Delvan Lin

Born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1999, Delvan Lin began piano lessons at the age of six and is currently studying at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Alan Chow and Professor Nelita True. He previously studied in New Zealand under the tutelage of Dr Rae de Lisle and Bryan Sayer.

In 2015, Delvan competed in the Wallace National Junior Piano Competition, taking first prize, and a year later he went on to become the youngest winner of the Wallace National Piano Competition. Adjudicator Andrew Ball praised Delvan’s interpretation of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Book II as one of such intelligence and depth that he felt he was listening to a pianist of 60 rather than 16.

Delvan has also performed in master classes with distinguished artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Julian Martin, Anton Nel, Christopher Elton, Boris Giltburg, Jie Chen, Benjamin Hochman, William Fong, Diedre Irons, and Read Gainsford.

An active chamber musician since his high school years, Delvan has been a member of the Sollertinsky Trio and L’arc en Ciel, both first prize recipients of the New Zealand National Secondary School Chamber Music Contest in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2017, Delvan toured the UK with the Aurelian Trio, winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Scholarship.

Aurelian performed in prominent venues such as St. James’ Picadilly and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and they also premiered an original new work composed for the group by Xu Tang at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2016, Delvan performed his concerto debut in the Auckland Town Hall, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor with the Bach Musica under the baton of Rita Paczian. In 2017, he performed Brahm’s Second Piano Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Guy Noble, as part of the APO’s “Unwrap the Musica” concert series.