Soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, Joseph Lin has performed at such venues as Symphony Hall in Boston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Town Hall in Auckland. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Ukraine National Philharmonic. His regular festival appearances include Marlboro, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and the Tucson Winter Festival.
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 on the faculty at Juilliard, where he teaches violin and chamber music. He has led several initiatives in chamber music, and he enjoys collaborations with Juilliard students and colleagues. His 2018-19 projects include a collaboration with Robert Levin presenting Beethoven and Schubert on period instruments; a Musicians From Marlboro tour on violin and viola; collaborations with Juilliard students during ChamberFest; and performances of Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto.
From 2007 to 2011, Lin was an assistant professor at Cornell University, where he organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians residency in 2009; he also worked with Cornell composers to study Bach’s violin sonatas and partitas and then create and perform new music inspired by them. In 2018, Lin performed Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas at Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall.
A founding member of the award-winning Formosa Quartet, Lin has won multiple international competitions and prizes. His recordings include the music of Korngold and Busoni with pianist Benjamin Loeb (Naxos); the complete unaccompanied works of Bach and Ysaÿe (N&F); an album of Debussy, Franck, and Milhaud with pianist Orion Weiss (N&F); the Formosa Quartet’s debut CD (EMI); the JSQ's most recent recording, of Beethoven, Davidovsky, and Bartók; and his 2017 Mozart A Major Violin Concerto with original cadenzas (N&F).
Lin graduated from Juilliard’s Pre-College program and then from Harvard, cum laude, in 2000. His violin teachers have included Mary Canberg, Shirley Givens, and Lynn Chang. His extended exploration of China included a year in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar studying Chinese music.