Youth Ensembles

National Youth Orchestra of China

Introduction

Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with the first annual National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China)on an international concert tour of the United States and China during the summer of 2017, inaugurated by a performance at Carnegie Hall. For two weeks in July, approximately one hundred Chinese high school-aged musicians will gather on a university campus in the Northeast United States to participate in an intensive two-week training program under the direction of artistic director Jindong Cai, a group of world-class teaching artists, and renowned conductor Ludovic Morlot. After two weeks of preparation, the orchestra will debut in New York City with a concert featuring Yuja Wang and will thereafter embark on a three-city concert tour of China featuring soloist Olga Kern.

Inspired by Carnegie Hall’s own National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO-China is meant to provide Chinese musicians access to the same exceptional education and performance model developed by its American counterpart. Members will have the opportunity to train under some of the finest classical musicians from around the world and then showcase their honed talents as an orchestra during a historic bi-continental concert tour. Students will apply through a competitive and egalitarian online audition process, initially reviewed by professional musicians with credentials from America’s top music conservatories and ultimately overseen by our teaching artists and artistic director themselves. To ensure that no excellent musician will ever be turned away for lack of funds, the entire program – including housing, tuition, and travel – will be free of charge.


Introduction

Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with the first annual National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China)on an international concert tour of the United States and China during the summer of 2017, inaugurated by a performance at Carnegie Hall. For two weeks in July, approximately one hundred Chinese high school-aged musicians will gather on a university campus in the Northeast United States to participate in an intensive two-week training program under the direction of artistic director Jindong Cai, a group of world-class teaching artists, and renowned conductor Ludovic Morlot. After two weeks of preparation, the orchestra will debut in New York City with a concert featuring Yuja Wang and will thereafter embark on a three-city concert tour of China featuring soloist Olga Kern.

Inspired by Carnegie Hall’s own National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO-China is meant to provide Chinese musicians access to the same exceptional education and performance model developed by its American counterpart. Members will have the opportunity to train under some of the finest classical musicians from around the world and then showcase their honed talents as an orchestra during a historic bi-continental concert tour. Students will apply through a competitive and egalitarian online audition process, initially reviewed by professional musicians with credentials from America’s top music conservatories and ultimately overseen by our teaching artists and artistic director themselves. To ensure that no excellent musician will ever be turned away for lack of funds, the entire program – including housing, tuition, and travel – will be free of charge.

Press

 
  • 18 Jul 17 JAMES R. OESTREICH In These Orchestras, Youth Meets Musical Beauty
    Carnegie Hall
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    After a stop-and-go drive from New York City to East Stroudsburg, Pa., some 75 miles northwest, on a sleepy morning last week, I wasn’t necessarily expecting magic. But a small bit happened in a nondescript classroom at East Stroudsburg University, during a sectional rehearsal of the four oboists of the newly formed National Youth Orchestra of China.

    Led by Liang Wang, the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic, three players worked through the first movement of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, which the orchestra – 105 musicians, ages 14 to 21 – will perform in its debut concert on Saturday evening at Carnegie Hall. The fourth player, Ming Liu, sat silently, holding an English horn, a larger, lower-range relative of the oboe, with a rounded bell.

    Then came the second-movement Largo, with its vaunted English horn solo, the tune that William Arms Fisher turned into the song “Goin’ Home,” often mistaken for a pre-existing spiritual. Ms. Liu, 19, an utterly disarming presence in her Snoopy T-shirt, played the melody as beautifully and soulfully as I have ever heard it.

    Ms Liu, who is enrolled at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, works regularly with Mr Wang. He urged her on here to greater expressivity, and even he seemed enthralled by the results.

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