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Irving M. Klein International String Competition Names New Deputy Director

Zoe Lin will step into the newly created role, effective immediately

The 39th Klein Competition will take place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from June 1-2, 2024, where 8-9 young string players will compete for cash prizes and performance contracts. Applications are open through February 3, 2024.

After seven years as executive director, Marcy Straw will now serve as Interim Executive Director, providing finance and resource development support.

Zoe Lin, as the new Deputy Director will be responsible for the production of the Klein Competition, concerts and events, outreach, operations, and alumni relations.

“I feel so grateful to Mitchell Klein, the board, and the Klein community for welcoming me into the family this year," Zoe said. "With my new responsibilities, I’m extremely excited to continue the Klein’s legacy, expanding our reach and audiences as we champion young musicians.”

A 2022 graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program, Zoe earned degrees in English at Columbia and cello performance at Juilliard. She began studying cello at the age of five. At Juilliard, she was in the studio of Richard Aaron and previously studied with Michael Gelfandbein and Jonathan Koh.

She has performed at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. Prior to joining the Klein, Zoe served in varied roles at From The Top, Idagio, the Columbia Music Performance Program, and Park Ave Artists.

“It’s a pleasure to pass the baton to Zoe," Marcy Straw added. "I look forward to supporting her development in 2024.  Her fresh perspective, deep understanding of our work, enthusiasm, and skills will be invaluable. I’m proud that we are investing in leadership to meet the future of the Klein and of our sector.”

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