Alumnus Wilbur Lin to be New Assistant Conductor at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Wilbur Lin, an alumnus of NTNU, is selected as the assistant conductor among hundreds of applicants at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. According to Lin, this is his first official contract in the states which last for a year and will start this fall. Before, he gave lessons occasionally. It's an exciting opportunity for him to join a professional orchestra. Lin will be responsible for the education program and tour of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Youth orchestra.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its primary concert venue is Music Hall. In addition to its symphony concerts, the orchestra gives 'pops' concerts as the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Cincinnati Symphony is the resident orchestra for the Cincinnati May Festival, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Cincinnati Ballet.
Lin says that he is experienced in conducting youth orchestra and this could be one of the reasons why he got the offer. The goal of leading a youth orchestra, is to read between the lines and think outside of the box. Lin thinks that one of the benefits of learning music is Independent thinking, which is very helpful in various aspects.
A recent graduate of Riccardo Muti's Italian Opera Academy, Wilbur Lin's recent highlights include conducting Verdi’s Macbeth at Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna, Italy), a Zauberflöte production with the Winter Harbor Festival & Opera (Winter Harbor, ME), an appearance with Canada's Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and guest conducting El Salvador's National Youth Orchestra. Wilbur had held the position of Lord Rhode’s Scholar from 2013-2014, was a two-time recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), and is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at IU Jacobs School of Music.
Wilbur founded his own orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei, in 2008. Started as a student orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei is now a professional chamber orchestra with active annual summer seasons funded by both the Arts Council of Taipei and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.