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Our Music Director

Wilbur Lin

Music Director Designate

Known for his creative programming and inviting stage presence, Wilbur Lin’s career has taken him to orchestra halls and opera theaters across the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Taiwan. Recently appointed Music Director Designate of the Missouri Symphony (MOSY), Lin’s 2022/23 season includes a number of engagements with MOSY, a subscription debut with the Oak Ridge Symphony, and a return to Indiana’s Richmond Symphony. His other recent highlights include his debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, opening its 2021/22 season, and guest appearances with the Indianapolis Chamber, LaPorte Symphony, and Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Academy orchestras.

In 2008, the Taiwanese-American conductor founded the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei (CPT). With a humble origin, formed mainly by conservatory students, the orchestra fully professionalized in 2013. Reflecting Lin’s expertise and musical passion, the CPT is known for being an extremely responsive and performance-practice-conscious orchestra, which focuses its programming on both early and contemporary music. The orchestra brings together musicians from around the world to perform during the summer. Over the years, CPT consisted of many members of major international orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Deutsche Oper, Lübeck Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic, and Jacksonville Symphony orchestras. Additionally, Wilbur recently finished his tenure as assistant conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2019-2022), in addition to his position with the MOSY, Lin also assumes the assistant professorship as conductor of the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic and Opera Theatre in Fall, 2022.
Lin regularly works with the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei and, in recent years, has conducted the Manchester Camerata, Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil (El Salvador), Taipei Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber, Liverpool Mozart, Academy Orchestra of Taiwan Symphony, Richmond Symphony (IN), Missouri Symphony, and LaPorte Symphony orchestras. Lin has also cover conducted the Taiwan Symphony, Minnesota, and Cincinnati Ballet orchestras.

A graduate of Riccardo Muti's Italian Opera Academy, Lin’s operatic endeavors include conducting Verdi’s Macbeth at Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna, Italy), Die Zauberflöte with the Winter Harbor Music Festival (Winter Harbor, Maine), and has coached and performed as a pianist with the Indianapolis Opera, IU Opera Theater, Reimagining Opera for Kids, and the Cincinnati Ballet. In summer, 2022, Lin will return to Winter Harbor Music Festival for a production of Barber of Seville and lead a new workshop production of Robeson by Scott Davenport Richards at the Cincinnati Opera.

Lin held the position of Taiwan Symphony Orchestra International Talent Fellow (2019-2021), Weiwuyin Opera (Taiwan) Conducting Fellow (2019-2020), Lord Rhodes Scholar (2013-2014), was a two-time recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), and holds a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Lin has studied with Arthur Fagen and David Effron at Jacobs, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the RNCM, and Apo Hsu at the National Taiwan Normal University. He has also received conducting coaching with, notably, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Riccardo Muti, Sir Mark Elder, Helmuth Rilling, and has assisted Louis Langrée, James Gaffigan, and John Morris Russell, among others.

Learn more about Wilbur by visiting his website.

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