The Malaysian-born conductor, pianist and composer, David Chin, began his music education at the age of 9 and successfully completed Piano Associate Diploma (ATCL) examinations of Trinity College London in 2004. He recived his Bachelor of Music degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Choral and Piano Performance from Liberty University in 2010 and was awarded both Outstanding Music Student and Keyboard Student of the Year. He was awarded the Charles W. Kennett Scholarship and the Herman Genhart Choral Conducting Scholar Award by the Eastman School of Music, and completed his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting (2010-2012). While at Eastman, he conducted the Eastman Repertory Singers and Eastman Chorale, and served as the accompanist of the Eastman Women's Chorus. The graduate programs in conducting at Eastman have repeatedly been ranked by US News and World Report as the finest in the country. A small number of students are admitted to these degree programs, and they are given significant podium experience with regular Eastman ensembles. Chin has been mentored by conductors William Weinert, Brad Lubman, Helmuth Rilling, Simon Carrington, and Cleusia Goncalves. His piano coaches included world-renowned pianist Daisy de Lucca Jaffè (pupil of Magda Tagliaferro, Friedrich Gulda, Richard Hauser, and Guido Agosti) and David Ehrman; and his voice coaches included Raymond Gibbs (former Metropolitan Opera House tenor), Kathryn Cowdrick, and Wayne Kompelien.
As a conductor, pianist, and composer, David Chin has experienced a career-defining year that young musicians dream of. He has recently been appointed as the music faculty of the Roberts Wesleyan College in New York, where he conducts the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale and the Roberts Singers, and teaches conducting. In addition, appointments as the Music Director of the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester (in 2011) and guest conductor of the International Christian Choral Conductor Society, invitation to teach at the 21st World Sacred Music Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, and selection as one the conductors to attend both the Sarteano Chamber Music Workshop in Italy and Helmuth Rilling's Masterclass in Hong Kong have solidly placed David as a leader in the next generation of globe-trotting musicians.
David Chins 2011-2012 seasons include conducting performances of Haydn's Symphony No. 94 'Surprise' and Theresienmesse, and selections by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Maurice Duruflé, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Giovanni Gabrieli, Sibelius, Samuel Barber and others; he also recently performed piano works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, L.v. Beethoven, Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Debussy. Highlights of his 2012-2013 season include conducting performances of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in D (BWV 1068), Magnificat in D (BWV 243), Cantatas BWV 17, BWV 45, BWV 47, BWV 81, BWV 82, BWV 81, BWV 82, BWV 164, BWV 180, and BWV 191; ; George Frideric Handel's Utretch Te Deum (HWV 278), Jubilate (HWV 279) and Messiah; Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria (RV 589), Tomaso Albinoni's Concerto Op. 7 No. 3, Haydn's Te Deum in C, Mozart's Missa Brevis in G (KV140), Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G, Camille Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves, and selections by Georg Philipp Telemann, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, and American composers.
Known for his energetic conducting and charismatic personality, David Chin has swiftly emerged as one of the rising conductors and musical leaders of his generation. Over the years, he has directed numerous choirs and orchestras, and collaborated with outstanding musicians from all around the world. An enthusiastic church musician, he has served Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, and Congregational churches in Asia and North America. He had also won awards in original compositions for chorus and orchestra, piano solo, and piano concerto. His original sacred piano arrangements have been broadcast on the International Television Program in the USA.
David Chin currently serves on the music faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College in New York, where he conducts the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale and the Roberts Singers, and teaches conducting. In addition, appointments as the Music Director of the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester and guest conductor of the International Christian Choral Conductor Society, invitations to conduct the opening concert of the new Eastman School of Music: Cantata! A Bach Cantata Series and the Hong Kong Bach Cantata Lecture Concert, to teach at the World Sacred Music Conferences in Auckland, New Zealand and Medan, Indonesia, and selection as one the conductors to attend both the Sarteano Chamber Music Workshop in Italy and Helmuth Rilling's Masterclass in Hong Kong have solidly placed David as a leader in the next generation of globe-trotting musicians.
David Chin is currently a member of the renowned Christ Church Schola Cantorum in Rochester. He also sings with the Voices ensemble, Eastman Chorale, and Eastman-Rochester Chorus.