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David Chin

 

When David Chin graduated with Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, he embarked on a fascinating journey which has so far carried him from small town America to the sophisticated urban centers of Malaysia.   

 

​​Bachfest Malaysia (Malaysia Bach Festival) was founded in 2015 by Artistic Director David Chin to promote the music of J.S. Bach in Malaysia and beyond through performance and education. David is well known to the Rochester music community from his time here leading many performances, focusing on music by Bach, while he was a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music. 

For two years, the musicians of Bachfest Malaysia had been looking forward to performing at the St. Thomas Church during Bachfest Leipzig 2020 in June. Since the festival planned for this year has now been postponed to 2022, they decided to make a virtual performance recording of a complete cantata – Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 – one of the three cantatas which they were going to perform at the festival.

As a special Good Friday celebration, Performance Rochester is proud to present Bach's St. John Passion, in its entirety, with Voices under the direction of WilliamWeinert.  Founded by Weinert, Voices is a professional ensemble of some of western's New York's finest singers. 

A new way of playing J. S. Bach

Mar 9, 2017
Benjamin Chappell

David Chin directs choral activities at Roberts Wesleyan College.  He's also a Rochester musician and conductor who’s passionate about Bach.

In a conversation with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay he recalls the day piano teacher Daisy De Luca Jaffe opened his eyes to a new way of playing Bach's music.

David Chin conducts a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) Saturday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m.at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Rochester.  Performing are Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra, tenor Pablo Bustos as the Evangelist, and bass Cody Müller as Jesus.