Ching-Mei LIN

Ching-Mei Lin is a Taiwanese-born composer and pianist. In her music Lin incorporates innovative and international techniques, combining small-scale dissonances with large-scale consonant structures and pentatonic modality within a chromatic pitch language. She has composed for soloists and ensembles in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Her works have been performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Earshot New Music Reading, the National Association of Composers/USA National Conference, Society of Composers Conference, the Midwest Composers Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the Asian Double Reed Association Conference, the ISCM-Taiwan concert series and at the Asian Composers League Festival. Her works have been performed by such ensembles as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taiwan Philharmonic, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the YinQi Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music Symphony Orchestra, National Taipei University of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Ossia New Music Ensemble, Ju Percussion Group, the ProArt Ensemble and the Kaohsiung Chamber Chorus among others.


Lin was the sole recipient of the String Quartet award at the Emerging Composers Competition in 2009, and has received numerous other distinctions including an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, 1 st Prize at the NACUSA Young Composers Competition, Honorable Mention for the Libby Larsen Prize by the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Government Literary and Artistic Creation Award in Taiwan and 3rd place in the Sun River Prize in China. As the overall prizewinner in the 2008 New Music on the Block competition sponsored by Block M Records, her “Fantasy for Alto Saxophone and Marimba” is available online at iTunes.


Upon graduation from the National Taiwan Normal University, Ms. Lin was awarded a government scholarship to study abroad. She holds a Masters of Music degree in Composition from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Her composition teachers include William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, David Liptak, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Gordon Shi-Wen Chin and Chin-Yow Lin. Lin is also an active pianist, improviser and collaborator. She has composed and performed film music for two Taiwanese documentaries. She is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan.


Ching-Mei LIN × Tabernacle Women's Choir

2018 Commissioned Work Lin Jiang Xian from A Dream of the Red Chamber-The Five Poems of Catkins