The Juilliard School is pleased to announce the appointments of two distinguished artists and educators to its violin faculty beginning this fall 2014. Violinists Li Lin and Laurie Smukler will be joining the violin faculty of the College Division. Li Lin also will be teaching in Juilliard’s Pre-College Division.
Violinist Li Lin is currently a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and has taught at the Perlman Music Program. He has taught numerous students earning the highest level of achievements, including top place winners at the Menuhin, Louis Spohr, Stradivarius, Sarasate, Wieniawski, and Tchaikovsky international competitions. His students have collaborated with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, Peter Csaba, Joji Hattori, John Helmer Fiore, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and musicians from Philharmonia Orchestra, St. Martin in the Fields, London Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Pops, Salt Lake City Symphony, Sinfonia Cymru, Staatskapelle Weimar Orchester, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica De Navarra, Peking Sinfonietta, China NCPA Orchestra, and China Philharmonic. Mr. Lin was born in Guang Zhou, China and began playing the violin at the age of six. He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers include Lin Yao Ji, Ian Swensen, and Peter Salaff. He discovered his passion for teaching in his early 20s leading a Suzuki School in Guang Zhou, China. He is in demand as a guest clinician and a master class artist at music schools and festivals in North America, Europe, and China.
Admired for her vivid musical intensity and the beauty of her sound, violinist Laurie Smukler is an artist who is active as soloist and chamber musician, as well as being a much sought-after teacher. She has been a recitalist in major centers, including New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Memphis, and Houston. She was the original and founding first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, winning Young Concert Artists Auditions, and performing at venues such as The Kennedy Center and Library of Congress. She has been co-director of the “Collection In Concert” series at the Pierpont Morgan Library, and played on many chamber music series, such as Da Camera of Houston, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Music From Marlboro, and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Ms. Smukler has been a guest artist at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Music Mountain, and other well-known festivals. She has been on the faculty of Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School since 1997. A passionate and dedicated teacher, she is professor of violin and chamber music at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. She is regularly invited to give master classes at schools such as Oberlin, Peabody, and Rice. Ms. Smukler has a particular interest in contemporary music, and has performed premieres of works by Shulamit Ran, Ned Rorem, Tobias Picker, Bruce Adolphe, John Harbison, and others.
About the Juilliard School
The Juilliard School established this country's standard for performing arts education, beginning with music in 1905. Its alumni are among the most famous recitalists, orchestral and operatic musicians, administrators, and teachers. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, combining contemporary and ballet technique. Its accomplished alumni also include many of today’s celebrated choreographers. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. Jazz performance was initiated in 2001 and Historical Performance in 2009. Most recently, Juilliard expanded its acting education to include a master’s degree program whose first class entered in fall 2012. In 2009, Juilliard inaugurated its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program; and also collaborates with Carnegie Hall, founding The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, and Ensemble ACJW; Signature Theatre – for Juilliard Drama’s ‘Professional Studio’; and the New York Philharmonic, whose music director Alan Gilbert also is Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies. Juilliard alumnus Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was recently appointed artistic director of Juilliard Jazz. Currently more than 800 artists from 35 states (plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) and 44 foreign countries attend Juilliard.