金希文生於台灣中部小鎮斗六,中學期間則是在日本接受教育,大學就讀美國Biola University,並在該校獲取鋼琴與作曲雙學位。之後則在Eastman School of Music攻讀作曲、鋼琴、指揮,取得該校作曲博士。從1991年開始擔任音契合唱管絃樂團的指揮,並在1996年起開始擔任該團的音樂總監,目前任教於國立師範大學及東吳大學。

金希文的作品多次在美國[PBS, KFAC]、加拿大[CBC]、Argentina CAMN、Czech Radio等電台播出。1997年二月洛杉磯時報樂評 Timothy Mangan在評論金希文的第三號交響曲【臺灣】時,說:「作曲家在現代西方大型管弦樂戲劇性的表現手法上,是位有自信的大師。」1997年11月Dallas Morning News樂評John Ardoin在評論金希文的【Phantasy for Violin and Piano】時說:「那是一首強烈的,充滿自信的曲子,手法上雖然是奔馳在無調性上,在溝通他的樂思上卻沒有困難。」1998年4月 The Boston Globe樂評Richard Buell評論中也說:『出生台灣的金希文,他所譜給小提琴和鋼琴的幻想曲,運航在高昂的情感和技巧上』。2001年4月The San Diego Tribute樂評Valerie Scher在聽過【福爾摩沙四季】世界首演後評論中說:『金希文明顯的擁有令人讚賞的天份,並看漲的聲譽』,並認為該作品『融合了犀利的活力與有自信的絃樂音響駕馭能力』。

金希文2001年的音樂活動除了指揮音契合唱管絃樂團音樂會之外,2月21日由打擊樂家連雅文在於國家音樂廳發表擊樂協奏曲【曠野呼聲】;小提琴家林昭亮於二月份在紐約林肯中心演出小提琴曲【Phantasy】;四月份林昭亮與聖地牙哥交響樂團及該團藝術總監Jung Ho Pak,連續三天演出給小提琴與絃樂團的協奏曲【福爾摩沙四季】;六月中於台北林昭亮、林望傑及國家交響樂團將首演小提琴協奏曲第一號。另外,五月份在羅馬尼亞、匈牙利等地發表交響詩【夸父逐日】;9月8、9日將指揮日本Yuodia交響樂團在東京及橫濱演出,同時發表單簧管協奏曲。10月份將指揮音契合唱管絃樂團於國家戲劇院演出新作【夢見一座橋】。金希文在2002年將在國外陸續發表委託創作的第二號鋼琴協奏曲及給小提琴與大提琴的雙協奏曲。

經常受國內外知名音樂家及音樂團體委託創作,作品在世界各地普遍地被演出,同時也受邀客席指揮。例如2006年,美國聖地牙哥交響樂團首演三場作品《給小提琴、大提琴之雙協奏曲(Double Concerto For Violin, Cello and Orchestra)》,由林昭亮和Felix Fan擔任獨奏,Jahja Ling指揮,並由堪薩斯市立交響樂團再度演出三場。4月金希文將指揮音契管絃樂團、實驗合唱團參與新古典舞蹈團於國家戲劇院演出「Carmina Burana」。他的小提琴協奏曲《福爾摩沙的四季》,將分別由堪薩斯市立交響樂團、台北愛樂交響樂團,及小提琴家林昭亮等演出。預定在歐美多次演出小提琴協奏曲《福爾摩沙的四季》。8月份紐約Sejong Soloists預定在韓國Great Mountain Music Festival中演出給人聲與絃樂團的《夏日勁草》。9月份應邀在東京指揮Euodia合唱管絃樂團演出該團創團15週年音樂會,並發表新作。中正文化中心將在11月16日及12月3日於國家音樂廳推出兩場「金希文樂展」音樂會。

美國Naxos唱片公司預定在2006年出版金希文專輯,內容包括給小提琴與大提琴的雙協奏曲、小提琴協奏曲《福爾摩沙的四季》。由林昭亮擔任小提琴獨奏、Felix Fan擔任大提琴、Michael Stern擔任指揮。


Biography of Gordon Chin

Gordon Chin, born 1957 in Taiwan, is one of the most active composers in his native country. His extensive catalog of compositions includes four symphonies, a cantata, violin concerto, piano concerto, numerous choral works, chamber works, five percussion quartets, and works for solo instruments. Chin, who has a DMA degree from Eastman School of Music while studying with Samuel Adler and Christopher Rouse, currently serves as the music director of Yin-Qi Chorus and Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, and he is a faculty member of Taiwan National Normal University.

   Chin's works have been performed world wide by ensembles such as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Asia Pacific Orchestra in Los Angeles, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Yuodia Chorus and Orchestra in Tokyo, Ensemble 2e2m of France, Amadinda Percussion Group of Hungary, among others.

Timothy Mangan of the Los Angeles Times describes Gordon Chin as "a confident master of the Western modernistic large orchestral idiom." A review from the Dallas Morning News by John Ardoin praises Mr. Chin's Phantasy for violin and piano as "a strong, assured piece of writing that flirted with atonality but had no trouble in communicating its ideas to an audience with skill and poise." Valerie Scher, the music critic from the San Diego Tribute, after hearing Formosa Seasons, described Chin as "clearly an impressive talent with a rising reputation", and the work is "combined edgy vitality with confident handling of string sonorities"

In the current season, violinist Cho-Liang Lin will premiere two violin works by Chin. One work, "Formosa Seasons," will be performed with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra under its music director Jung-Ho Pak. The other work, his first violin concerto, will be presented with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Jahja Ling. Both of these works are commissioned for Mr. Lin. Other new works by Mr. Chin include a percussion concerto as well as a clarinet concerto. The premiere of these works will take place in Taiwan and Japan this season with Mr. Chin as conductor.