Lina Bahn, Violin

Fast Facts

  • Faculty, Thornton School of Music at the UCLA; former faculty, University of Colorado-Boulder.

  • Former member, Corigliano Quartet, VERGE Ensemble; soloist, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica de la Serena (Chile) and the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Degrees: BM, The Julliard School with Dorothy DeLay. MM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Jane Bryant Fellowship Award under the tutelage of Paul Kantor.

Photo: Jim Graham

Lina Bahn is a violinist who has a keen interest in collaborative and innovative repertoire, and has been called “brilliant” and “lyrical” by the Washington Post. As a committed educator, she was on the faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 2008-2015, and she has taught masterclasses and lessons throughout the world, including those at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, the Sydney Conservatory, Hong Kong University, Renmin University in Beijing, the Curtis Institute of Music, among others. She was on the faculty of the Sierra Summer Academy of Music from 2001-2013, the Institute of the Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Summer Festival. Currently, she serves on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Lina Bahn was a member of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet, which held prestigious residency posts at The Juilliard School, Indiana University and Dickinson College, as well as on summer faculty at Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, Marrowstone, Canandaigua Chamber Festival and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. The quartet’s performances have brought them to such venues as The Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Corcoran Gallery, Phillips Collection and Carnegie Hall, and have earned them the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. In 2007, their Naxos Records recording of quartets by John Corigliano and Jefferson Friedman was selected by The New Yorker magazine as one of the year’s “Best 10 Recordings.” The Corigliano Quartet was lauded by the Strad Magazine for their “abundant commitment and mastery,” and praised as “musicians who seem to say ‘listen to this!'” by the New York Times. They have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance TodayAll Things Considered and Backstage Pass, Chicago’s WFMT’s Live From Studio One, and the Quartet can be heard on the Albany, CRI, Naxos and Bayer Labels.

In Washington, D.C., Bahn was the Executive Director and violinist with the VERGE Ensemble for fourteen years while it was the resident ensemble of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The VERGE Ensemble performed in Paris, New York, Cleveland, at the Livewire Festival (UMBC) and Third Practice Festival (Richmond) and was the resident ensemble for the June in Buffalo Festival in 2009. They have performed at Le Poisson Rouge, The Issue Project Room and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Bahn was also a member of the National Gallery New Music Ensemble of the Smithsonian, which gave its inaugural performance in the East Wing in 2010, performing works of Xenakis, Antosca and a premiere by Roger Reynolds. The National Gallery Ensemble participated in the 2012 Washington D.C. John Cage Centennial Festival, with performances at the East Wing, the NGA Auditorium and at the Maison Francaise of the French Embassy. These included premieres of composers Christian Wolff, Beat Furrer, Robert Ashley and George Lewis.

As a soloist, she has appeared with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica de la Serena (Chile) and the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra. Solo performance recitals include those at the Phillips Collection, The Stone, Issue Project Room and at The Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has commissioned works by Benjamin Broening, Ken Ueno, Dan Visconti, Jeffrey Mumford, Adam Silverman, Steve Antosca, Keith Fitch, Daniel Wohl, among others. Bahn’s chamber music performances have included recitals and concerts in festivals such as the Costa Rican International Chamber Festival, the Sierra Summer Festival, the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the Garth Newel Music Series and the Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende. In the spring of 2010, she was on tour with the Takacs Quartet, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Southbank Centre, Concertgebouw and the Mariinsky Theater. From 1992-1994 she toured extensively throughout Chile with the Bahn-Mahave-Browne piano trio as a recipient of national grants to teach and perform. In 2005, their piano trio was selected to perform for the president of Chile and the King of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpuur. 

Lina Bahn studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Julliard School for her undergraduate degree. She completed her master’s degree as the recipient of the Jane Bryant Fellowship Award under the tutelage of Paul Kantor. Her doctorate in music is from the Indiana University, where she completed her dissertation entitled, Virtuosity in Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII. At Indiana University, she was an Associate Instructor and studied with Miriam Fried and Paul Biss. Bahn’s early training in Chicago started with Lillian Schaber and she finished her high school years under the guidance of Roland and Almita Vamos.