At CYSO’s November 18th concert at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Orchestra co-principal second violinist Hannah Lin, one of the winners of our 2018 Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, will perform the first movement from Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Hannah is in her seventh season with CYSO. She living in Rolling Meadows and is a senior at Fremd High School. Hannah studies violin with Desirée Ruhstrat.
In 2015 and 2017, Hannah won first place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition and was the category winner of the Early Music division of the 2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition. She was awarded honorable mention in the Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition in 2017. From 2016 to 2018, Hannah was actively involved with chamber music as the first violinist of Quartet Callisto. In both 2017 and 2018, the group was awarded in the Discover National Chamber Music Competition and was selected to be a quarterfinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and in 2018, was a finalist in the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the third prize winner in the MPrize Chamber Arts Competition, and second prize winner of the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition in North Carolina.
A member of CYSO since fifth grade, Hannah has served as concertmaster for CYSO’s Debut, Concert, and Symphony Orchestras. In the District 7 ILMEA orchestra, she served as assistant concertmaster in 2015 and as second violin principal in 2016. In 2017, Hannah was second violin principal of the Illinois All State Honors Orchestra. Hannah regularly performs violin at nursing homes, and outside of her musical endeavors, she is an editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, club leader at her school, peer tutor, and volunteer at her local hospital.