Taiwanese pianist and film composer Hung-Tao Lin enjoys an increasingly active musical career despite the fact that his parents did not expect him to become an artist, but an engineer or a physician. Hung-Tao began piano studies at the age of three, but was forced to stop by his mother when he was in high school in order to pursue academics. However, Hung-Tao didn’t listen to his parents and decided to pursue studies in music and film against their wishes.
In support of his studies he has received scholarships from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee, the USC Thornton School of Music, and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education.He has also won top prizes in piano competitions in Taiwan including first prize in the national finals of the 2008 Taiwan Student Music Competition, and first prize in the Taiwan finals of the 2007 Vienna Music Education National Music Competition. He has performed in the United States, Taiwan, Germany, France, and Brazil. Hung-Tao holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film with a minor in Music from the National Taiwan University of Arts and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at USC with Kevin Fitz-Gerald.