Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, INSTRUMENTALIst
Queensland Music Award winner Ray Lin is a versatile composer, conductor, arranger, and orchestrator for concert hall and screens. His music has been featured in concerts internationally in the US and China; and through a range of prestigious local, state and national venues and platforms in Australia, including QPAC, Brisbane City Hall, 4MBS Classic FM, ABC ME, SBS, Old Museum Concert Hall,GOMA and more. Ray’s music has been performed by the Queensland Pops Orchestra, Topology, Symphony Central Coast, 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).
Some of Ray’s compositional highlights include being Camerata-Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra’s emerging composer-in-residence for 2023, receiving a commission from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC, 2022), premiering a chamber work for a East-west cross-cultural ensemble 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 an orchestral tribute “Waltz No.007” 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, he has arranged/orchestrated for the BrisAsia Festival “Rare Voices” concert (2023), Brisbane Festival “Film Harmonic” concert (2022), “Know It Alls” TV show (ABC ME), 2019 IAUTV Spring Festival Gala 2018 Teressa Teng tribute concert supporting Lord Mayor’s Trust, 2017 Brisbane Chinese Festival Gala show (City Hall) and many more.
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.