Saint Xavier University Music Department

Music Faculty

Pablo ChinPablo Chin




The music of Pablo Chin, a Costa Rican composer based in Chicago, explores self-designed compositional methods favoring multiplicity of events, and based on superimposition of asymmetrical cyclical layers. These structures are often rooted in Latin American patterns, or in iconic art or musical works, though these sources are not intended to be heard.

His music has been performed in South, Central and North America, in Israel and in Europe. He has been commissioned to compose works for Ensemble Recherche, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), members of the Anubis Quartet, the MAVerick Ensemble, the Latino Music Festival of Chicago, and Ensemble Dal Niente, among others. His music has also been performed by artists including Ostravska Banda, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Pierre-Stephane Meuge, Marino Formenti, Gan Lev and Marcuss Weiss. He has been awarded the Cacavas Award, William T. Faricy Award, and William Karlins Award, all prizes from Northwestern University, where he currently pursues a doctoral degree in composition. There he has studied with Hans Thomalla, Jay Alan Yim, and Aaron Cassidy. Previous instructors include Alejandro Cardona in his native Costa Rica, and Orlando Garcia in Miami. In master classes, he has worked with Richard Barrett, Oliver Knussen, Chaya Czernowin, and Kaija Saariaho among others.

He has attended prestigious international festivals of new music, including the 45th and 46th Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Ostrava Days 2009 and Centre Acanthes 2011. Currently Chin is instructor of theory, aural skills and composition at Saint Xavier University, and is co-founder and artistic director of the Fonema Consort.