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Wilbur Lin (Conductor, Harpsichord, Piano)

Born: Taiwan

The Taiwanese conductor, harpsichordist, and pianist, Wilbur Lin, was born into a Christian family with a father active in amateur choral conducting. Wilbur began his musical education at the age of 5. 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 National Taiwan Normal University. 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 Vasily Petrenko, Jac van Steen, Mark Stringer, Paul McCreesh, Harold Farberman, Lawrence Golan, Myer Fredman, Alexander Briger, Helmuth Rilling, amongst others.

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.

Wilbur Lin 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 one of the first to be focussing on classical and Baroque repertoire in the greater Chinese-speaking region. He 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. He was also the conductor of the Republic of China Army Band from 2011 to 2012.

Wilbur Lin 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 is currently residing in Manchester, UK, where he is a master’s student at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. His recent highlights include assisting Andrew Manze with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Fusao Kajima with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, guest engagement with Ensemble ISCM-Taiwan, conducting Royal Northern College of Music orchestras, and directing Chamber Philharmonic Taipei’s Bach Series. He is also among the finalists at China Guiyang Symphony Orchestra’s assistant conductor call.

Source: Chamber Philharmonic Taipei Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2014)

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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