Linda Duan

Violin

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Alma maters: University of Cincinnati, Cleveland Institute of Music

Instagram: @lkduan

Photos by Matt Dine

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Awards/Competitions: Recipient, 2015 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Graduate Scholarship; Recipient, 2014 Three Arts Scholarship; 1st Place, 2009 & 2010 Nevada All State Conference Solo and Ensemble Command Performance (High Strings and String Chamber Music); Winner, 2008 Las Vegas Philharmonic Young Artists’ Concerto Competition

Appearances: Lake George Music Festival, 2018; Miami Music Festival, 2016; Brevard Music Festival, 2015; Marrowstone Music Festival, 2014; Utah Music Festival, 2013; Campos do Jordão Winter Festival, Brazil, 2012; Great Wall Academy, China, 2011; California Summer Music, 2009; California ASTA Chamber Music Festival, 2008; Las Vegas Music Festival, 2006–07

What is your earliest memory of classical music? Playing lots of middle Cs on the piano

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? My high school, Las Vegas Academy (LVA), was focused on the arts, and I was really inspired to pursue music by the wonderful people I met in orchestra there and the camaraderie and community we had together.

What inspired you to audition for TŌN? I knew some musicians who played in TŌN, and it looked like a really great program. The combination of the orchestral training component with its emphasis on curatorial studies and professional development was something I thought was really unique and necessary as modern-day performers.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? I think 21st century orchestra concerts should combine the traditions and canonic repertoire of the past with the new innovations of the present, whether that’s in programming or creating a more interactive experience for the audience. I hope people who come to concerts always leave feeling moved or affected in some way.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Mozart

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.” The joy in the music flies off the page, and the fugue in the fourth movement is definitely one of my top favorite moments in all of classical music.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? There have been so many, but my most recent favorite experience has been traveling on a cruise ship as part of a Lincoln Center Stage piano quintet, and having the chance to perform great repertoire while visiting countries all over the world.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? To have more conviction in your own musical ideas, and to feel free to express them even if they might be different from someone else’s.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: I love Celtic or Celtic-influenced music. Some of favorite groups include Anúna, Celtic Woman, and The Gothard Sisters.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? I would love to learn the theremin! It’s an incredible instrument!

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? I would like to think that I would still in the be arts, whether that would be in design or in capturing the magic of the movies.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?: St. Petersburg, Russia. I love the dazzling grandeur of the city, found in its ornate architecture, elaborate art, and intricate history.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I’m also a pianist. I double majored in violin and piano performance at the University of Cincinnati (CCM).

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Remember to enjoy the process, even when things are difficult. The challenge, the opportunity to learn and evolve is so rewarding in itself.