GORDON SHI-WEN CHIN (b 1957 )
Born in Taiwan in 1957, Gordon Chin is among the most active composers in his native country, with a wide range of orchestral and choral works, chamber music, and works for solo instruments. He was a pupil of Samuel Adler and Christopher Rouse at the Eastman School of Music.
Based on his own autobiographical poems, Chin’s Formosa Seasons was written for the violinist Lin Cho-Liang, to be played in a programme with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The Double Concerto for violin and cello is based on ideas expressed in the four movement titles: ‘Drifting Shadow’, ‘A Flowering Sacrifice’, ‘In Expectation’ and ‘Yearning: A Sweet Torture’.