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Local pianist headed to Carnegie Hall

Northern Illinois University music graduate student Yao Lin will play Carnegie Hall in New York City on Monday.

She will play a world premiere of “Evening Song of a Fishing Boat,” written by well-known Chinese composer Jianzhong Wang who dedicated this work to Professor William Goldenberg, the chairman of NIU’s piano department.

Yao Lin was invited to play the recital after winning the second prize in both concerto and solo contests in the American Protégé International Piano and String Competition.

Lin began her piano study when she was 8 years old. She left China when she was 15 to enroll in the legendary Odessa Conservatory where she spent the next six years. In 2009, she came to NIU to study piano performance with Goldenberg.

In the fall of 2009, she broke her wrist while riding a bicycle on an icy day. She feared that she would never be able to play the piano again. She credits her Christian faith and her doctors for their help in her recovery.

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