Dinicu, Fauré, Gluck, Massenet, Paganini, Ponce, Rimsy-korsakov, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Ysaÿe
Haoli Lin, Violin
Hai Jin, Piano
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It is often claimed that modern ears, even after decades of acclimation to increasingly modern and harmonically dissonant music, still find their home in the sounds of romanticism. The emotional and sentimental qualities of romantic music, combined with its inherent virtuosity and brilliance, create an undeniable beauty of expression that few can resist. The violin, with its enormous palette of sounds, was a preferred solo instrumental voice of many romantic composers due to its capability to convey character ranging from the sweetest of lyrical singing tone to full-throated aggressive power. It is my hope that this recording elicits in the listener the same wide range of emotions that these pieces have evoked in me since my childhood. Sit back and enjoy the journey. [Haoli Lin, June 2016]
Violinist Haoli Lin is widely sought after as a soloist, recitalist and chamber player throughout the United States and China. Lin's solo performances include concerto appearances with the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Great Wall Soloists, Shenzhen Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shanxi Chamber Orchestra, and in the United States with the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, Starling Chamber Orchestra and CCM Philharmonia. He has performed in prestigious concert halls throughout his native China, including Beijing's National Center for Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall, and Shenzhen Concert Hall. The youngest prize winner of China's national violin competition at age 18, he also won first prize at Michigan's Andrews International String Competition in 2013 and is the recipient of a career grant from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation. He has been featured on NPR's From the Top, and in China on China Central Television, SZTV Broadcasting and STTV Broadcasting. In 2014, he was chosen to perform selections from Paganini's Caprices for solo violin in touring performances with the Cincinnati Ballet to rave reviews. Lin studied with Pei Feng, Pei-Yan Liu and with renowned Chinese violin pedagogue Yaoji Lin at the Shenzhen Arts School. He attended the Great Wall International Music Academy for four years, and has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, including Christopher O'Riley, Joel Hoffman, and Rohan De Silva. He has performed in master classes for Midori, Yair Kless, Miriam Fried and the American and Tokyo String Quartets. Lin earned BM and MM degrees as a Starling Scholarship recipient at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Ohio, USA). He is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree as a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus.
On this recording, Mr. Lin performs on two historic violins of the Neapolitan family Gagliano: a 1732 instrument made by Nicolò Gagliano (courtesy of Guadagnini Violin Shop, Chicago) and a 1750 instrument made by Januarius Gagliano (courtesy of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Collection).
Pianist Hai Jin graduated from the China Conservatory of Music in 2009, where she studied with Bing Han. She has received numerous awards and prizes in competitions, and has performed recitals and orchestral collaborations throughout China. She made her American debut at Boston University in 2010. As a collaborative pianist, Jin has served as faculty at the Great Wall Music Academy in Beijing and at the Cleveland International Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she has toured with the Sassmannshaus Piano Trio to critical acclaim in both the United States and Asia. She has studied with Lee Fiser and Sandra Rivers, and has worked with Rohan De Silva, Hiram Diaz, Erinn Frechette, Heather Verbeck Harrison, and Gao Can. As a student of Awadagin Pratt, she earned AD and MM degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she is currently completing doctoral studies with James Tocco.