Gordon Chin

Born in1957, Gordon Chin has established himself as one of the most prolific and sought after composers in his native country of Taiwan. Chin’s repertoire includes four symphonies, a cantata, an opera, three violin concertos, A Triple Concerto, a double concerto, a cello concerto, a piano concerto, numerous choral works, chamber works, five percussion quartets, and various works for solo instruments. Chin earned his doctoral degree from Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Samuel Adler, Warren Benson and Christopher Rouse.

Chin has been honored by numerous commissions from major ensembles and institutions in North America, Asia and Europe. In 2008, Chin’s opera The Black Bearded Bible Man was premiered with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Chien Wen-Pin, and director Lukas Hemleb. In the season of 2009, Chin’s Romance for Cello and Orchestra was premiered by Santa Barbara Chamber orchestra with cellist Felix Fan and conductor Heiichiro Ohyama. Also premiered in 2009 was a single movement clarinet concerto A Clear Midnight. The performance took place in Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with Clarinetist Yanase and Chin conducted the Euodia Symphony Orchestra. In the year of 2010, Maestro Herbig and pianist Ms. Jia-Hui Lu premiered Chin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. The commissioned music for chamber ensemble Fountain of Tears, and First Rain were recorded and released in Tokyo. Dancing in the Shadow of Time, a dramatic music work written for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra was premiered in 2010 with YinQi Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Another large scale work for soloists and chorus Running Memories was premiered by Taipei Philharmonic Chorus and Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra in 2011. In this current 2013 season, Chin’s Clarinet Quintet was premiered by the Japan Euodia Ensemble, and Triple Concerto was premiered by Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra.   

An album featuring Chin’s work including Formosa Seasons and Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern with Cho-Liang Lin and Felix Fan as soloists was released by the Naxos Label in February of 2007.

Chin currently serves as Music Director of YinQi Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in Taipei, and is a faculty member of National Taiwan Normal University.