Zhao Lin studied composition at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and went on to compose for the National Traditional Orchestra of China. In 2004 he began to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma, and has composed several pieces for Silkroad, including the double concerto Duo for Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong, which had its world premiere in Shanghai in 2013. Zhao Lin has also composed for filmmakers, including Zhang Yimou (A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop, 2009), Chen Kaige (Together, 2002) and Ding Hei (The Great Qin Dynasty 2, 2013).

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