Zhuosheng Jin

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With his music described as “powerful” and “haunting” (The New York Times), Zhuosheng Jin, born in 1991, Ningbo, China, is a composer, pianist, and writer. Jin’s music spans on a variety of instrumentations and mediums, including orchestra, chamber, solo, and electronic. Influenced by filmmakers such as Theo Angelopoulos and Andrei Tarkovsky, Jin's composition emphasises relationships between literature, especially poetry, and sonic texture. In his music, the sound is always driven by its literary implications. There are particular topics setting his composition up that he often emphasises in his music writings, including the destined loneliness of beings, identities, homesickness, politics, love, and so on.

The awards he has won include the 2020 Matan Givol Composers Competition (1st prize, Israel), 2020 Salvatore Martirano Award (1st prize, US), 2019 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (3rd prize, Japan), 2019 John Rea Award (exclusive winner, Canada), 2017-18 Société de concerts de Montréal Emerging Composers Competition (selected winner, Canada), and 2017 TURNmusic Collegiate Composition Prize (exclusive winner, US). He has also received honourable mentions in the 2019 Lake George Composition Competition (US),  2018-19 Breaking Music Composition Contest (Italy), 2018 I/CREATION Composition Competition (US), and 2018 Giovannini Composition Competition (Italy). His scores are published by Babel Scores.
 
Jin's music has been programmed worldwide by Festival Archipel, Impuls Academy, Composit New Music Festival, Livorno Music Festival, Delian New Music Festival, outHear New Music Week, CEME Festival, ARCO Université, Echings New Music Festival, June in Buffalo New Music Festival, Atlantic New Music Festival, São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival, VIPA Festival, Seoul Global Week, Stockholm Brass Academy, and Beijing Modern Music Festival. He has written for the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien (soloists), Ensemble MusikFabrik (soloists), Meitar Ensemble, Ensemble Itinéraire (soloists), Les Métaboles, Ensemble Multilatérale, Quatuor Béla, Ensemble Mdi, Syntax Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Mise-en, TURNmusic Ensemble, McGill Contemporary Ensemble, Trío Arbós, Zone Expérimentale, Trio Roadrunner, MolOt Ensemble, Ensemble Novel (soloists), and Studio TimeArt, as well as soloists Sylvain Devaux, Paola Iommi, Laura Cocks, Aaron Smith, An-Laurence Higgins, Daniel Murray, Wai Nok Hui, Cheng-Yu Wu, Dian Zheng, and Yiyang Zhao, among others. He has worked with conductors including Pierre-André Valade, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Guillaume Bourgogne, Kanako Abe, Pasquale Corrado, Anne Decker, Lewis Nielson, Yongyan Hu, Daye Lin, Yang Jiao and Brian Liao. He has upcoming activities with Ensemble Intercontemporain (soloists), Trio Émerillon, Illinois Modern Ensemble, and McGill Wind Symphony.
 
Having begun to study piano at the age of seven, and then composition at thirteen, Jin holds degrees from Oberlin College (BM ‘15) and Boston University (MM ‘17) and is currently a DMus. fellow at McGill University with Philippe Leroux. He has also studied with Joshua Fineberg, Josh Levine, Alex Mincek, and Xiaogang Ye (composition), Shuxing Zheng, Robert Shannon, Webb Wiggins, and David Breitman (keyboard), Davide Ianni (electronic music), and Christoph Neidhöfer (music theory), among others. Jin also followed private lessons and master-classes with Helmut Lachenmann, Johannes Schöllhorn​, Beat Furrer, Johannes Staud, Clemens Gadenstätter, Bernhard Gander, Philippe Manoury, Frédéric Durieux, Franck Bedrossian, Yann Robin, Raphaël Cendo, Pierluigi Billone, Stefano Gervasoni, Alberto Posadas, Michael Finnissy, Joanna Bailie, Michael Jarrell, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Stratis Minakakis, Dmitri Kourliandski, Oscar Bianchi, Eivind Buene, Henrik Hellstenius​, and Catherine Milliken.

Jin has also worked as an author, director, and curator. Projects include “At the Last Day” (director, screenwriter, and leading actor; short drama, 2009 made in Beijing), “Funeral of Adam” (director, screenwriter, and leading actor; film, 2012 made in Xi'an), “Eyes and Mind” (curator and sound director; art exhibition, 2015 in Shenzhen Art Academy), and “HOME” (sound artist, installation, 2017 made in Boston).
 
In addition to being a doctoral student, Jin also works as a lecturer at McGill University and has previously taught at McGill and Boston University as a teaching assistant. He has also been well-received as a guest lecturer at several other universities.
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Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Dust not dust trio (2020)
Not here... not there... somewhereI... II duo (2020)
Clock of Timelessness trio (2020)
Apple portrait duo (2020)
Not here... not there... somewhere... duo (2019)
Voyage trio (2019)
A trivial elegy for an unnamed friend string trio (2019)
Immobilised Motions string quartet 2 (2018)
The Last Question Will Last Forever duo (2018)
...and I placed my arm around your shoulder string quartet 1 (2016)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Tree portrait brass quintet (2020)
June Story three instrumentalists and three voices (2019)
Into the Fall six musicians (2018)
April Story six musicians (2016)

Mixed Ensemble


June Story three instrumentalists and three voices (2019)

Solo Instrument


Three Images Inspired from Shuntarō Tanikawa piano solo (2019)
Pale Flower III flute solo (2019)
Pale Flower VI oboe solo (2019)
(in)somnia cello solo (2015)

Voices and Instruments


A Piece of Watermelon six musicians, female voice (2019)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


First Beam Last Light large ensemble (2018)

String Quartet


Immobilised Motions string quartet 2 (2018)
...and I placed my arm around your shoulder string quartet 1 (2016)
(in)somnia cello solo (2015)
...and I placed my arm around your shoulder string quartet 1 (2016)
A Piece of Watermelon six musicians, female voice (2019)
A trivial elegy for an unnamed friend string trio (2019)
Apple portrait duo (2020)
April Story six musicians (2016)
Clock of Timelessness trio (2020)
Dust not dust trio (2020)
First Beam Last Light large ensemble (2018)
Immobilised Motions string quartet 2 (2018)
Into the Fall six musicians (2018)
June Story three instrumentalists and three voices (2019)
Not here... not there... somewhere... duo (2019)
Not here... not there... somewhereI... II duo (2020)
Pale Flower III flute solo (2019)
Pale Flower VI oboe solo (2019)
The Last Question Will Last Forever duo (2018)
Three Images Inspired from Shuntarō Tanikawa piano solo (2019)
Tree portrait brass quintet (2020)
Voyage trio (2019)