Wilbur Lin is a Taiwanese-American conductor and pianist currently based in Indiana. His recent highlights include guest conducting El Salvador's National Youth Orchestra, performances at Indiana University (IU), and the conclusion of Chamber Philharmonic Taipei's 7th concert in its Bach Cantata Series. Wilbur has held the position of Lord Rhode’s Scholar from 2013-2014, was the recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in 2013 and 2014 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), and is currently obtaining his doctoral candidacy at IU Jacobs School of Music. He is currently the Artistic Director of Chamber Philharmonic Taipei and Wabash Valley Youth Orchestra, and choir director and organist at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Indianapolis.
Born into a Christian family with a father active in amateur choral conducting, Wilbur began his musical education at the age of five. he 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 funded by both the Arts Council of Taipei and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture and is one of the first to be focusing on early classical and Baroque repertoire in the greater Chinese-speaking region.
In 2011, Wilbur made his professional debut by conducting the ISCM ensemble in their annual new music event and assisting Fusao Kajima with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in their Sun Moon Lake Music Festival Series. Whilst undertaking his term of military service in 2011-2012, he regularly conducted Taiwanese Army Band. Wilbur has also assisted Andrew Manze with his residency at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2013.
Wilbur’s conducting engagements have taken him to international stages including Taipei’s National Concert Hall and Zhongshan Hall, Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Manchester’s MediaCityUK studios, amongst others. Wilbur regularly works with Chamber Philharmonic Taipei, and has also worked with Manchester Camerata, MAV Symphony Orchestra of Budapest, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Cadaques Orchestra in Spain, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and China’s Guiyang Symphony Orchestra.
Wilbur has studied with Arthur Fagen and David Effron at IU, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at RNCM, and Apo Hsu at NTNU. He has also received conducting coaching with, notably, Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Juanjo Mena, Jac van Steen, Mark Stringer, Paul McCreesh, Helmuth Rilling, amongst others.