Principal Horn, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Lin Jiang is widely considered to be one of the most gifted horn players of his generation. Born in Shanghai in 1986, he moved with his family to Australia at the age of five and began playing the horn at the age of ten. He continued his studies at Scotch College in Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts, and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music degree with honours.
Being one of Australia’s most sought after horn soloists, he has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. In addition, he has toured China (2006) and Japan (2007) as a soloist.
Major prizes include the Barry Tuckwell Brass Prize from the 2004 Melbourne International Festival of Brass, and sponsorship from Yamaha Australia as part of the Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble. Lin has won prizes in international horn competitions and was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship Program as well as a semi-finalist in the ARD music competition Munich.
At the age of twenty-one he won the principal horn position of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, making him the youngest person to have ever won a principal position in the history of the orchestra. Since then he has accepted the principal horn position of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and has performed extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region with orchestras that include the Australian Chamber, the Melbourne Symphony and the Asia Philharmonic. He has worked with renowned conductors including Riccardo Muti, Fabio Luisi and Myung-Whun Chung.