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Wenchen Qin (b. 1966) is a composer and teacher in Beijing, where he is a professor of composition at the Central Conservatory of Music, and a distinguished professor at the China Conservatory of Music.

Qin was born in 1966 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and became familiar with the folk music of his home while still very young. In 1987 he went to study composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where his tutors included Jian-er Zhu (b. 1922) and Shuya Xu (b. 1961). He joined the staff of the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 1992 and, between 1998 and 2001, studied with Nicolaus A. Huber in Essen, Germany, thanks to the sponsorship of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

Qin is one of China’s most influential composers, and has written commissions for many international music organisations, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Beethovenfest Bonn, and the Warsaw Autumn, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Shanghai Spring International Music Festivals. His works have been widely performed by more than seventy well-known musical groups in China and further afield, including Ensemble Intercontemporain and L’Itinéraire in France, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and ensemble recherche in Germany, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Europeo Antidogma in Italy, the Tokyo City Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Nieuw Ensemble Holland, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea (CMEK), and Sinfonia Varsovia in Poland. His music has been broadcast on major radio stations in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland, including North German Radio (NDR), West German Radio (WDR), Radio France, Swiss Radio, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and ORFRadio Wien.

Qin is the recipient of seven awards at international composition competitions in Germany, the USA, Japan and Taiwan. His major compositions include Yin Ji (2001) and Pilgrimage in May (2004) for orchestra; Nature’s Dialogue (2010) for tape and orchestra; the suona concerto Calling for Phoenix (1996), the violin concerto The Border of the Mountains (2012), Echo from the Other Shore (2015) for guzheng and orchestra, and chamber music works including Lonely Song (1990/2015), He-Yi (1998/1999), Huai Sha (1999), Five Songs on the Horizon (2005), The Sun Shadow (1987–) series and the Sounds that Awake Memories (2006–) series, as well as his second string quartet Wind Lament (2013) and Towards a Far Place, 30 pieces of chamber music for Chinese instruments (2010/2011). His music is published exclusively by Sikorski Musikverlag, Hamburg.

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