Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Brian Chin (Seattle) is a Yamaha Artist, international soloist, advocate for social consciousness through music, and the Founding Director of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit organization inspiring positive change through arts education and music. Brian is also an active composer and improviser and performs with the contemporary chamber music ensemble TORCH. He appears regularly with the Seattle Symphony and is the retired Principal Trumpet of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Brian is reimagining higher-education music education as the Chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific University. His new-music solo recordings Eventide and Universal Language are available on Origin Classical.

Brian received 2017 GAP Award funding to write LUX, a 30' multi-movement work intended for dance inspired by the spectrum of light. The innovative ensemble, TORCH, will perform this new score together with a modern dance company.

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From the Artist

I believe music is the true universal language. To clarify, I believe that acts of deliberate creation have the power to bring people together, heal brokenness and suffering, and provide a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. I have been determined most of my life to do only two things: be a good person and become the best musician I can be. The older I get, the more it seems that these pursuits are intertwined. The act of creating in music is a socially progressive art form that finds common ground among people. I have been fortunate to have a performing career and more recently, as a composer. This funding allows for growth as a composer, additive to the creative process that has always motivated me. With an extensive resume as a performer, this grant for composition allows for continued growth as an artist within the Seattle community.

Brian Chin