Lina Bahn

Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music

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Lina Bahn is a violinist who has a keen interest in collaborative and innovative repertoire. She has been called “brilliant” and “lyrical” by The Washington Post. A committed educator, she has taught masterclasses and lessons throughout the world, including those at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, the Sydney Conservatory, Hong Kong University, Renmin University in Beijing, and the Curtis Institute of Music among others. Bahn has served on the faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder since 2008, and in Fall 2015 she will begin teaching full time at the USC Thornton School of Music. She has served on the faculty of the Sierra Summer Academy of Music since 2001, the Institute of the Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy, and is on the faculty at Green Mountain Chamber Music Summer Festival.

From 1998-2010, Bahn was a member of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet. With the Corigliano Quartet, she has held prestigious residency posts at The Juilliard School, Indiana University and Dickinson College, as well as on summer faculty at Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, Marrowstone, Canandaigua Chamber Festival and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. The quartet’s performances have brought them to such venues as The Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Corcoran Gallery, Phillips Collection, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress, and earned them the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. In 2007, their Naxos Records recording of quartets by John Corigliano and Jefferson Friedman was selected by The New Yorker magazine as one of the year’s “Best 10 Recordings.” The Corigliano Quartet was lauded by Strad Magazine for their “abundant commitment and mastery” and praised as “musicians who seem to say ‘listen to this!'” by The New York Times. They have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, All Things Considered, and Backstage Pass, Chicago’s WFMT’s Live From Studio One, and can be heard on the Albany, CRI, Naxos and Bayer Labels.

In Washington, D.C., Bahn was the Executive Director and violinist with the VERGE Ensemble for 14 years while it was the resident ensemble of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The VERGE Ensemble performed in Paris, New York, Cleveland, at the Livewire Festival (UMBC) and Third Practice Festival (Richmond), and was the resident ensemble for the June in Buffalo Festival in 2009.  They have performed at Le Poisson Rouge, The Issue Project Room and the National Museum of American Indians. She is currently a member of the National Gallery New Music Ensemble of the Smithsonian which gave its inaugural performance in the East Wing in 2010, performing works of Xenakis, Antosca, and a premiere by Roger Reynolds. The National Gallery Ensemble participated in the 2012 Washington D.C. John Cage Centennial Festival with performances at the East Wing, the NGA Auditorium, and at the Maison Francaise of the French Embassy. These included premieres of composers Christian Wolff, Beat Furrer, Robert Ashley and George Lewis.

As a soloist, Bahn has appeared with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica de la Serena (Chile), and the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra.  Solo performance recitals include those at the Phillips Collection, The Stone and at The Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has commissioned works by Benjamin Broening, Ken Ueno, Dan Visconti, Jeffrey Mumford, Adam Silverman, Steve Antosca, Keith Fitch and (upcoming) Douglas Cuomo. Bahn’s chamber music performances have included recitals and concerts in festivals such as the Costa Rican International Chamber Festival, the Sierra Summer Festival, the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the Garth Newel Music Series and the Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende. In the spring of 2010, she toured with the Takacs Quartet, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Southbank Centre, Concertgebouw, and the Mariinsky Theater among others. From 1992-1994 she toured extensively throughout Chile with the Bahn-Mahave-Browne piano trio as a recipient of national grants to teach and perform. In 2005, their piano trio was selected to perform for the president of Chile and the King of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpuur.

Bahn studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School for her undergraduate degree. She completed her master’s degree as the recipient of the Jane Bryant Fellowship Award under the tutelage of Paul Kantor. She holds a doctoral degree in music from Indiana University where she completed her dissertation entitled Virtuosity in Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII. At Indiana University, she was an Associate Instructor and studied with Miriam Fried and Paul Biss. Bahn’s early training in Chicago started with Lillian Schaber and she finished her high school years under the guidance of Roland and Almita Vamos.