San Diego Union-Tribune
March 3, 2018
SummerFest 2018 season will celebrate outgoing music director Cho-Liang Lin’s 18-year tenure
The 2018 edition of the La Jolla Music Society’s annual SummerFest chamber music festival will be an era-ending landmark for its music director, Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin, who has guided the annual August event for the past 18 of its 32 years.
“I wanted all my favorite musicians, my best friends, to come and celebrate my farewell with me and have a last season I can proudly say is a good one,” said Lin, speaking from his home in Houston, where he is a professor of violin studies at Rice University.
The star-packed lineup Lin has assembled — which includes Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman and San Diego’s Wu Man and Steven Schick — affirms he has achieved his goal. Starting in the summer of 2019, Lin will launch the nonprofit Taipei Festival & Academy in his native Taiwan. SummerFest’s new music director, Inon Barnatan, will take the mantle next year.