Violist To Perform in Concert Series at Mary Baldwin

October 30, 2003

French violist Antoine Tamestit will perform in Mary Baldwin University’s 2003–04 Carl Broman Concert series. He will play Wednesday, November 12, at 8 p.m. in Francis Auditorium in Pearce Science Center at Coalter and Frederick streets in Staunton.

Tamestit will make his New York debut in the Young Concert Artist Series on November 25 and will also debut in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum later in the season. His awards include first prize in the 2001 William Primrose International Viola Competition in Chicago and first prize and Sacem Prize for best interpretation of the contemporary piece at the 2000 Maurice Vieux International Viola Competition in Paris.

Born in Paris in 1979, Tamestit began to play the violin at the age of 6, but fell in love with the deeper voice of the viola at the age of 10. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory in 1999 and earned a master’s degree at Yale University on a Fulbright Scholarship from the Franco-American Commission and a Lavoisier Scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tamestit will be accompanied by pianist Ying-Chien Lin. Born in Taiwan, Lin began her musical studies in pianos at the age of 6. She received her bachelor of music from Taipei University of the Arts and her master’s of music from Mannes College of Music. Lin is a doctor of musical arts candidate at SUNY Stony Brook, New York and is enrolled in the artist diploma program at the Juilliard School.

The music series is named for Dr. Carl W. Broman, a member of the Mary Baldwin University faculty from 1935 to 1976 who built an unusually strong undergraduate music program. For more information, contact Mary Baldwin Associate Professor Robert Allen at (540) 887-7294.