Ning Tien Scialla teaches at Columbus State University, is a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and is co-conductor of the Greater Columbus Youth Orchestra. Before coming to Columbus she was a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, and the Central Opera Orchestra of Beijing, and taught at Kean University and Monmouth Conservatory of New Jersey.
A native of Beijing, China, she received her early musical training from her parents, who are professors of cello and composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She won the Young Artists Competition of Beijing in 1976, and entered the Central Conservatory in 1980, studying with Tao Song. In 1983 she entered the Eastman School of Music where she received her bachelors and masters degrees and the performers certificate. She later earned a DMA at Louisiana State University.
In 1982 she won the Julia Klumpky International Competition in San Francisco, and in 1983 the Camellia Symphony Young Artists Competition in California. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in China, Italy and the USA, and has recitals in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Her recording of cello music by Dinos Constantinides can be heard on the Vestige Label.