Biography

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, guest conducting El Salvador's National Youth Orchestra, and the conclusion of Chamber Philharmonic Taipei's 7th concert in its Bach Cantata Series. 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. He is currently the Artistic Director of Chamber Philharmonic Taipei and Wabash Valley Youth Symphony, and choir director and organist at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Indianapolis.

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With his 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 with active annual summer seasons funded by both the Arts Council of Taipei and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.

Briefly holding assistant conductor positions at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Taiwan Symphony orchestras, he worked closely with conductors Andrew Manze and Fusau Kajima. Wilbur’s conducting engagements have taken him to prominent international stages including National Concert Hall of Taipei, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, and the British Museum in London, Manchester’s BBC MediaCityUK studios, among others. Wilbur regularly works with Chamber Philharmonic Taipei and has also conducted the Manchester Camerata, MAV Symphony (Budapest), Taipei Philharmonic, Taiwan Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Cadaques (Spain), Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Guiyang Symphony (China), Missouri Symphony, and Windsor Symphony (Canada) orchestras. As a pianist, Wilbur coached and performed with the Indianapolis Opera, IU Opera Theater, and Reinventing Opera for Kids, in addition to his freelance work as a vocal/opera coach and collaborator.

Wilbur has studied with Arthur Fagen and David Effron at IU, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at RNCM, and Apo Hsu at National Taiwan Normal University. He has also received conducting coaching with, notably, Riccardo Muti, Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Juanjo Mena, Jac van Steen, Mark Stringer, Paul McCreesh, and Helmuth Rilling.