Dr. Xiaoting Ma

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A versatile clarinetist and champion of music from the past, present, and future, Dr. Ma has developed a reputation as a virtuosic and prolific soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player both in the United States and China. Ma has received numerous awards from competitions including first prize in Northern Illinois University and Yale Chamber Music Competitions. She is also the recipient of various scholarships.

As an active soloist, Dr. Ma has appeared in concerts at festivals and societies, including the Stony Brook University Staller Center, the Yale Center for British Art, the International Ensemble Modern Academy-the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, Merkin Hall in New York, and Clarinet Festival at Griffith University in Australia the international Clarinet Festival in Beijing and Chongqing. She has collaborated with distinguished artists and ensembles such as David Shifrin, Andreas Ottensamer, members of the Emerson Quartet and the Tokyo Quartet.

Dr. Ma was the second / E-flat and bass clarinetist of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, appointed by Music Director Zuo-Huang Chen in 2004-2005. Since Dr. Ma came to the United States, she has been the principal clarinetist at Northern Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Yale Philharmonic Orchestra and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. As a guest clarinetist, she has performed with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra and Macao Orchestra.

Dr. Ma obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook University, an Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, a Master of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Soochow University, School of Music in China.