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Lin Ma

Assistant Principal/Eb Clarinet

Lin Ma, a native of China, is the newly-appointed assistant principal and Eb clarinetist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he played a one year position as second clarinet in the Houston Symphony. Ma won the 2014 Ima Hogg International Competition and performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra at Jones Hall. Later, he appeared as soloist at the Baytown Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season opener. In addition, Ma has soloed with 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. As a student at Rice, he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York City. 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.