Jahja Ling’s distinguished career as an internationally renowned conductor has earned him an exceptional reputation for musical integrity, intensity and expressivity. The 2011-2012 season marks his eighth season as Music Director of the San Diego Symphony and the year in which the orchestra celebrates its centenary. The orchestra’s performances conducted by Mr. Ling have received the highest praise from public and critics alike having been broadcast both locally and nationally and they have recently released five new live recordings (the Symphony’s first in a decade). Together they have undertaken many commissions as well as premieres of many new works and recorded new works of Bright Sheng for Telarc Records which was released in summer of 2009 and a new CD of Lucas Richman “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” and Saint Saens “Carnival for the Animals” with soloists Jackie Parker and Orli Shaham to be distributed by Naxos. Some live performances are available via www.instantencore.com. Under his leadership, the San Diego Symphony has been designated as a major orchestra of Tier One by the League of American Symphony Orchestras which is based on a new level of unprecedented artistic excellence, its continuing increase of audience attendance as well as its solid financial stability.
Mr. Ling is the first and only conductor of Chinese descent who has conducted all of the major symphony orchestras in North America including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. In recent and upcoming seasons Mr. Ling returns as guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Jakarta Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, Macao Symphony, Philharmonia Taiwan(National Symphony of Taiwan), Rochester Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic of London, Shanghai Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. ... read full bio