CHIN Ching-Yun (born in 1931) is a singer, music educator, and writer, born in Jinan, Shandong. She has taught at the Music Department and Graduate Institute of National Taiwan Normal University. She taught and performed for half a century, giving concerts until she was 71, and becoming one of the most active, crowd-drawing and versatile singers to give public performances. In addition, she is an important music critic and long-time Executive Director of the Association of Vocal Artists and member of the NTCH’s Evaluation Committee. She graduated from National Taiwan Normal University Music Department, and studied in Vienna for several years. She was a leader of the trend in Chinese songs in the 1970s, and was the first to perform contemporary lieder and traditional folk songs in concert halls, attracting enthusiastic discussion for her unique singing technique. She was the first to hold a concert featuring only Chinese songs in the Vienna Konzerthaus. She is deeply knowledgeable about German lieder, and even Robert Scholz once played the accompaniment for her concert. From 1995 onwards, she gave concerts that paid homage to Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, and Mahler. Her writing is highly praised, and has been described as “a stellar essayist” whose works are “unique in the Chinese literary sphere.” She is the author of The string beyond strings, Journey to Winter Journey, Musical Noise, and Sitting to Watch Still Clouds.