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Chen (Tony) Lin

Composer, Performer

Born: 1988


Born in China, New Zealand pianist and composer Tony Chen Lin has appeared in concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, France, Spain, Singapore, China and New Zealand. He has performed regularly as young artist at the Semaine Internationale Piano & Musique de Chambre festival in Switzerland. In 2016 he made his debut in the festival as conductor. In 2015 Tony appeared as soloist with the Stuttgart State Orchestra as part of the “Rising Stars!” Festival. Recent highlights include performances of Bartók’s First Piano Concerto, and a ten-centre solo New Zealand tour with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2016. As a composer, Tony has had works played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Youth Orchestra.

Tony’s first encounter with music came at the age of twelve with keyboard lessons, before advancing to piano a year later with Rosemary Stott. At fourteen, Tony made his concerto debut after winning the Christchurch Junior Concerto Competition in 2002.

Tony won first prize at the Fortieth New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 2007, second prize and the “Best Classical Sonata Performance Award” at the 2008 Kerikeri International Piano Competition, and second at the 2011 Lepthien Piano Competition in Freiburg, Germany. He is a four-time recipient of the Lilburn Trust Student Composition Award (2006–2009) as well as the 2007 NZSO Todd Young Composer Award.

Further awards include the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award, Christchurch “Young Musician of the Year”, Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship, Leslie Atkinson Prize in Music, Farina Thompson Charitable Trust Music Scholarship, Anne Reid Memorial Scholarship, Michael Toovey Prize, The Kiwi Scholarship, Keith Laugesen Music Scholarship and the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Prize.

Tony completed his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2009 at the University of Canterbury, in piano performance with Péter Nagy, Gao Ping and Judith Clark; composition with Chris Cree Brown, Elaine Dobson and Gao Ping. After a year of study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, Tony moved to Europe and in 2013 completed his Master of Music under Gilead Mishory at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany. As part of his graduation concerts, Tony formed his own chamber orchestra to perform as well as conduct a Mozart Piano Concerto from the piano. Tony recently graduated from his Soloist Diploma (Konzertexamen) with distinction, studying with Andreas Immer in Freiburg, while also taking part-time studies with Balázs Szokolay at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Over the past years, Tony has benefited immensely from the guidance and mentorship of the Chilean pianist Edith Fischer.

Tony received further inspiration at numerous masterclasses (including the Lucerne Festival, Emil Gilels Foundation Festival, Cohilia International Arts Festival) with world- renowned pianists and pedagogues such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Ferenc Rados, Leon Fleisher, Andrzej Jasiński, Jorge Pepi-Alos, Dmitri Bashkirov, Robert Levin, Lilya Zilberstein and Jean-Marc Luisada.

In 2017 Tony will be performing and teaching at the festival Semaine Internationale Piano & Musique de Chambre in Blonay, Switzerland.

Composed (11)


for piano, 4m

Elusive Voices

for piano, 4m

Gumboot Waltz

for orchestra, 5m 50s


for piano, 3m 10s

In Conversation (with two composers)

for horn and violin, 9m

In veils concealed...

for piano, 5m


for violin duo, 9m 30s


for piano, 5m

Requiem for a Bird

for orchestra, 8m

Scherzo for D.S

for violin, cello and piano, 5m 26s

Summer Reverie: "Elves and Fairies"

for two sopranos and piano, 2m 30s

Resources (1)

Performances (1)

Chamber Music New Zealand | Tony Chen Lin

__Tony Chen Lin__ | piano ___ __PROGRAMME:__ __MOZART__ | Fantasy and Sonata in C Mino...