Lin, Wei-Chen

International Percussionist

Wei-Chen is a respected marimba performer, and chamber, contemporary, and orchestral musician. Wei-Chen’s recent marimba repertoire includes music of J.S. Bach, Camille Saint-Saens, Francesco Tárrega, and Lyle Mays. Wei-Chen is currently a member of board committee of Taiwan Percussion Association, and a member of Keyboard Committee of Percussive Arts Society. Currently, Wei-Chen serves as a percussionist of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Wei-Chen received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Taipei National University of Arts. He moved to the United States in 2006. He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. In 2016, Wei-Chen received the Artist Diploma degree as a marimba major at The Boston Conservatory under the guidance of world-famous marimbist Nancy Zeltsman.

Wei-Chen won First Prize at the 2008 Classical Marimba League International Marimba Artist Competition, and First Prize at the 2007 PAS International Percussion Competition in Fermo, Italy. Other awards include: the Laureate of The First Classical Music International Internet-Festival 2013 in Moscow Russia, the winner of 2013 Taiwan NTCH Young Star Series, Silver Medal of 2012 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Concerto Competition, Third Prize of 2012 Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Second Prize of the 2007 PASIC Marimba Solo Competition, and the winner of 2007 Boston University Soloists’ Competition. Wei-Chen received the Boston University Honors Award two times in 2008 and 2013. In 2014, Wei-Chen was awarded the lifelong membership of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lumbda.

As an active soloist, Wei-Chen has appeared as concerto soloist with the Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band, The Concord Band, Tainan Symphonic Band, and with Boston University Symphony Orchestra. Wei-Chen has given concerts and masterclass in Taiwan, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Peru, Russia, and United States. Wei-Chen was also a jury member of the Taiwan Marimba Competition (2009, 2011), Taipei World Percussion Championship (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), 2015 Australian Marimba Competition, and 2016 Taiwan Percussion Association Percussion Competition.

As a chamber and orchestral player, Wei-Chen was a member of Taipei Percussion from 2002 to 2006, performing more than 200 concerts throughout Taiwan and Asia. His orchestral appearances include concerts with the Taiwan Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, and The Macao Orchestra. He received a Tanglewood Music Center fellowship in 2008. Wei-Chen has played orchestral and concerto performances under the baton of Yu Long, James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Bernard Haitink, Oliver Knussen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, André Previn, Ward Stare, Daniel Hege, Wingheng Pak, and Yiu-Kwong Chung. From 2010 to 2011, Wei-Chen served as the first Timpanist of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in the Orchestra's 70-year orchestra history.

Wei-Chen is honored to be an endorser and artist of Marimba One, Grover Pro Percussion, and Mike Balter Mallets.