Christabel Lin was born in New Zealand and made her first major solo appearance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand) at the age of 11 for an audience of 250,000. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ), Taichung Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), the Austin Civic Orchestra (Austin, TX) and the Vienna Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Town Hall and the Wiener Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic.
In 2012 she was a full time violin player of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria before moving to Austin, Texas in 2013 to further her education at the University of Texas at Austin in the Artist’s Diploma program with Professor Brian Lewis.
Christabel has been the winner of numerous chamber music competitions and has been involved in extensive chamber music performances and tours, which have taken her throughout New Zealand, to Asia and the UK (including St. Martins in the Fields in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She has collaborated with artists from around the world, including Anton Sorokow (Concertmaster, Vienna Symphony), Anton Nel (solo pianist and chamber musician, USA), and David Kim (Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra). In 2006, her string quartet, the Antipodes String Quartet, was selected to study extensively through the Graduate String Quartet program under the mentorship of the New Zealand String Quartet at the New Zealand School of Music, where Christabel graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance. She holds a Master’s degree from Vienna Conservatory in violin performance.
Christabel keeps her artistic actives diverse and likes to be involved in many varied projects and mediums. She holds a monthly open chamber music reading event, Austin Classical Jams, at the Butterfly Bar in Austin, TX, and is a member of the Austin-based band, Flamenco Symphony.