Chin Cheng LinChin Cheng Lin
Taiwanese marimbist Chin Cheng Lin is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews he has received for both his live performances and recordings. As a result of Lin’s succession in marimba, he received a “ European Soloist Champion Award” in 2007, the “Culture Outstanding Award” by the Taipei Representative Office in Belgium and Europe for promoting the Taiwanese arts and an invitation to perform for the Belgian Royal Family. Frequently praised for his musical and technical mastery, Mr. Lin is also lauded for his imaginative and illuminating interpretations of the marimba repertoire. Centaur Records will release during 2012-13 several new albums including the recording of 6 cello suites of J.S. Bach and his own compositions.
Other European tours Mr. Lin will undertake includes: International Percussion Festival Ukmerge, International Percussion Ensemble Festival in Croatia, Ludwig Albert International Marimba Academy, Universal Marimba Festival, Santa Fe Marimba Festival and premier the Silk Road for two marimbas and symphony orchestra with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & a concertino “Angel & Demon” for 100 years celebration of Republic of China (Taiwan) at the National Fine Arts Center (Bozar), one hour master piece “Galaxy Suites” for one marimba and two percussions in Austria and a marimba music theater production - Tai Chi. As a chamber musician, Mr. Lin often plays with marimba Ludwig Albert and soprano Katrine Druyts. They have recorded two albums “The Wave” tribute to marimba pioneer Keiko Abe and “Ardor“ includes all beautiful Spanish & Mexican songs. In addition he was a member of Flanders Marimba Ensemble. During 2012-2013 he will participate as a duo partner with L.Albert for the world premiere and first recording of 3 new double Concerto’s for marimba & string-Orchestra (from C.C.Lin, L.Albert & E.Séjourné) in Belgium, Russia and Lithuania and the world première of Albert’s double concerto with Symphonic Orchestra at the National Centre for performing Arts in October 2012.
As a young composer, Mr. Lin has written more than 50 works for marimba such as Flying, Wind, April Sky, Kaleidoscope…etc. After the success of the concerto world premiere in Russia with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber orchestra, he has received two commissioning project for writing a new marimba concerto and a symphonic work. His works are published with Beurskens Music Edition, Bingbang Publication, Dhalmann Publication and C. Alan Publications. Also, Lin frequently works with several composers to create new music for him such as Michael Mc. Bride, John Thrower, Guillo Espel, Rich O’meara, Emmanuel Séjourné and Paul Lansky.
Born in 1984, Taipei, Mr. Lin is known as the first marimba student at the renowned Royal Conservatoire Antwerp with Prof. Ludwig Albert, where he graduated master degree with the greatest distinctions. After winning numerous prizes at international music competitions in solo, chamber music, contemporary music, concerto and compositions, Lin released his first solo album Silk Road and presented marimba concerts in more than 25 countries. Mr. Lin enrolls currently for specialization in percussion theater performance with Prof. Igor Lesnik at the Zagreb Music Academy, and he is approaching the Doctor in Performing Arts at the University Antwerp. Nowadays, Mr. Lin is an endorser of Adams marimba and his signature mallets is produced by Resta mallets. He’s a faculty member of the marimba department at the Artesis University College of Antwerp Royal Conservatoire, the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, marimba teacher at MUDA art high school in Gent and percussion teacher at the municipal music academy in Bornem.