Matthay Festival
Clara Wells Finalists 2024

Allison Lin

is the Clara Wells Fellow, High School Division, for 2024. She is currently a freshman at Eastside Preparatory School in Washington State. She started her piano education when she was five and took lessons with Angelo Rondello. Since 2021, she has been a student of Dr. Yelena Balabanova at the International Conservatory Studio. In 2022, Allison won the SCMTA Concerto Competition and performed with Skyros Chamber Ensemble. The same year, she was accepted to the Seattle Piano Institute summer program at the University of Washington School of Music, where she studied with Professor Craig Sheppard and participated in the final showcase recital at Brechemin Auditorium. Allison has received Gold medals at the SCMTA Sonatina-Sonata Festival for three consecutive years, Pacific Northwest Piano Competition, International German Music Piano Competition, EMTA Baroque Time Era festival, as well as a Gold Seal at Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. In 2023, Allison performed at Carnegie Hall in New York after winning the American Virtuoso International Music Competition.

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Lyndon Ji

is the Clara Wells Fellow, Collegiate Division, for 2024. He is currently studying in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Wei-Yi Yang. Previously, he completed his Artist Diploma at the IU Jacobs School of Music and his Master of Music at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Roberto Plano and Logan Skelton, respectively. He pursued Mathematics (B.S.) at Yale University, where he studied piano additionally with Elizabeth Parisot and was employed as a Swensen Fellow in Strategic Analysis. In recent seasons, he has performed for the American Liszt Society annual conference and has been invited to the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Fellowship), Kneisel Hall, and Pianofest in the Hamptons, among others. His numerous awards include the Grand Prize at the 2023 Chicago International Music Competition. Committed to music of our time, his recitals and collaborations have included works by both established luminaries (Harold Meltzer, Andrew Norman, Igor Santos, Juri Seo, etc.) as well as friends and colleagues. This summer he will collaborate closely with composition fellows at the Norfolk New Music Workshop in celebration of Charles Ivesí sesquicentenary. Outside of music, Lyndon enjoys brewing coffee in all forms and attempting to train his two cats (or watching his wife attempt to train them).

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