Division I : First Place – Ian Lin

Student of Tanya Schwartzman

Ian J. Lin is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island.  He is 11 years old and a 7th grader at Curtis Corner Middle School.  Ian is a pianist, a composer and a violinist.    He studies piano under Ms. Tanya Schwartzman, the director of Sharon Music Academy, a winner of many outstanding teacher awards.  He has won many piano awards and music composition awards (Please see below for a list of selected awards).  He has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and BSO Concert Hall. He gives solo concerts at local nursing homes every year around Holiday seasons and in springtime. He currently studies composition under Dr. Stephen Halloran, a faculty at Boston Conservatory and the head of composition department at Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA. He studies violin under Dr. Alexey Shabalin, a member of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra.

At the age of 5, he was accepted as a Davidson Young Scholar at Davidson Institute for Profoundly Gifted Children.  Besides music, Ian enjoys tennis, basketball, math, robotics, and science.

Accomplishment and Awards:

Selected Piano Awards include:

  • 1st Place, Steinway Society of Massachusetts
  • 1st Prize, International Chopin Piano Competition, Hartford, CT
  • 3rd place at the International Young Artist Piano Competition, Washing DC
  • 1st Prize, International Paderewski Piano Competition, Farmington, CT
  • First Prize, International Crescendo Competition
  • Overall Best Performer, URI Piano Extravaganza (Multiple years)

Selected Composition Awards include:

  • ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition (age 10-30) Honorable Mention
  • MTNA Elementary Division (Age 5-10), National 3rd place winner, Eastern Division Winner, Massachusetts State Winner.
  • MTNA Composition MA winner and Eastern Division Winner (Multiple years)
  • New Tribeca Emerging Composer Award (age 21 and under division)
  • New England Teacher Association Alice Procter Award (Outstanding composition In the Classical)


  • Youngest member at the RI Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • RI Philharmonic Music School Bach Double violin Concerto winner

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