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
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
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.