Lynn Bechtold, Violin

Violinist Lynn Bechtold, a native of Pittsburgh, has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Argentina, Canada, France, Holland, Japan, and Switzerland. An advocate of new music, she has worked with composers such as Carter Burwell, Gloria Coates, George Crumb, Beatriz Ferreyra, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works on the Tribeca New Music Festival and the Princeton Composers' Series. In 2001, she gave the premiere of Violynn,  a work for violin and electronics written for her by Alvin Lucier. All About Jazz noted her for her "virtuosity and technical expertise," and San Diego Story called her "unapologetically dominating."


In addition to Zentripetal, she performs in groups including Miolina, Quartet Metadata, CompCord Ensemble, Nine Live, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, and Tenth Intervention. Other programs have been with Absolute Ensemble, Bleecker StQ, Catalyst Dance, DJ Spooky, East Village Opera Company, disco band Escort, Eternal Tango Orchestra, Glass Farm Ensemble, NY Symphonic Ensemble, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, 10 Hairy Legs, the Vermont Symphony, VisionIntoArt, VOX Opera Readings, and Pablo Ziegler. She has also performed with entertainers such as Boyz II Men, Michael Bublé, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Dead Can Dance, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Band, Roberta Flack, Josh Groban, Cyndi Lauper, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, J-Pop band SMAP, Donna Summer, and Stevie Wonder. In a work by artist Derrick Adams, she was part of Performa '13, the annual performance art biennial. An active performer, she has performed at diverse venues such as the Blue Note, Bowery Ballroom, Carnegie Hall, Citi Field, the Frick Museum, the Harvard Club, Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Merkin Hall, MoMA, National Sawdust, nublu, le Poisson Rouge, Radio City Music Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, the Smithsonian, St. John the Divine, and The Whitney Museum. Radio/TV broadcasts include CBC, NHK, WKCR, WNYC, CBS Morning Show, Good Day NY,  30 Rock, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.


She received her Masters Degree from Mannes–The New School for Music, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir. Prior to that, she received a double-degree in Violin and English from New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University. When time allows, she likes to compose electroacoustic works and to write articles about food/music/life. Her compositions have been performed on various series and festivals, including Birmingham New Music Festival, Circuit Bridges, Composers Concordance, Composers Voice, JUMP, Music With a View, NWEAMO, Soft Series, Sonic Circuits, and Sound Traffic, and at venues such as the Austrian Cultural Forum NYC and the Bohemian National Hall.


She is on the faculties of The Dwight School, Greenwich House Music School, and Town School in NYC, as well as the Norwalk Youth Symphony in CT. She is the recipient of grants from American-Scandinavian Foundation, City Artists Corp, Japan Foundation NY, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New Music USA, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Women Composers, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Theatre, the Leopold Schepp Foundation, and the Hilda Mesta Willis Fund.

Photo by Bill Burke