Jin Ta began studies on the flute at the Central Music Conservatory, Beijing. Thereafter he represented the conservatory at many performances and concerts. In 1991 he received full scholarship from University of Michigan U.S.A. and became a student of Prof. Keith Bryan and later Prof. Leone Buyse. In 1997 Jin Ta won First Prize in both the Boston Pappoutsakies Memorial Foundation Competition and Memphis Young Artist Competition. In 1997 he was selected as an artist diploma candidate to study with reknowned flautist Paula Robison. In Dec 2000 he won First Prize in the Haifa International Flute Competition 2000 (Israel). Jin Ta joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flautist in 1998. Besides music, his other interests include cooking and travelling. Did you know? He can make fantastic shrimp dumplings!