(b. 1982) Recent works by Chin draw inspiration from the narratives of film and literature, phonetic structures in text, and the use of idiosyncratic transcription methods that enable imaginative exploration of pre-existent musical sources.
His music has been performed in South, Central and North America, in Israel, Asia and in Europe. He has been commissioned to compose works for Ensemble Recherche, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), members of the Anubis Quartet, the MAVerick Ensemble, the Latino Music Festival of Chicago and Ensemble Dal Niente, among others. His music has also been performed by artists including Ostravská Banda, Donatienne Michel-Dansaq, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, Marino Formenti, Claire Chase, Eric Lamb, Gan Lev and Marcuss Weiss. He has been awarded the Cacavas Award, William T. Faricy Award, and William Karlins Award, all prizes from Northwestern University, where he earned a doctoral degree in composition. There he has studied with Hans Thomalla, Jay Alan Yim, and Aaron Cassidy. Previous instructors include Alejandro Cardona in his native Costa Rica, and Orlando García in Miami. In master classes he has worked with Richard Barrett, Oliver Knussen, Chaya Czernowin, and Kaija Saariaho among others. He has attended prestigious international festivals of new music, including the 45th and 46th Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Ostrava Days 2009, and Centre Acanthes 2011. Currently Chin is instructor of theory, aural skills and composition at Saint Xavier University, and is co-founder and artistic director of the Fonema Consort. In May Chin will be publishing his first produced album with the New Focus Recordings Label.
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