A native of China, Lin Ma was appointed principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra by Gianandrea Noseda in 2018. Prior to joining the NSO, he had served as assistant principal and Eb clarinetist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2015. He also played a one-year position as second clarinetist 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 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. Ma 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.

Ma is a Buffet and Vandoren artist.