Mitch Lin (林明學), born in 1989, is a Taiwanese young composer and film score composer. He currently serves as a lecturer at the Graduate Institute of Music, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. He graduated from the Film Scoring Master's program at New York University under the mentorship of renowned composer Paul Chihara and Irwin Fisch. Mitch Lin's musical journey began with classical piano during his childhood, but his interest in jazz piano, improvisation, and composition developed during high school. He drew inspiration from the works of Joe Hisaishi and John Williams, which motivated him to pursue formal music education. He pursued his studies in composition at the Taipei Municipal University of Education and later served in the Air Force Band after graduation. Following his military service, he was admitted to Taiwan Normal University's Composition Master's program but decided to further his studies abroad after a year.
In his music composition, Mitch Lin's creative energy is abundant, and he blends various musical aesthetics, including classical, jazz, world ethnic and contemporary elements. He excels in handling compositions for large orchestral ensembles, using real instrument sounds as his primary materials while occasionally incorporating electronic, pop, or experimental elements. His collaboration with directors and artists from around the world has led to his music being featured in various domestic and international events. Some of his notable works include the silver-winning documentary "Fairy Tales" at the Student Academy Awards, the Taipei Film Festival's Best Animation nominee "Grand Adventure Railroad," the Chicago Film Festival's animated finalist "Impurrfection," the Taiwanese box office hit "Your Love Song," the Golden Harvest Awards' Best Drama Short Film "One to Ten," the Lighthouse International Film Festival's Best Short Film "Head Above Water," the New York Short Film Festival's "Funk Force," the PTS Original Short Film "Pandora," and the teaser trailer for "Big Little Women." Mitch Lin has also ventured into multimedia projects, contributing music for Taiwanese VR artist Huang Hsin-Chien's performance program "Circus Galactica" (2018). In 2017, he was invited by Masta Killa, a member of the American East Coast rap group "Wu-Tang Clan," to design the intro and outro for one of his albums, infusing it with oriental elements. Furthermore, he has worked as a music designer for dance performances such as "Chance, Change and Challenge," produced by the KU & DANCERS, as well as large-scale original dance productions like "Tree of Life II - Breath of the Sea" and "Robots and Cats."
In terms of concert works, his orchestral composition "Bear" received recognition as a finalist in the 2015 New York University Film Scoring Competition and was performed in synchronization with visuals by the orchestra at Symphony Space in Manhattan. His symphonic suite "The Righteous Ones" for wind ensemble and traditional instruments has been performed multiple times in Taiwan and premiered in Singapore in 2016. Additionally, he has published a collection of original piano works titled "Scenery of Life", which combines poetry and music, and has been exclusively distributed by Kayacc Klavier at the National Concert Hall's music score store.
Apart from his work at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University's interdisciplinary program in music and art, Mitch Lin has been invited to teach film scoring at various music events, institutions and universities, including Taipei Music Design Festival, Kaohsiung Pop Music Center, Harvest Musician Production, DigiLog, DVasia, MIT Saxophone Ensemble, National Taiwan University, and National Taiwan Normal University. He regularly conducts film scoring workshops and also serves as the host of the podcast "Audiorgasm Matter," aiming to share his learning experiences in film scoring with more Taiwanese audiences.