Chia-Hsuan Lin

Hailed by the Virginia Gazette as “a rock solid” and “animated” conductor, Chia-Hsuan Lin delights audiences throughout the world with her trademark energy and command. Formerly the Assistant Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, she is in her fifth year as Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and was recently named the Interim Music Director of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland. Lin enjoys frequent guest appearances around the world. She made her Minnesota Orchestra debut in 2020, and has also led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Williamsburg Symphony, Richmond Ballet, and Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra. In praise of her Brahms Fourth Symphony with RSO, Clarke Bustard wrote, “I’ve never heard a more compelling live performance than this one.” (Letter V) With a streak for innovation stemming from her work as a former member of the Taipei Percussion Group, Lin has premiered new works by Stephen Prutsman and Laura Schwendinger, and has also been a featured guest with Classical Revolution RVA, bringing classical music to unconventional settings. Lin is a trained percussionist and holds a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University.