Pianist Jenny Lin, known for her creative, thoughtfully crafted recitals, brings her dynamic talent to Great Performers' Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts series on November 12. In honor of the visionary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov's 80th birthday, the program will feature his lyrical meditations on Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, and other composers alongside the masterworks that inspired him. Learn more about the program.


First instrument you played?
Piano.

Top three influences (musical or otherwise)?
Sviatoslav Richter, Maria Callas, but mostly my mother.

Artist/album you have on repeat?
Billie Holiday, The Complete Commodore Recordings.

Last live performance you saw?
Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS at Lincoln Center Festival.

Favorite city to play?
Rio de Janeiro.

Hidden talent?
Netflix binger.

Favorite book or movie?
The Godfather.

Top three pieces of advice for aspiring artists?
Never give up, never give up, never give up.

First live performance you remember seeing?
Mirella Freni in La Bohème at Vienna State Opera. I was 10 and had a standing-room-only ticket. As I was so little, people in the front offered me a “standing seat” in the first row.

Artist you'd most like to meet (past or present)?
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ferruccio Busoni.

First paying gig?
Mozart Concerto with Taiwan National Orchestra when I was 10.

Latest/current project?
Complete Philip Glass Piano Etudes, complete Chopin Nocturnes, and complete piano music of Artur Schnabel, for the Steinway & Sons record label.

Country you'd most like to visit?
Portugal.

Artist you'd most like to collaborate with?
Igor Stravinsky.

Practice tips?
At moments you don't feel like practicing, just go to your instrument and play for three minutes. Most likely you will end up playing for three hours.

You hope someone comes away from one of your performances feeling…?
...as if they experienced something new.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
Wonder Woman!