Cho Liang Lin - anyone study with him?

December 26, 2005 at 04:23 AM · I'd like some opinions on Cho Liang Lin, as a teacher.


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December 26, 2005 at 07:28 AM · Pieter,

I've heard Midori's younger brother Ryu has been studying with him. Visit his homepage at You probably can ask Ryu directly by e-mail.

Good Luck,


December 27, 2005 at 11:21 AM · Pieter,

A very good friend of mine studied with him for 4 years or so. I'll let you know more by email:)


December 27, 2005 at 02:17 PM · I've seen him in a masterclass. Polite, but serious, direct, and seemed very organized.

I was impressed. But then again, it was only one masterclass.

December 27, 2005 at 11:37 PM · Thanks every one. I am looking forward to playing for him one day.

PS. Does anyone else find that his name sounds like a cool action movie name?

PPS. IG, I'm looking forward to hearing from you again. Hope you're practicing your Shostakovich 2!!!

"Cho Liang Lin and Jet Li fight evil together in the latest summer box office hit with Ang Lee directing..."

December 28, 2005 at 05:21 AM · Ha ha! It does have a bit of a ring to it.

I wonder if I'm related to him, however distantly. If so, I definitely didn't get the right genes. :-/

December 28, 2005 at 07:48 AM · I know a number of people who have studied with him. He is supposed to be very strict but also meticulous and detail-oriented. His busy performance schedule limits his studio size-- he only took one student this year.

December 30, 2005 at 10:47 AM · I was going to try to get in his studio, but my current teacher advised against it warning that you will be spending most of your time with a teachning assistant. Same goes for Perlman and Zukerman. If you plan on going all out for a great teacher at julliard, go for the all popular Weilerstein, and if that fails Bob Mann is the other great teacher there who is supposed to be simply hilarious. I will be auditioning for both their studios this year

December 30, 2005 at 07:03 PM · Yes, I've heard that you'll get a lot more out of Mann than some others.

December 30, 2005 at 07:27 PM · At Juilliard, when most teachers have any inclination that they can't teach you weekly, they will allow you the option of taking with another teacher. This is why there are students of Perlman-Mann, Perlman-Smirnoff, Copes-Weilerstein, etc. Also, teaching assistants really take a different definition here-- they aren't your run-of-the-mill 22 year old Masters student. Perlman's TA is the famous soloist, Stefan Milenkovich. Hyo Kang's TA is the concertmaster of the MET Orchestra. Robert Mann's TA is his son Nicholas who is a member of the Mendelssohn Quartet with Miriam Fried and a professor at NC Arts. As far as this school is concerned, it is really quite difficult to avoid being taught.

December 30, 2005 at 07:57 PM · Yea I was just about to say... the TAs there aren't something to dread...

December 30, 2005 at 09:10 PM · Thats very true. Also if you are good enough to get into any one of the studios, studying with the teacher an extraordinary amount isnt quite so important because you will most likely be trying to develope your own sense of style (having mostly mastered the technique). The most important thing is being able to say you studied with them.

December 30, 2005 at 11:09 PM · Hi,

Actually, the Juilliard thing does work. There is an openess to teaching there now that was not there before. One can seek the advice of many, and the assistants are good. On the Zukerman thing - he's at Manhattan. I do have reservations about his assistant who is not of the same order as he is (not to say that she is bad or anything).

As for Jimmy Lin - he's a great fiddle player who obviously studied with good teachers and knows the instrument extremely well. I remember seeing a masterclass of his during a fellowship I was doing in Singapore and thought that it was very good indeed. The experience of someone like that is invaluable. There are things that a player who has done it all can teach you that no else can. At that level, it's not just talent - it's a lot more.


December 30, 2005 at 11:48 PM · Hi,

One thing to add is that Jimmy has no teaching assistant at the moment.

December 31, 2005 at 12:03 AM · Right Zukerman has his own program at Manhattan with Patinka Kopec as a TA

December 31, 2005 at 12:08 AM · Even if I had the priviledge of getting in, I don't know if the infrequency of his presence would be worth it.

December 31, 2005 at 05:31 AM · Well you get to work with him via the video conferencing when he's not in town. They normally take 1 or 2 a year into the Zukerman program, most of the times the students have been working with Ms. Kopec for a few years or a friend of Mr. Zukerman's.

December 31, 2005 at 11:43 PM · Didn't the competition favourite Antal Szlai study with Zukerman?

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