Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer of concert and media music. His music has been performed and premiered in many of the world’s most prestigious venues: Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, the United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Performers include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and US Air Force Band, alongside Washington National Opera, Danielle de Niese, Ewa Plonka and Frederica von Stade.

His song “Baba Yetu”, a Swahili setting of The Lord’s Prayer originally written for the video game Civilization IV, is a modern choral standard, and the first piece of music written for a video game ever to win a Grammy Award. It’s been licensed for use by groups ranging from Premier League Football to the Vatican. Two different contestants performed it in the same season of America’s Got Talent. It was even a question on the legendary game show Jeopardy!

His debut album, the multi-lingual song cycle Calling All Dawns, won him a second Grammy in 2011, and his follow-up release The Drop That Contained the Sea debuted at #1 on Billboard’s classical charts having premiered to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. His next album To Shiver the Sky also debuted at #1, and was funded by a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that raised $221,415. The Lost Birds, a collaboration with acclaimed British vocal ensemble VOCES8, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2023 and has been heard live across Europe, the US, Asia and Australia. He is also an in-demand collaborator, working with musicians across a wide-range of genres: Lang Lang, VOCES8, Danielle de Niese, Lara Downes, Alan Menken, BT, and Danny Elfman, to name a few.

In 2024 Tin was invited by Francesca Zambello (director) to compose a new ending for Puccini’s Turandot at Washington National Opera. Writing in collaboration with librettist Susan Soon He Stanton (playwright and screenwriter/producer of Succession) the run at the Kennedy Center was sold out, played to standing ovations and was adored by the artists, audience and critics alike.

Tin is signed to an exclusive record deal with Universal under their legendary Decca label, published by Concord and Boosey & Hawkes, and is a Yamaha Artist. He works out of his own custom-built studio in Santa Monica, California.