Recognized for her “eclectic, energizing, and deeply moving” (Banff Centre Report) performances, genre-bending violinist Linling Hsu captivates audiences with her expressive lyricism and soulful sound. Acclaimed for “transcending cultural boundaries” (FFwd Calgary Weekly), Linling combines a strong classical background with her signature improvisational style and performs repertoire ranging from traditional classical to Persian-fusion, reggae, and beyond.
From the day her sister gave her a Bob Marley tape, Linling has had a deep love for reggae music. After over a decade of studying reggae, she adds her own flavor to classic “riddims” from original songs to Bob Marley covers. Linling and her “Rasta” violin have shared the stage with reggae artists, Scientist, Michigan & Smiley, Ladee Dred, Michael Fabulous, Jah Beloved, Roberto Gell, and Dub Station. As a soloist, Linling Hsu has performed with renowned artists such as Edgar Meyer, Bennie Maupin, Munyungo Jackson, Anton Kuerti, Angela Cheng, John Stetch, Barry Shiffman, Chen Halevi, Mark Applebaum, and Hugh Fraser.
Born in Nashville to Taiwanese parents and currently based in Los Angeles, Linling began playing violin at the age of five. A dedicated music educator and certified yoga instructor, Linling maintains a full violin studio in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. She has also served Notre Dame Academy where she taught violin and yoga to students of all ages. She completed the Yoga Therapy Rx program at LMU, and taught yoga at Studio Surya, Raksa, and Kinema Fitness. Linling holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and her primary teachers were Bill Kennedy and Kathleen Winkler.
Linling is working on her first solo album, which draws on a wide range of musical influences including reggae, hip hop, down-tempo, meditative soundscapes, and traditional Chinese songs. For more information, please visit https://linlinghsu.wordpress.com.