Jahja Ling (Chinese 林望傑; born 25 October 1951, Jakarta, Indonesia) is an orchestra conductor. He is of Hokchiu Chinese descent and is now an American citizen. He began to play the piano at age 4 and studied at the Yayasan Pendidikan Musik School of Music, Jakarta. At age 17, he won the Jakarta Piano Competition and, one year later, was awarded a Rockefeller grant to attend The Juilliard School. There he completed a master's degree and studied piano with Mieczyslaw Munz and conducting with John Nelson. He then studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music under Otto-Werner Mueller and received a doctor of musical arts degree. He was a conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.
Ling founded the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in 1981, and served as its first Music Director from 1981-1984. Ling was on the conducting roster of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1984–2005, serving as Resident Conductor from 1985-2002. During that time, he also founded the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and was its first music director from 1986-1993. From 2000-2005, Ling was Music Director of the Blossom Festival, the last person to serve with that title.
From 1988-2002, Ling was Music Director of the Florida Orchestra, and is now its Music Director Laureate. Since 2004, he has been the Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, with an initial contract for 5 years. In October 2007, Ling extended his contract with the San Diego Symphony to 2012.
- Valerie Scher (4 September 2005). "Ling bids farewell to fest: 'It is time for me to move on'". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-14.
- Valerie Scher (2 October 2005). "Questions hover over new season". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- Valerie Scher (5 October 2007). "Ling's contract is renewed". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2007-11-04.[dead link]
- John Fielding (6 November 2003). "Ling returns to local podiums". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- Lois Smith Brady (7 January 2001). "Weddings: Vows: Jessie Chang and Jahja Ling". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- John Fielding (2 April 2005). "Orchestrated moves". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
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