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Wofford offers masterclass with world-renowned violinist

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will present a Strings Masterclass with world-renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. in the McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Building.

Lin, who is on the violin faculty of The Juilliard School in New York City, will be featured soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra during their performance that evening at Twichell Auditorium at Converse College.

All strings students are invited to participate free of charge in the Wofford Strings Masterclass, with a required audition with Dr. Eun-Sun Lee, professor of music and director of the Wofford Chamber Players. Deadline for contacting Lee for auditions is Wednesday, Sept. 7. She may be reached at 597-4596 or leees@wofford.edu. All interested students are invited to accompany Lin for a rehearsal of a movement from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

The program for spectators is free and open to the public.

Born in Taiwan, Cho-Liang Lin began playing violin at age 5. Recognizing he needed to pursue his violin studies abroad, he made his way to Australia by himself at age 12, where he spent three years. His commanding technique and precocious abilities then led him to The Juilliard School, where he studied with the eminent Dorothy DeLay, teacher to such greats as Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Midori and Sarah Chang. He made his public debut in New York at age 19, playing the Mozart Third Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall. This meteoric rise to the top ranks of the violin-playing world has placed him among the most sought-after violinists in the world. He plays regularly with the world’s top orchestras and teaches as well at his alma mater Juilliard.

Wofford College will bring other nationally and internationally renowned musicians to campus this fall through its strings program.

An 11 a.m. convocation and a 7 p.m. performance on Tuesday, Oct. 11, will feature a piano trio performance with Kyoko Hashimoto, associate professor of piano at McGill University in Canada and professor of piano at Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands; Elizabeth Dolin, cellist, assistant professor of cello at McGill University; and Dr. Eun-Sun Lee, violin, associate professor of music at Wofford.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Hashimoto will perform in a solo recital at 7 p.m.