculty. Joseph Lin’s 2019 concerts included a collaboration with Robert Levin presenting Beethoven and Schubert on period instruments, a Musicians from Marlboro tour on violin and viola, and performances of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. In 2020, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Joseph continues a series of performances of Beethoven’s late string quartets for Camerata Pacifica. In addition, he and pianist Helen Huang perform the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas at Juilliard, where they will lead students in a course on these Sonatas. 2020 also marks the 300th year of Bach’s violin Sonatas and Partitas, with Joseph presenting complete cycles in Boston and Philadelphia as well as masterclasses on Bach. Another focus of Joseph Lin’s work this season is Mozart’s masterpiece, the Divertimento K. 563, which Joseph takes on tour with Musicians from Marlboro.

From 2007 to 2011, Joseph Lin taught at Cornell University. There, he organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians Residency in 2009; the following year, he led a project with Cornell composers to study the violin Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, and to create new music inspired by Bach. This culminated in a series of concerts premiering the new works alongside Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. In 2018 Joseph returned to Bach with a performance of the complete Sonatas and Partitas at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.

Joseph Lin was a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. In 1996, Joseph was awarded First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts the same year. In 1999, he was selected for the Pro Musicis International Award, and in 2001, he won First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. Joseph Lin’s recordings include the music of Korngold and Busoni with pianist Benjamin Loeb, an album of Debussy, Franck, and Milhaud with pianist Orion Weiss, and the complete unaccompanied works of Bach and Ysaÿe. His recording of Mozart’s A major Violin Concerto with original cadenzas was released in 2017. With the Juilliard Quartet, Mr. Lin recorded Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, Elliot Carter’s Fifth Quartet, as well as the JSQ’s most recent album of Beethoven, Davidovsky, and Bartók. During the summer season, Joseph Lin is a regular artist at the Tanglewood and Marlboro festivals.

Joseph Lin’s violin teachers have included Mary Canberg, Shirley Givens and Lynn Chang. Mr. Lin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2000. In 2002, he began an extended exploration of China, spending 2004 studying Chinese music in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar.