Get to Know...Sen Lin
We consider ourselves very lucky to be exposed to so many wonderful composers through the FNMC Composition Contest. It offers us the opportunity to become familiar with the music of composers from throughout the United States and all over the world! We’ve had finalists and winners from Argentina, Australia, China, Croatia, Greece, Hong Kong,Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan. From 2014-2018 we’ve recognized 58 different composers through the composition competition, many of whom we would not have had the opportunity to learn about otherwise. A perfect example of this is Sen Lin. Sen was born and raised in China and is currently working towards his master’s degree and living in Weimar, Germany. He doesn’t have a web presence at this time, so without his entry in the competition our members wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn about his Fantaisiestueck for flute and alto flute (finalist flute duo 2018). Fantaisiesteuck is a challenging romp with lots of opportunities to explore a variety of extended techniques and colors.
Q&A with Sen…
Who is/are your favorite “new music” composer/s and why?
This position is constantly changing, but at the moment it belongs to Chaya Czernowin. Her music possesses an almost primordial gaze, originating from an immense and bottomless core, at this point to reveal some physical things. The process of revelation is a central concept to Czernowin’s oeuvre. This is what makes me very interesting.
When did you join FNMC and what attracted you to the organization?
At first I heard the FNMC was influenced by composer Zhou Long and his flute works. From there I also knew about the FNMC Composition Competition. I think this competition is very meaningful and helpful for composers, flutists and the development of new flute works. Last year I saw information about the FNMC Composition Competition on the Internet, so I did not hesitate to participate.
More About Sen…
Sen Lin was born in 1991 and started his musical education already in his childhood studying piano, music theory as well as composition in Suihua(China, Heilongjiang Province) where he grew up. After finishing high school, he studied composition under Prof. Jixue Wu at Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyan during 2010-2015. Since 2016 he began his Composition Master studies with Prof. Michael Obst and Dr. Ulrich Kreppein at University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany. In 2016 he was the 1st Prize Winner at the international “Musica per Archi” Composers Competition. After one year he recieved a third prize at the 2nd Edition Alfred Schnittke International Composition Competition 2017, Ukraine. The awarded work Blue Flame is published by Italian Aldebaran Editions in 2018. His works include orchestra, chamber music as well as film music. His music has been performed by many professional ensembles and organizations such as DNT(Deutsche Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar), Ensemble Recherche and Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Italy, Ukraine, China and the USA.
The Flute New Music Consortium is an organization dedicated to the creation and support of new music for the flute.