Tao Lin,  Pianist                

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"From the opening chords of the sonata's initial Allegro [Haydn's Piano Sonata No.50 in C Major], Tao Lin offered inspired music making. A superior classical stylist, he combined crisp articulation with impressive digital dexterity and command. In the Adagio, he illuminated Haydn's wonderfully ingenuous interplay of modulations between major and minor keys. In the Allegro molto finale he vividly captured the music's capricious wit and sly humor. Tao Lin's performance was replete with brio and élan. Here was consummate musicianship and superbly idiomatic musicality."

—  Coral Gables Gazette

"Mr. Lin was most impressive….he tossed off devilish finger work with ease. Even though the instrument was not exactly responding to his vigor, energy, or precision, the audience could connect with his intent."

  —  Ionarts                       

"Tao Lin took a recital program of mostly familiar works and turned them into adventures for the ears . . . [Lin] earned his first of two standing ovations for his breathtaking performance of the Sonata in b minor, op.58, by Frederic Chopin, a masterwork so massive that most pianists who play it close their programs with it. Lin’s version was full of sound and fury but also carried a distinctly sensitive feel in the lush, legato passages . . . What Lin did close with was an awe-inspiring performance of Mily Balakirev’s finger-twisting, knuckle-busting Islamey . . . As impressive as the pounding pyrotechnics were in those two works, what Lin offered in his curtain-raiser, Franz Joseph Haydn’s C major Piano Sonata, Hob. XVI:50 was more interesting. He took the tempos in this, one of Haydn’s best known solo works, quickly and also took full advantage of the sonic qualities of the modern grand piano, breathing life into a piece that too many pianists make stiff and sterile."

  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette



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