The Etudes Project – Volume One: ICEBERG New Music
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The Etudes Project is an exploration of the tradition and transformation of keyboard virtuosity in the piano repertoire. Inspired by her tour of Philip Glass’ Piano Etudes with the composer himself, Jenny created the Etudes Project juxtaposing new works alongside some of the most challenging works from the existing repertoire. For Volume I, Jenny partnered with ICEBERG New Music, to create a program of new solo piano etudes.
“To the Convergence” (2018) Yu-Chun Chien
Etude No. 1“Désordre” (1985) György Ligeti
Etude for Melancholy Robots III: “Trains” (2018) Will Healy
”Accretion” (2018) Max Grafe
Etude-Tableaux Op. 33 No. 4 in D Minor (1911) Sergei Rachmaninov
Obstinata 1: “Barbed Wire” (2018) Harry Stafylakis
Etude No.1 “Corona” (2018) Victor Baez
Etude No. 13 (1994) Philip Glass
“Knuckles” (2018) Jonathan Russ
“Lilac” (2018) Stephanie Ann Boyd
Etude No. 11 “Pour les arpèges composés” (1915) Claude Debussy
“Walk” (2018) Drake Andersen
“Should the Wide World Roll Away” (2018) Alex Burtzos
Study in Mixed Accents (1930) Ruth Crawford Seeger
Etude No. 1 “Unleashed”(2018) Derek Cooper
Pianist Jenny Lin is an artist of keen musicianship, brilliant technique, and a compelling perspective shaped by a deep fluency in global culture. Born in Taiwan, raised in Austria, educated in Europe and America, Lin has built a vibrant international career, notable for innovative collaborations with a range of artists and creators.
In this most unusual season, Lin has performances – both digital and in person – at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Washington Performing Arts, Winnipeg New Music, the Morris Museum, St. Olaf College, and elsewhere.
Jenny Lin also continues her collaboration with Philip Glass, performing his Etudes in concerts around the globe. This experience inspired Lin to create The Etudes Project, in which she works with a range of living composers to create new technical piano etudes, pairing each new piece with an etude from the classical canon. The results are featured on Sono Luminus albums; Volume 1 showcases Lin’s work with ICEBERG New Music, and Volume 2 will be released in 2021.
Jenny Lin is the featured pianist in Elliot Goldenthal’s original motion picture score for Julie Taymor’s 2020 film, The Glorias and recently recorded an album with accordionist Guy Klucevsek (created in “contactless” fashion) featuring the music of Giya Kancheli. Her catalogue (which includes more than 30 albums, on Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World, Albany, et al) includes the music of Arthur Schnabel, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues, transcriptions of the songs of Chinese pop singer Teresa Teng, and Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, an album, picture book, and multimedia children’s concert.
Lin has performed with orchestras throughout the world, including the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio Orchestras, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, and others. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, at BAM Next Wave, Spoleto USA, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and elsewhere.
Fluent in English, German, Mandarin, and French, Jenny Lin holds a bachelor’s degree in German Literature from The Johns Hopkins University and studied music at the Hochschule für Musik, and at the Peabody Conservatory. Jenny Lin currently resides with her family in New York City.