The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. has announced the appointment of LIN MA as principal clarinet and MALORIE BLAKE SHIN as second violin.

Lin Ma joins the NSO from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he served as assistant principal and E-flat clarinet since 2015. He performed for a year as second clarinet in the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Ma was the winner of the 2014 Ima Hogg International Competition in Texas, performing as soloist with the Houston Symphony, and appeared as soloist with National Repertory Orchestra at its 2013 music festival. Ma earned a master of music degree at Rice University and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Ma also studied at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and at the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. At the National Symphony Orchestra, Lin Ma fills the position that was previously held by Loren Kitt, who retired in 2016 after 46 years with the orchestra and passed away in 2017.

A native of New Hampshire, violinist Malorie Blake Shin earned degrees from Boston University and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United States including the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Honolulu Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has been a regular substitute with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Posted January 9, 2019