Principal Horn – Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Former Principal Horn – Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne; Victorian College of the Arts
Principal Horn of the HK Phil, Lin Jiang was born in Shanghai in 1986. He moved to Australia at the age of five and began playing the horn at the age of ten. As one of Australia’s most sought-after horn soloists, he has performed solos with the Melbourne, Tasmania and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra.
Lin has won prizes in international competitions and was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship Programme. In 2008, at the age of 21, he won the Principal Horn position of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, making him the youngest principal in the history of the orchestra. In 2013 he was appointed to the Principal Horn position of the HK Phil. As a guest principal, he has played with top orchestras around the world that include the Australian Chamber, Australian World, Sydney, Melbourne, Seoul, Vienna, Asian Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony orchestras.
He has worked with renowned conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Jaap van Zweden. As an avid pedagogue, Lin holds guest faculty positions at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist and Chinese Universities. He previously taught at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and frequently gives masterclasses around the world at various music festivals and tertiary institutions.
Lin has released a CD of the Mozart Horn Concertos with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Barry Tuckwell and a CD of solo works under the Melba Recordings label, both to critical acclaim.
Last updated 2023