金希文出生於雲林斗六鎮，五歲由父親啟蒙學習鋼琴，之後受教於陳美滿老師。大學赴美求學，於拜歐拉大學（Biola University）取得鋼琴、作曲雙學位。之後進入伊士曼音樂學院（Eastman School of Music）攻讀作曲、鋼琴、指揮，於1988年取得作曲博士學位。1991年開始擔任音契合唱管絃樂團的指揮，1995年開始擔任該團的音樂總監，同時也擔任日本Euodia交響樂團指揮。先後任教於東海大學，東吳大學，目前為臺灣師範大學音樂系專任教授。2017年榮獲第20屆國家文藝獎。
Chin S. W. (Gordon), born in Douliu, Yulin, began his music education with learning the piano at 5 from his father and later on from Chen Mei-man. Chin studied at Biola University, where he got double degrees in piano and composition. Later on, he was admitted to Eastman School of Music to study composition, piano and conducting and got his PhD in composition in 1988. In 1991, he began to work as conductor of Yinqi Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and became its music director in 1995, while he was also conductor of Edoia Symphony Orchestra in Japan. Chin had taught at Tunghai University, Soochow University and currently is full-time professor at Department of Music, National Taiwan Normal University.