Ah Ling Neu’s performing career has spanned several continents, including the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia. An avid chamber musician, she was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet for three seasons, and was invited to the Marlboro Music Festival for four summers in addition to participating in several tours with Musicians from Marlboro. She was a member of New York Philomusica for over 20 years and is presently a member of the North Country Chamber Players in New Hampshire. Other festivals include the Bridgehampton Festival, the White Mountain Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival and International Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall, England. In New York City, she is frequently heard at the Barge Music and as a member of the Brooklyn Library Chamber Players.
Born in Japan of Chinese parents, Ah Ling started viola in the San Francisco public school system at the age of 13. She continued her studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Gennady Kleyman and Nobuko Imai at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. While finishing her studies at SFCM she served as an acting member of the San Francisco Symphony for three seasons. Currently Principal violist of the Brandenburg Ensemble and Assistant Principal of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Ah Ling performs frequently with several orchestras in the NYC area including St Lukes Orchestra, Orpheus, NYC Opera, Riverside Orchestra, Little Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra and American Composers Orchestra. She currently teaches as a Music Associate at Columbia University and has also taught at the Manchester Music Festival, Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop. She can be heard on a recently released recording in the Fantasy Suite for solo viola by Harold Schiffman (North/South Music label). In addition to her other chamber music recording labels on Naxos and New York Philomusica., she has recorded John Adams’ “Shaker Loops” which she premiered.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is the mother of three lovely children, Lia, Eliza and Jason. She is happy to report that her days of chauffeuring her three children are over.