piano player and toy pianist Tiffany Lin has been sitting at the keyboard fumbling for the right notes since 1986.
she explores the potential of sound, pursuing music that utilizes the piano as a multifaceted instrument in provocative, engaging performances. Commissioning and performing works for toy and nontraditional pianos, she sidesteps the instrument's perceived limitations, enmeshing traditional keyboard repertoire with boundary-defying new music.
born in Taiwan and raised in the central valley of California, Lin began studying classical piano at a young age. She continued her piano studies at Valencia's California Institute of the Arts and earned her bachelor's in music at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
at CalArts she studied with pianist Peter Miyamoto, violinist Leroy Jenkins and trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith. In Seattle she studied with composer Laura Kaminsky and pianist Oksana Ezhokina.
her small-town, classical background is what has influenced her interest in expanding standard piano techniques and disassembling pianos.
currently a resident of Seattle, she boasts awards such as a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs CityArtist Grant, A Jackstraw Artist Support Residency, a 4Culture Individual Artist Project Grant, and an Artist Trust GAP grant.
she has performed the complete John Cage Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano on KEXP 90.3 FM. She has performed in venues including The Moore Theater (Seattle), at On the Boards (Seattle), the Roy O. Disney Performance Hall (Valencia, CA), the Seattle Art Museum, and at the International Festival of Contemporary Performance (NYC).
she is the proud owner of a michelsonne toy piano.