Named one of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Hot 30 under 30 Canadian Classical Musicians, Chinese-Canadian pianist Linda Ruan is passionate about sharing the potential of music to overcome boundaries across cultures. Since being introduced to the drums at the age of four and then the piano at the age of seven, music has remained a stabilizing force in her diverse childhood from Tokyo, Shanghai to Vancouver. Her unconventional path from a young age broadened her horizons and cultivated a fascination for diverse cultures. Her curiosity guided her beyond her solo piano studies, expanding to music pedagogy and community engagement, the fortepiano, conducting and a wide range of chamber music projects.
Linda is a top prize winner in a number of international piano competitions including the VI Odin International Music Competition, Music Without Limits International Competition, and the Seattle International Piano Competition. Her piano duo La Fiammata is the second prize winner of the ARD International Music Competition 2021. She has performed in venues across the world, from Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio to a recital tour in China spanning Guangzhou to Shanghai. Additionally, she made her orchestral debut with the Xinghai Philharmonic.
Linda received her Bachelor of Music degree with Honours and Master of Music degrees from The Glenn Gould School, The Juilliard School, and the Tianjin School respectively. Her past teachers include James Anagnoson, Hung-Kuan Chen, Corey Hamm, Xiao Li, Li Wang, Xiaohan Wang, and Jia Xie. Currently, she is studying at the UBC School of Music with Dr. Corey Hamm.