Nottingham, England, GBR

Traditional Chinese music performance ( erhu and Guzheng)


The most characteristic sounds of Chinese music are those made by the erhu, a two stringed instrument of extraordinary eloquence.

Lings career in music began as a child prodigy at the age of seven, performing to thousands during the Cultural Revolution in China, and where her technical virtuosity won her a place at the prestigious Sichuan Conservatory of Music as their youngest ever student of the erhu.

After graduating, Ling was invited to stay on at Sichuan Conservetory of Music to teach and perform as a soloist where she stayed, consolidating her musicianship for eight years. Lings musical epiphany came during this time in her year at the Central Conservatory of Music  Bejing, where,  studying under Professor Lan Yu Song, she was able to transcend technical accomplishment and become an artist in the truest sense, using her passion and talent to communicate through her music.

Ling would say I play from the heart, a philosophy which informs every choice taken she has made and path travelled since.

Based in Nottingham UK since 1990 Ling performed for several years with the London Chinese Orchestra performing at such venues as the Purcell Rooms and Queen Elizabeth Hall bringing Chinese classical music to a UK audience.

She has also worked in Europe in a western classical context through her many invitations to perform with the Luxembourg Sinfoniatta.

Ling founded and leads a Chinese folk ensemble: Chinese Whispers which has toured extensively in the UK for several years. Ling returned to China to source and preserve traditional Chinese folk music which she has arranged herself and introduced to the repertoire of her ensemble.