“TONY CHEN LIN is a true artist. Rarely have I encountered a finer musician who has something truly exceptional to say in music. He has a strong musical personality that speaks to audiences and possesses the technique which is expected today, but also artistry which is not always expected.”
“When polished talent, consummate musicianship, and passionate dedication converge in a single performance … We might search for a finer piano performance, but we might not find it.”
“… a performance that was assured, thoughtful and full of musical interest … with a reverence and focus, projecting a Zen-like intense calm harking back to many of the great exponents of the instrument … one felt throughout that everything fed into a deep understanding of the music … playing of the utmost skill … [Lin] has leapt up several gears to quite dizzy heights.”
“Tony Lin is one of the most outstanding personalities I have met in the last years, generous and sensitive, an exceptionally talented young musician with deep respect and love for music. I think he belongs to the sort of musician that could help music keep the unique importance it deserves during the dangerous times our art is going through.”
“This country has produced a wealth of young and gifted music performers, and … Lin showed by his technical mastery and penetrating interpretations that he is among the forefront of these.”
Rotorua Daily Post
Born in China, New Zealand pianist TONY CHEN LIN’s first encounter with music came at the age of 12 with keyboard lessons before advancing to piano the following year. He made his concerto debut at 14 after winning the Christchurch Junior Concerto Competition. Since then he has won the 40th New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 2007, second prize and the Best Classical Sonata Performance Award at the 2008 Kerikeri International Piano Competition, 2nd at the 2011 Lepthien Piano Competition in Germany, is a multiple recipient of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award, and has received support from the Farina Thompson Charitable Trust, the Anne Reid Memorial Trust, Kiwi Music and Keith Laugesen scholarships.
After receiving his Bachelor of Music in piano performance and composition with Péter Nagy and Gao Ping at Canterbury University in 2009, Tony moved to Europe where he completed his Master of Music under Gilead Mishory and Andreas Immer at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. In 2015 he graduated from the Konzertexamen (Soloist Diploma) programme with Distinction. He studied with Balázs Szokolay at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and has benefited immensely from the mentorship of Chilean pianist, Edith Fischer.
Tony regularly performs in New Zealand and Europe, notably at the Semaine Internationale Piano & Musique de Chambre festival in Switzerland where also gave masterclasses, and as soloist with the Stuttgart State Orchestra as part of the “Rising Stars!” Festival. Other highlights include performances of Bartók’s First Piano Concerto, performing with Michael Houstoun and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra at the re-opening of the Christchurch Town Hall, a solo tour with Chamber Music New Zealand, and serving as an adjudicator at the Royal Over-Seas League ARTS Chamber Music Competition. Tony has received masterclasses from renowned pianists such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Ferenc Rados, Leon Fleisher, Andrzej Jasiński, Jorge Pepi-Alos, Dmitri Bashkirov, Robert Levin, Lilya Zilberstein and Jean-Marc Luisada.
A passionate chamber musician, Tony won first prize with duo partner Sebastian Wyss at the 2019 Weiner Leó National Chamber Music Competition in Budapest. He has performed with the renowned Quatuor Sine Nomine and recently formed the Tasman Ensemble with Australian violinist Christina Lieberwirth-Morris.
As a composer, Tony has had works played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and Christchurch Youth Orchestra. He is a four-time recipient of the Lilburn Trust Student Composition Award, as well as the 2007 NZSO Todd Young Composer Award.
Tony’s debut solo album DIGRESSIONS was released in April 2018 on Rattle Records and reached No.1 on the Radio New Zealand Classical Chart. He currently resides in Budapest.