Jasmine Lin

Violin Faculty
Academy Chamber Music Coaches
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Curtis Institute of Music

Indiana University

Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Josef Gingold

Felix Galamir

Jaime Laredo

Aaron Rosand

Gary Graffman

Robert Mann

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

In this age of overwhelmingly available technology, it is important to develop a sense of quiet and focus. Connecting to, and drawing from, our innermost selves is what fuels passion and deep personal success. Everyone has a creative core that is unique to only him/her; it takes quietude, discipline, and a measure of undistracted solitude to access this core. I try to balance interactiveness, fun, and discipline in my teaching.

Awards and achievements: 

London International String Quartet Competition, 1st prize

Naumburg International Violin Competition, 2nd prize

Paganini International Violin Competition, 6th prize

Grammy Awards Nominee

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Roosevelt University

Formosa Quartet

Trio Voce

Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble

Formosa Chamber Music Festival

Interests outside of music: 

Eating thin slices of watermelon on a hot day, watching funny movies, learning new German vocabulary, cooking, helping my mom sweep the floor, bicycling on the Lakefront Trail, practicing yoga, playing Taboo, brushing my hair, writing poetry, salsa dancing, feeding other people's dogs and cats.

Favorite quote: 

"To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite unwashed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf's hands, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more." —The Hobbit

Favorite practice tip: 

Ask good questions and gain confidence by being able to answer them.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

I try to love whichever composer I am playing at the moment. For a long time, Verdi was a favorite. He's a heart-melter.

Favorite musical moment: 

My favorite musical experience is being surprised and swept away by a piece of music I have heard many times.

Research and presentations / publications: 




Shih-Hui Chen, Returning Souls, New World Records, 2013.
Laura Schwendinger, High Wire Acts, Centaur Records, 2013.
Trio Voce, In A New Light, Con Brio Records, 2013.
Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Coming of Light, Summit Records, 2013.
Trio Voce, Inscapes, Con Brio Records, 2010.
Formosa Quartet, Formosa Quartet, EMI Classics, 2006.
Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chamber Music for Winds and Strings by Mozart, Summit Records, 2006.