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Jahja Ling

  • Conductor


Jahja Ling distinguished career as an internationally renowned conductor has earned him an exceptional reputation for musical integrity, intensity and expressivity. Jahja Lin is in his fifth season as Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, where his contract was recently extended beyond 2012.
In response to the community’s overwhelming support of the orchestra’s new Music Director, the Mayor of San Diego proclaimed October 2, 2004 as Jahja Ling Day in a grand gesture of welcome. Since then, his performances have received the highest praise from the public and critics alike.
The San Diego Symphony performances conducted by Jahja Ling have been broadcast both locally and nationally and recently released two new live recordings (the Symphony’s first in a decade). The Orchestra has undertaken many commissions as well as premieres of many new works and has recorded new works of Bright Sheng for Telarc Records to be released in summer of 2009.
Some live performances are available via Under his leadership, audience attendance has consistently increased and the orchestra has reached a new level of financial stability.
As a guest conductor, Mr. Ling has conducted all of the major symphony orchestras in North America. In this and upcoming seasons Mr. Ling returns as guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Taiwan National Symphony, the Macao Symphony and will make his debut with Royal Philharmonic in London.
In May 1997, Mr. Ling led the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on tour to Hong Kong as part of the celebrations marking the return of Hong Kong to China. In May 2000, his debut performance with the St. Louis Symphony and cellist Yo-Yo Ma was featured on the ABC News program 20/20.
In 2001, Mr. Ling was also invited to conduct the Super World Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of top principals of 30 of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, America, and Asia for performances in Osaka and Tokyo. He also demonstrates a strong commitment to working with young musicia
ns and has conducted the orchestras of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute and the Aspen Music Festival.