Lyrical composer Pin Hsin Lin (林品妡) tells stories through her music


Her composition Enchanting Shadow for piano trio won the 2006 first prize at the premiere national competition for composers, the Centrum Chamber Music Composer’s Competition in Washington State, and Ms. Lin herself was featured in the Festival’s Experience Magazine Spring 2007 issue. This haunting yet dynamic piece, which tells the tale of a Chinese ghost story was so significant, it was played at the Festival’s benefit dinner, and featured in a master class with John Corigliano at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


She presented Enchanting Shadow and other new works at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and gave a lecture regarding the composition analysis at the Aspen Composers’ Conference in summer 2010. Recently, Ms. Lin shared her new music and her compositional analysis at Athena Festival in Kentucky, University of Central Missouri “Old and New” Music Festival in Missouri, and Sound Exchange at National Taiwan Normal University Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2011, Her new composition, Memories of Autumn (2010), is awarded as Honorable Mention by Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute.


Ms. Lin’s interests in composition also extend into experimental and collaborative works. In 2008 she composed Conceptual View of Complexity, in cooperation with dancers and computer scientists. This work, where the artist juxtaposed several layers of sonorities, was designed to help the physically disabled safely regain strength. This project culminated in a performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts titled Tele-immersive Environments for Everybody (TEEVE). Dancers worked in a 3-D virtual reality to her composition—their movements were recorded on a video for patients. In the same year, Ms. Lin was selected to participate in the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney, Scotland where her melodic piece Soaring Journey, inspired by Emily Dickinson’s “Hope Is Something With Feathers, premiered. Her visit to the English countryside during the St. Magnus Festival resulted in her next piece Orkney Sunrise, premiered by the Trio Capriccio in 2009 at the Oro Valley United Church in Arizona.


In 2006, Ms. Lin’s imaginative and lyrical orchestral work Our Chance Meeting, based on a poem of the same name by Chinese poet Chi-Mo Hsu, was performed by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra at Friedberg Concert Hall in Baltimore. In 2007, the chamber ensemble version of Our Chance Meeting was performed at the Bard Music Festival in New York.


Ms. Lin grew up in Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan. She studied composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Peabody Institute, and Roosevelt University. Her music has been performed in Terre Haute (IN), West Virginia, West Chester (PA), Ann Arbor, England, Tucson (AZ), Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Washington State, Brunswick (ME), and Champaign-Urbana.


In spring of 2012, Ms. Lin’s newest orchestral work, Symphony No. 3, is selected to participate in American Composers Orchestra’s 21st Annual Underwood New Music reading, to be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York. In addition, the contemporary music ensemble, Turks Head Knot, in their concert tour, will premiere Ms. Lin’s Still Motion Rolling Cycle, featuring Horn Professor Adam Unsworth. The University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Professor William Moersch, will premiere her Dancing Ocean. Also, the Horn Professor Brian Kilp presents her Sonata No. 1 at the Indiana State University.


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