Performer Spotlight

  • Piano Man

    March 30, 2022

    Award-winning concert pianist Brian Lin joins the Gulf Coast Symphony for a concerto by Mozart, 14 years after performing with us as a 16-year-old keyboard phenom Brian Yuebing Lin was born in Wuhan, China, though about a month after his birth, the family moved to the city of Shenzhen, where Brian grew up and where …

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  • Jazz Messenger

    March 10, 2021

    Drummer Paul Gavin is Director of the freshly minted Gulf Coast Jazz Collective that is performing regularly at the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Music and Arts Community Center. Here is his story.

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  • A Wise Violinist Does Not Lose Her Way

    January 22, 2021

    Many people believe we are fated to become what we eventually become. In Reiko Niiya’s case, the instrument of fate was the combined will of her mother and aunt, who decided early on that the child would grow up to be a fine violinist.

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  • Singing It, Frankly

    December 15, 2020

    Brian Duprey was born in Woonsocket, R.I., once a landing point for French Canadians relocating in the United States. Though Brian’s family didn’t descend from due North. “Everybody thinks Duprey is French. It’s actually Polish. They didn’t know how to spell the name in English when my family came here. It was actually Dypry.”

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  • A Gospel Singer Goes Broadway and Barry

    November 13, 2020

    Tenor Mark Sanders was one of those kids who moved around a lot. He was born into a military family at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, FL.; Though the family moved to Chicago six months later for a few years, before hitting the road again, this time to Wichita, KS.

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