Bestmann, Chi-Chi, ConductorViola, Violin
Chi-Chi Lin Bestmann has taught violin/viola and orchestral conducting in MacPhail’s Individual Instruction and School Partnerships programs since 2018. She holds over 25 years’ experience teaching violin/viola, chamber music and conducting orchestras in various schools in New York. Since arriving the Twin Cities area, Ms. Bestmann can be found freelancing with many ensembles which includes the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera.
Chi-Chi has always found humor to be the easiest way to convey her joy in sharing music. It is important to provide a safe environment which allows her students to trust and learn with ease. She encourages multi-sensory learning and cultivates parents’ understanding through frequent communication.
She was a participant in the New York Philharmonic’s Conductor Table hosted by Kurt Masur. She won the Lower Strings Competition at Mannes College of Music and performed with the orchestra. She was part of the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, and served as Guest Conductor of the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. She is Founder and Executive Director of Petite Concerts Inc., a nonprofit organization offering live-music experiences to young children with the mission of cultivating music audiences of the future through local venues with easy access.
Chi-Chi holds a Bachelors of Music in Orchestral Conducting, a Masters of Music in Viola Performance, and a Professional Studies Diploma in Viola Performance, all from Mannes College of Music.