Biography

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Hong-Da Chin’s Biography

Originally from Kajang, Malaysia, Hong-Da Chin has won the 47th Annual BGSU Competitions, Young and Emerging Composer Award at NEOSonicFest, Dolce Suono Ensemble Young Composers Competition, and the 2014 PARMA Student Composers Competition (finalist).

Chin’s music has been performed and read by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (Poland), the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Bel Canto Trio, Karr and Mattingly Duo, Orlando Cela and read by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and Thelema Trio among others.  

Chin’s Two Broken Records, commissioned by Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo consists of Noa Even and Phil Pierick, was recently toured in Europe and the Middle East. Cities include Oldenberg and Berlin in Germany, Budapest in Hungary, Tel Aviv in Israel, Sibiu in Romania, Brno in Czech Republic, Vienna in Austria, and Strasbourg (17th World Saxophone Congress) in France.

Recent performances of Chin’s music include A Withering Sunflower with Uneven Legs for Chinese flute solo and 14 musicians at NEOSonicFest with Cleveland Chamber Symphony under the baton of Steven Smith on March 2016 and at the Café MoMus concert at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music under the baton of AikKhai Pung on October 2015, both featuring Chin as the solo Chinese flutist.  …the clock is ticking… for string quartet was performed at the 33rd Asian Composers League International Festival and Conference on 2015 in the Philippines. Chin’s folk opera The Mouse Deer and the Crocodile is currently being produced by the Thompson Street Opera Company at the Box Theatre at Stage 773.

In addition to his work as a composer he is a (Western) flutist and an accomplished Chinese flutist specializing in contemporary music. As a flutist, he has won the Denise Jennings Solo and Ensemble Competitions (Undergraduate Division), the Del Mar College Honors Recital Competition (twice) and the Texas Community College Band Directors’ Association All State Band Concerto Competition. As a Chinese flutist, he has performed at venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall (NYC), Alice Tully Hall (NYC), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington D.C.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Asia Society (NYC), the Phillips Collection (Washington D.C.), the Huntington Library (LA), the Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.), Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (Chicago), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Silesian Theatre (Katowice, Poland).

Chin earned his A.A from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi studying composition with Neil Flory, and flute with Joy Kairies, B.M. from the University of Houston studying composition with Rob Smith and flute with Jennifer Keeney, and M.M. from the University of Louisville studying composition with Steve Rouse and flute with Kathy Karr. He studied composition with Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn at Bowling Green State University. Chin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from BGSU in December 2017. For more information, visit hongdachin.wordpress.com. Chin will join the faculty at Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor in Music Theory/Composition starting in Fall 2018.  

Beyond his musical activities, Chin is an avid badminton player and he likes to memorize cards in his spare time. His best record of memorizing a deck of cards is 2 minutes and 4 seconds.

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Poem Recitation for dadi (big G-key Chinese bamboo flute) solo was premiered at Spoleto USA Festival in June 5th 2012 at Cathedral in Charleston and here is what Lindsay Koob, writer of Charleston Today has to say about it:

“…… Hong-Da Chin’s solo rendition of his own composition, Poem Recitation, in which his soulful dizi plays the role of the above-mentioned ancient poet reciting his own verses dealing with the grief of homesickness. It was remarkable how well his flute captured the sense of the poet’s imagined vocal narrative as well as the bitter sadness of his words.”

  Feng Yi Ting musicians shine in concert at Intermezzi IV by Lindsay Koob


 


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