Lina Mar Yamin is a violinist from Caracas, Venezuela, with master’s and post-master’s degrees in violin performance from DePaul University and bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. She has studied with Janet Sung, Kevin Lawrence and Edgar Aponte.
Before moving to Chicago, Yamin participated in El Sistema. There, she was trained as an orchestral musician and took lessons and classes at the Simon Bolivar Conservatoire, and she was also a member of the first violin section of the Youth Orchestra of Caracas. As such, she toured and played in more than 27 cities in America, Europe and Asia and collaborated with many El Sistema-inspired organizations. She has played under Gustavo Dudamel, Leon Botstein, Dietrich Paredes, Rafael Payare and Christian Vasquez, among others.
Yamin has performed solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire. While in the United States, she has performed with professional orchestras such as the Hilton Head Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic. She has also participated in summer festivals such as Chicago Summer Opera, Fresh Inc., Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the summer program of the Latin American Academy of Violin. Currently, she is a Civic Orchestra of Chicago Fellow and a violin and viola instructor at the Chicago Waldorf School.
She plays a Patrick Robin violin with a Victor Fetique bow, lent by the private string instrument collection that honors the memory of Margaret Harvey.