Andy Lin was born in Kaoshiung City, Taiwan in 1984. He started playing music at a young age, picking up many instruments throughout his childhood. He moved to the United States to continue his music education at 13 years old and from there started to focus on viola under his mentor Donald McGinnis. Lin continued his education at Juilliard and SUNY Stony Brook and has built his career playing both viola and erhu. Currently, Lin both teaches and performs. In 2010, he started the New Asia Chamber Music Society to give Asian artists a platform and present a blend of Western Classical music and Asian music. Lin was part of the Amphion String Quartet for several years and is currently part of the Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. In the interview, Lin also discusses his ideas regarding the future blending of Western and Chinese music.
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