Chen Lin is a conductor, professor, and currently the chair of the Conducting Department at the Central Conservatory of Music in China. She entered the Central Conservatory of Music where she studied conducting under Yu Feng in 1996. In 2004, Chen Lin was appointed professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, after obtaining her master’s degree in conducting. In 2005, she was appointed assistant professor of conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and Music Director of CCM Concert Orchestra.
Chen Lin was a finalist in the Besançon International Conductors’ Competition in 1999, 2001, and 2003. In 2007, she won the second prize of the 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. She made her debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival in the United States in 2000, at the recommendation of Seiji Ozawa.
Since 2003, Chen Lin has been participating in Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku as an associate conductor for opera performances and toured with the academy in China in 2005. In 2006, she appeared in the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia and a few other concerts. In 2011, she stepped in for Seiji Ozawa for a concert at the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing.
Chen Lin conducted the China National Opera House premiere of Die Fledermaus in 2011 and made her debut with the Saito Kinen Orchestra debut of hers in 2013. In 2015, Chen Lin was invited by China National Opera House again to conduct Puccini’s Tosca in Beijing. From 2014 to 2016, she also conducted the Taiwan Creation Opera Institute performances of Puccini’s La Bohème and Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte.
Chen Lin has conducted the Saito Kinen Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Picardie, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Orchestra, Century Orchestra Osaka, China NCPA Orchestra, China National Opera House, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a guest conductor at Juilliard’s 34th annual Focus Festival in 2018.