31, 2020, 7:30-10:30 pm
 at Jordan Hall


Joseph Lin 林以信,violinist

celebrating the 300th year of Bach's Violin
Sonatas and Partitas

photo by Koichi Miura



~ Program ~

celebrating the 300th year of Bach's Violin
Sonatas and Partitas

Spending time with the music of Bach is both a privilege and a humbling experience. It challenges us to listen deeply, open our spirits, and imagine infinite possibility through sound. Little did Bach know that his Sonatas and Partitas would become the most essential works for any violinist; indeed, it is not clear whether they were even performed during his life. Yet these personal statements have survived to resonate a profound chord in humanity for generations and across cultures. Three centuries later, we have an opportunity to reflect on their remarkable qualities that not only endure but continue to evolve. Our lives are enriched with each discovery as we seek to understand this music and ourselves. 
-Joseph Lin

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
The sonatas and partitas for solo violin

Sonata No. 3 in C major
BWV 1005
 Partita No. 1 in B minor

 BWV 1002

 Sonata No. 1 in G minor

 BWV 1001


 Partita No. 3 in E major

 BWV 1006

 Sonata No. 2 in A minor

 BWV 1003

 Partita No. 2 in D minor

 BWV 1004


Violinist Joseph Lin is invited to give TWO master classes
at Harvard and NEC. Both are free and open to the public.

1, Friday 01/24/2020, 1-3:30 pm at Harvard Horner Room at Agassiz House. Title: "Bach and the Art of Imagination."
2, Thursday 01/30/2020, 7-9 pm at NEC's Burnes Hall

On Friday 01/31/2020, 7:30 – 10:30 pm at NEC's Jordan Hall,
Joseph Lin will perform the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.
Reception follows after the concert at NEC's Keller Room.
The audience is invited. CDs of Joseph Lin are available
at the concert @ $15 each, cash or check payable to Joseph Lin.
Free student tickets available.



Joseph Lin 林以信, violinist

Sought after as a performer and teacher, Joseph Lin appears regularly at halls, festivals, and conservatories throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He 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 Juilliard, leading several artistic initiatives and enjoying collaborations with both students and colleagues. His 2019 projects include a collaboration with Robert Levin playing Beethoven and Schubert on period instruments, a Musicians from Marlboro tour on violin and viola, collaborations with Juilliard students during ChamberFest, and performances of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. In 2020, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Lin will lead a series of performances of the late string quartets for Camerata Pacifica and continue explorations of the sonatas on period instruments.

From 2007 to 2011, Lin was an assistant professor at Cornell University, where he organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians Residency, in 2009. The following year, he led a project with Cornell composers to study Bach’s violin sonatas and partitas and create new works inspired by Bach, culminating in a series of concerts premiering the new works alongside Bach’s. Last year, he performed the complete Bach sonatas and partitas at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo. His Bach exploration continues in 2020, the 300th anniversary of the sonatas and partitas, with complete cycles in Boston and Philadelphia.

Lin was a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, which won the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. In 1996, he won first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. 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. His 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, he recorded Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and Elliot Carter’s Fifth Quartet as well as the quartet’s most recent album, of Beethoven, Davidovsky, and Bartók. During the summer season, he is a regular artist at the Tanglewood and Marlboro festivals.

Lin, whose violin teachers have included Mary Canberg , Shirley Givens, and Lynn Chang, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2000, and in 2002 began an extended exploration of China including studying Chinese music in Beijing as a Fulbright scholar.


音樂會門票分為$50 (貴賓保留區、可預先指定座位)及$30(不對號自由入座)兩種 , 學生票$15 (不對號自由座區)  。六歲以下兒 童請勿入場 。購票:喬登廳票房: 617-585-1260。網站購票: 無手續費 。
$50: VIP Reserved Seats
$30: open seating at non-VIP section
$15: student open seating at non-VIP section
Children under 6 not admitted.

提供100張免費學生票 (14歲以上 , 每人一張) 請上 贈票網頁 索票  。
100 free student tickets available at only
(1 per request for age 14 and up)


查 詢: 中華表演藝術基金會會長譚嘉陵, 電話: 781-259-8195, ,


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