Lin Shuo Chun from Music Dept. Won 1st Prize of 2018 Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition
The 9th International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition was held in Cezch, Prague. Taiwanese musician again shines on the International stage. Taiwanese composer, age 22, not only received the 1st prize among junior but also For the best free composition among Junior and For the best Fuga.
At the age of five, Lin started piano lessons. At the age of seven, he started composing music. He was selected to participate in the Under Construction Program of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra at 14 years old, attending many rehearsals, performances and working with professional musicians. During his high school years in The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University and college years in NTNU, he learned composition from Prof. Chao Ching Wen. At age 20, his work was performed by Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
The competition is named after Antonín Dvořák, a composer who deeply impacted the development of 19th century music while seeking to globalize Nationalism music. His music which remained faithful to the principles and rules of music and sought to maintain the essence of melody and rhythm gave birth to the artistic works of great depth including symphonies, concertos, trios, quartets, etc., within genera of classical music.
The International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition inherits his philosophy and explores the world's youth composer. These young composers are sent to the Dvořák Foundation. After the first round of fierce competition, 11 people from the teen age group and 13 from the youth group entered the second round. They come from the United States, Britain, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Greece, Croatia, Israel, China, Singapore and the Czech Republic.
The finalists should attend the contest in Prague, Cezch, complete 2 pieces of music in 5 days according to the allocated theme, which is a considerable challenge. The composer has to manage to complete the work under the pressure of limited time. This is to test the impromptu composing ability of the contestant. Lin Shuo Chun from Music Department, who just graduated this year, won the 1st prize among Junior and there's no runner-up in this group.
Winning three prizes from an International competition, Lin appreciates the support from his family. He also thanks Prof. Chao Ching Wen, National Taiwan Normal Univerisity and The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University. He will keep working hard for creating more music for the world.