Chia Ying Lin, RPS Composer 2018

Chia-Ying Lin

RPS Composition Prizewinner 2018 | Philharmonia Composers' Academy

Chia-Ying Lin (b. 1990) is a composer from Taiwan. Her works have since 2015 earned international recognition, including a third prize at the First International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition (FI), a first prize at the International Composition Competition Piero Farulli (IT), a second prize at the International Composition Competition Michele Novaro (IT), and a first prize at William Howard’s Love Song Composing Competition. In 2017 she won a commission prize from Goethe-Institut Korea, and her consequent commission, Viaggio della Seta, was premiered at Tongyeong International Music Festival as part of “Asian Composers Showcase”. In 2018 she won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.

Chia-Ying’s works have been performed in Taiwan, the UK, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Greece and South Korea by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra as well as various ensembles and soloists, including Ensemble TIMF, Classikan Ensemble, Psappha Ensemble, Vaganza Ensemble, Quartetto Maurice and Quatuor Béla, at festivals such as Taiwan International Music Festival, Taipei International New Music Festival, National Theater & Concert Hall’s “Innovation Series” (TW), Leamington Music Festival Weekend, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, ‘PlayIt!’ Festival (Florence), Musiche in Mostra (IT), Mänttä Music Festival (FI), Festival Archipel (Geneva), Tongyeong International Music Festival, Asia Culture Center Contemporary Arts Festival (KR) in venues including Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, Teatro Verdi (Florence), Hämeenlinna Town Hall (FI), Serlachius-museo Gösta (FI), Budapest Music Center, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Senate House, Hoxton Hall, Djanogly Recital Hall, Grypario Cultural Center (GR), Tongyeong Concert Hall, and Asia Culture Center (KR).

Described as having “manifest flair” (The Sunday Times), Chia-Ying’s ‘Chanson Perpétuelle’ for piano was recorded and released by Orchid Classics in June 2018, while her ‘Occultra’ for orchestra by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Her ‘String Quartet’ was published by Ricordi Milan. Chia-Ying’s music has been broadcast on Yle (FI), Rai Radio 3 (IT), Tilos Radio (HU) and Bravo Radio (TW), and has been mentioned in international publications and media, including The Sunday Times, Nottingham Post, Hufvudstadsbladet, Keskisuomalainen, La Repubblica, La Nazione, Corriere della Sera, Il Corriere Musicale, Central News Agency (TW) amongst others.

Chia-Ying studied composition with Tsung-Hsien Yang during her undergraduate degree at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and with Philip Grange for her Masters at the University of Manchester where she graduated with Distinction in 2013. Supported by the Taiwanese government, she is currently completing her study (Biennio) at Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome with Matteo D’Amico. In 2017 Chia-Ying completed a six-month mentorship programme at the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in Budapest with the generous support of the Taiwan Music Institute. September 2017 saw the premiere of her short opera ‘Under the Moonlight’ at Budapest Music Center.