Ye Lin started learning the violin at the age of five. She attended primary and middle schools attached to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied with renowned violinists Professor Shi-Xiang Zhang and Fang Lei. Ye Lin made her solo debut with the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra when she was 12.
Ye Lin was a prize winner in the 1998 China National Violin Competition, and in the 9th International Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin, Poland in 2003. A National Arts Council-Conservatory music scholar, Ye Lin graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, where she studied violin performance with Qian Zhou. At the conservatory, she became the first winner of the inaugural Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition in 2004. The following year, she won First Prize in the Violin Open Category of the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition. In 2006, she was selected to study at the Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University as an exchange student where she studied with Victor Danchenko.
After joining the SSO in 2008, Ye Lin continues to be an active chamber musician. She performs frequently with her string quartet and piano trio at the Esplanade Recital Studio and the Victoria Concert Hall. Ye Lin has collaborated in chamber performances with pianist Albert Tiu, the Stradivari Quartet, and violinists Thomas Zehetmair, Peter Hanson, Alina Ibragimova, and others. Since 2003 she has been the acting concertmaster of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra.
Ye Lin plays on an 1862 Enrico Ceruti from the Rin collection.