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ling3 davidhartigthumbJahja Ling Conducts + Performs at SDSO's Piano Festival!

On the weekend of January 29-31, Jahja Ling performed double duty as conductor and pianist at the Jacobs Music Center on the occasion of the San Diego Symphony's very well-received Upright & Grand Piano Festival. On one program, Mr. Ling led a performance of Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony and then conducted pianist Arnaldo Cohen for Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. On the other program, in addition to conducting piano-originated works by Debussy and Ravel, Mr. Ling joined his wife, Jessie Chang, and special guest Conrad Tao for a rare performance of Mozart's Triple (or Lodron Piano Concerto. There were also "four-hands" performances of works by Dvořák, Brahms and Gershwin. (Check the Reviews page for positive notices written for these concerts.)

ling2 davidhartigthumbJahja Ling Begins his 12th Season in San Diego!

Conductor Jahja Ling began his 12th season as the Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra with a weekend of concerts with pianist Yuja Wang (reviewed here). He then conducted ecstatically reviewed concerts with violinist Sarah Chang and Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony. (CLICK HERE to read those reviews!) Ling concluded his 2015 with triumphant performances of Brahms' Double Concerto with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and SDSO Concertmaster Jeff Thayer as well as (for the first ever by the SDSO) Hector Berlioz's Te Deum with the San Diego Master Chorale (reviewed here.)

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After his concerts in China and Jakarta, conductor Jahja Ling returned to the United States just in time to celebrate his remarkable, unprecedented 30 year association with The Cleveland Orchestra. An August 15 Severance Hall concert featuring pianist Orion Weiss was conducted by Mr. Ling; the following evening he conducted at concert at the Blossom Festival in which cellist Yo-Yo Ma made a special appearance complete with a special 30th Anniversary cake for Mr. Ling! CLICK HERE to read more about this very special Cleveland weekend!

Ling1 DavidHartigThumbJahja Ling in Hang Zhou and Jakarta!

Conductor Jahja Ling had a very eventful summer of 2014. He conducted concerts in Hang Zhou, China as well as in his birthplace, Jakarta, Indonesia. Mr. Ling conducted the Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms with the Hang Zhou Philharmonic, a performance applauded by the audience for six curtain calls. With the Jakarta Symphony and the Jakarta Oratorio Society, Jahja Ling conducted more Brahms: the monumental German Requiem. The Jakarta concert was a very special occasion for Mr. Ling, representing the concert debut of his oldest daughter, Priscilla Ling, performing J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto in F minor.The concert also featured Jessie Chang (Priscilla's mother) performing Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. CLICK HERE to read more about these concerts!

Fine Magazine has published a feature article about Jahja Ling and his wife and fellow musician, Jessie Chang, in their August 2014 issue!

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Jahja Ling in Australia and Hong Kong!

After receiving a call on Sunday evening March 9, Jahja Ling was suddenly starting his scheduled Australian tour a week early! 35 hours, five airports and three very long flights later, he had arrived in Perth to rehearse the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for weekend performances in place of their indisposed conductor with a half hour to sparePer The West Australian reviewer Rosalind Appleby, the performance of music by Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Strauss came off very well, especially given the extraordinary coordination of effort to ensure Mr. Ling's timely arrival for his single day of rehearsals! Just after his Australia visit, Jahja Ling stopped by the Hong Kong offices of the South China Morning Post's senior music critic for an in-depth feature article.

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Jahja Ling, San Diego's Ambassador for the Arts!
San Diego Tourism Authority recently launched its San Diego Ambassador Campaign: “Guide to the Good Stuff.” Notable among the “ambassadors” is San Diego Symphony music director Jahja Ling, the only member of the San Diego arts community selected to participate in this campaign. The campaign features three video clips shot at the Jacobs Music Center, Balboa Park and various locations around San Diego. Maestro Ling appears in three separate videos highlighting the following themes: "Celebrating the Arts," "San Diego as a Musical Instrument" and "The Spectacular Symphony!"

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Jahja Leads San Diego Symphony in Historic 2013-2014 Season
Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony made their Carnegie Hall debut on October 29, 2013 followed by a historic China Friendship Tour. CLICK HERE for a CCTV broadcast featuring Jahja and a preview of the tour! And CLICK HERE for a video montage of Carnegie Hall and China highlights!

Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony completed a record breaking season with incredible artists and programs. To read about acclaimed performances in this and past seasons, read some recent reviews here.

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Jahja and Lang Lang
On June 15, 2012 Jahja Ling conducted Lang Lang 30th birthday concert with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra at O2 World in Berlin which was attended by more than 10,000 people and televised live in German and Spanish TVs. Watch the video here. Lang Lang also recently performed with Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony at their annual 2012 OPUS Gala and together at a private event.

 

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Jahja in Cleveland
Jahja Ling recently conducted three programs with The Cleveland Orchestra. On‬ July 2, he led the orchestra at the Public Square which was attended by more than 40,000 people and got front page coverage from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.More.Then on July 3, he led the 2012 Opening Blossom concert with 9,900 in attendance which was a rare attendance record. On July 8, he also conducted the donor concert at Blossom with Manny Ax who played marvelously with a full pavilion audience of about 6,000.More

 

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Jahja in Taipei
Jahja conducted the National Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan on October 29. To see photosclick here