Indianapolis Symphony’s new concertmaster settles into his pandemic-delayed first in-person season

Posted on: October 29, 2021

“When Kevin Lin walks out onto the stage, he sees himself as a piece of a moment,” writes Domenica Bongiovanni in Tuesday’s (10/27) Indy Star (Indianapolis). “The combination of his communicative style and expressive talent is why the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hired Lin from the London Philharmonic Orchestra to be the Circle City’s concertmaster in 2020…. After the pandemic delayed his first full season with the symphony, Lin is settling in now.… Lin, 28, is … a virtuosic musician who remains relatable…. [First violinist] Sherry Hong said Lin puts players at ease…. ‘We have someone who’s a very natural leader,’ Hong said.… Lin moved to Indianapolis in August 2020…. Unable to gather at Hilbert Circle Theatre, symphony musicians began inviting him to perform in distanced concerts for the community—at the Gazebo on Lawton Loop in Lawrence and at the Fairview Presbyterian Church parking lot. ‘It actually changed the way I think about how music plays a role in society,’ Lin said…. ‘Even if he wasn’t a musician, he’d probably be CEO of a company or something like that,’ said [Lin’s friend Will] Chow, who’s now a cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. ‘People just listen to him.’ ”