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Wilbur Lin (Conductor, Harpsichord, Piano)

Born: New Jersey, USA

The American-born Taiwanese conductor, harpsichordist, and pianist, Wilbur Lin, was born into a Christian family with a father active in amateur choral conducting. He began his musical education at the age of 5. When he 6 his family moved to Taiwan. As a young man, he studied the piano with Yuli Hsu, Professor Chen Yu-Yun, and Professor Tsai Chung-Wen. He went on to complete his undergraduate studies in piano at the prestigious National Taiwan Normal University in 2011, finished his Master of Music degree in conducting at Royal Northern College of Music in 2013, studying there with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. He is now a doctoral student in orchestral conducting at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. To date, he has also studied with Dr. Mo-Li Jiang and harpsichord player Shan-Chin Chang and participated in master-classes with Professor Bernd Zack, early keyboard performer Shuann Chai, and the famous pianist Rui-Pin Chen. He received conducting coaching from Professor Apo Hsu whilst in University, as well as through master-classes with Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Juanjo Mena, Jac van Steen, Mark Stringer, Paul McCreesh, Harold Farberman, Lawrence Golan, Myer Fredman, Alexander Briger, Helmuth Rilling, amongst others. He is now under the tutelage of maestri Arthur Fagen and David Effron.

Wilbur Lin is an active chamber musician as well as well as a regular solo performer. He is also enjoys choral accompaniment and playing in piano and cello duos among others. He started to conduct whilst at high school, and in 2008 founded his own orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei. Two years later he set up the Bach Choir, to run in association with this orchestra and with which he has given numerous concerts. The Chamber Philharmonic Taipei is now a professional chamber orchestra funded by both the Arts Council of Taipei and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture and is one of the first to be focusing on early classical and Baroque repertoire in the greater Chinese-speaking region. Lin was also the accompanist and assistant conductor of Chorus Sound of Hope from 2008 to 2010.

In 2011, Wilbur Lin made his professional debut by conducting the ISCM ensemble in their annual new music event and assisting Fusao Kajima with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in their Sun Moon Lake Music Festival Series. Whilst undertaking his term of military service in 2011-2012, he was the resident conductor of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Army Band. He also assisted Andrew Manze with his residency at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013.

Wilbur Lin's conducting engagements have taken him to international stages including Taipei's National Concert Hall and Zhongshan Hall, Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Manchester's MediaCityUK studios, amongst others. He regularly works with Chamber Philharmonic Taipei, and has conducted Manchester Camerata in his master's degree recital whilst studying at Royal Northern College of Music. Through conducting auditions, competitions, and assistantships, he has also worked with MAV Symphony Orchestra of Budapest, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Cadaques Orchestra in Spain, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and China’s Guiyang Symphony Orchestra. He regularly conducts and records contemporary music, which has included appearances in the National Recital Hall of C. K. S. Center and the Taipei Zhongshan Hall, two of the most prestigious venues in Taiwan. He has also conducted several local church choirs.

Wilbur Lin currently residing in Indiana, USA. His recent highlights include assisting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony orchestras, guest engagement with Ensemble ISCM-Taiwan, and directing Chamber Philharmonic Taipei's: Bach Series. He has held the position of Lord Rhode's Scholar from 2013-2014 and was the recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in 2013 and 2014 at Royal Northern College of Music. He was among the finalists of assistant conductor auditions at Guiyang Symphony Orchestra (China) and Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and has also made it to the semi-final round of Cadaques International Conducting Competition in 2013.

Source: Chamber Philharmonic Taipei Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2014); Wilbur Lin (December 2015)

Wilbur Lin: Short Biography | Chamber Philharmonic Taipei | Recordings of Vocal Works | Chamber Philharmonic Taipei: Cantata Project

Links to other Sites

Wilbur Lin - Pianist, Harpsichordist & Conductor (Official Website)
Chamber Philharmonic Taipei: The Conductor

Wilbur Lin Channel on YouTube

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