Christopher Chiyan Tin is an American composer of art music, often composed for film and video game soundtracks. His work is primarily orchestral and choral, often with a world music influence. He has won two Grammy Awards for his classical crossover album Calling All Dawns. Tin is perhaps best known for his choral piece Baba Yetu from the video game Civilization IV, which became the first piece of video game music ever to win a Grammy Award in 2011. His Grammy win was considered a significant milestone for the critical acceptance of music from video games as a legitimate art form, and following his win the Recording Academy retitled their visual media categories to become more inclusive of video game soundtracks.
|Birth name||Christopher Chiyan Tin|
|Born||May 21, 1976, Redwood City, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Classical, Crossover, Orchestral, Choral, Soundtrack|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, conductor, arranger, music producer|
|Associated acts||Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Soweto Gospel Choir, Anonymous 4, Dulce Pontes|
Known for his work throughout the classical genre. In 2009, he released his debut album, Calling All Dawns, for which he won two Grammys. He has also composed scores for various commercials, TV shows, and films, including X2: X-Men United.
He graduated from Stanford University in 2004 with his honors B.A. in musical composition and English literature. He subsequently received his M.A. in humanities from Stanford in 1999. He studied at Oxford University in England as an exchange student.
He also gained widespread acclaim for his "Baba Yetu" composition for the video game Civilization IV. In 2010, he became the first ever composer to win a Grammy award for a video game composition.
He grew up in California.
His first professional internships were with Hans Zimmer working on the soundtracks for such films as The Lion King and Gladiator.
Palo Alto High School alumni. Jingle composers. American television composers. Video game composers. Alumni of the Royal College of Music