A native of China, Lin Ma was appointed Principal Clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra by Gianandrea Noseda in 2018. He joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal and Eb clarinetist in 2015. Previously, he played a one-year position as the Second clarinet in the Houston Symphony. Ma won the 2014 Ima Hogg International Competition and performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Later, he appeared as soloist at the Baytown Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season opener. In addition, Ma has soloed with the National Repertory Orchestra at the NRO music festival in 2013.
Ma earned his Master of Music degree at Rice University, under the tutelage of Richie Hawley, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Richard Hawkins. Ma has also studied at the Idyllwild Arts Academy with Yehuda Gilad, and the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Yuanfu Huang.