Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, INSTRUMENTALIst
Queensland Music Award winner Ray Lin is a versatile composer, arranger, and conductor with specialisations in both music for concert halls and screens. His music has been performed internationally in the US and China; and featured through a range of prestigious local, state and national venues and platforms in Australia, including QPAC, Brisbane City Hall, 4MBS Classic FM, Old Museum Concert Hall, GOMA and more. Ray’s music has been performed by the Queensland Pops Orchestra, Topology, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Wind orchestras, members from Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York, Orchestral Naturalis (QCGU) and others.
Ray has received many outstanding awards for his works, including winning the Contemporary Classical Song of the Year prize at the 2020 Queensland Music Awards, and receiving second place in the 2021 National Youth Arranging Competition hosted by Music Arrangers’ Guild Australia. He was awarded the a David Blumberg Award from the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers in 2022, Honorable Mention Award (Top 5) in Queensland Music Festival’s 2018 “Score-IT(Plus)” film scoring competition and reached the semi-final in the 2020 Walter Hussey Composition Competition (UK).
Ray’s diverse compositions have been featured in a variety of concerts and events, the most notable including premiering his chamber work for a mixed ensemble of Chinese & Western insturments in New York in 2022, co-composed the soundtracks for the 2021 “European Masterpieces” exhibition sound installation project in Queensland Gallery of Modern Arts (exhibition in collaboration with Metropolitan Museum of New York); premiering his orchestral tribute “Waltz No.007” to the 007 movie series at the Film-Harmonic concert (at part of Brisbane Festival 2021); premiered “The Royal Fanfare” performed by the Queensland Pops Orchestra at the QPAC Concert Hall, premiered two pieces in the 2020 “One World, One Family” 24-hour virtual concert hosted and broadcasted by Chinese CCTV, etc.
Ray is also an active arranger and orchestrator for commercial concerts and media projects, mostly recently he was an orchestrator for the show “Know It Alls” (ABC ME). Other concerts featuring Ray’s arrangements included the 2019 IAUTV Spring Festival Gala (Logan entertainment Centre), 2017 Brisbane Chinese Festival Gala show (City Hall),2018 Teressa Teng tribute concert supporting Lord Mayor’s Trust: Stretton State College’s annual awards night, etc.
Ray holds a Bachelor of Music (in composition) with distinction from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and he was a recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship and Alan Lane Award for Composition. Ray is currently undertaking the Masters of Arts Screen: Music course at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Ray had performed in the US, Australia and China; in a variety of live concerts, musical orchestras, commercial events as a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist. Ray earned Grade 8 certificate for both guitar and bass early in his musical journey, and some notable performances include the 2019 Brisbane Chinese Cultural Festival (Brisbane City Hall), 2019 QYO “Concert at Twilight”, 2017 Pacific Basin Music Festival (Hawaii, USA), 2017 & 2019 Essentially Ellington Jazz Music Festival, and numerous musical productions in Brisbane.