Tylee Lin :: Walgreens National Concerto Competition

Tylee Lin

Tylee Lin (MYA Alum ’10)
2008 MYA Senior Division, violin
Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Mvt. 3 - Camille Saint-Saëns

College: Yale University

Other Competitions:
Stradivarius International Violin Competition
Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition in Honor of Confucius

What are you doing now? Do you still play your instrument?
I'm currently enrolled in Yale University, where I am hoping to go off into a career in medicine. I plan on playing in the Yale Symphony Orchestra, participating in the chamber music program there, and continuing my private studies on the side.

What do you remember most from the competition?
I remember practicing like crazy for the three days before the competition...I literally practiced during every free moment for those three days, with some breaks in between. On the day of, the thing I remember most was the 3.5 hour-long wait to hear the judges' results.

Who helped you prepare?
My parents, teachers, and accompanists have always been a tremendous help to me. Mr. Ribeiro (my private violin teacher) has always encouraged and driven me to do my best, as have my parents, who are relentless in their efforts to assist me in anything I do. Also, Tatyana Stepanova, who has been my accompanist for these past six or so years, has been a tremendous help, giving me wonderful criticism and lending her own musical experience to improve my personal performances.

What is your advice for participants in the 15th Annual Walgreens Concerto Competition?
It's a great experience. While it does require hard work and effort, it will pay off regardless if you win or not. You can also watch the performances of other great musicians - people who share your passions and interests. In the end, yes, there can only be one overall winner. But it's the process, the discipline, and the fun that really makes the competition a worthwhile experience.