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Music Academy of the West Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

Zarin Mehta Fellows New York Philharmonic

For the third consecutive year, the New York Philharmonic hosted a group of fellows from Music Academy of the West selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — an immersion in the life of an orchestra musician.

From January 6 to 15 eleven fellows, selected by audition, came to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows, working closely with Philharmonic musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching. They even rehearsed and played alongside Philharmonic musicians in Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 for the subscription concerts January 11–14, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Read More...

Rice University Students Named for Global Academy Fellowship Program

Rice University Shepherd Schoo of Music NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship 

Last week, wind, brass, and percussion students at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music auditioned for the opportunity to train and play amongst New York Philharmonic musicians, learning about the life of an orchestra musician from the inside.

Today the six students selected for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — the second group of Global Academy Fellows from Rice — were announced: clarinetist John Diodati (25), oboist Tamer Edlebi (28), trumpet player Daniel Egan (25), flutist Kayla Faurie (23), percussionist Robert O’Brien (26), and bassoonist Benjamin Roidl-Ward (24).

The Shepherd School students will travel to New York in April 2017 for a week of immersive activities in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life — including training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra's Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence — an experience described by Alan Gilbert as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician.” It’s all part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the New York Philharmonic, launched in fall 2015.

Congrats and see you in April!

Rice University Shepherd Schoo of Music NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Phoebe Bobby Tudor 

Photos: (top, courtesy of Rice University) April 2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (bottom, by Jennifer Taylor) Rice University president David Leebron and his wife, Y. Ping Sun, and Bobby Tudor — Rice Board Chairman, New York Philharmonic Board Member, and New York Philharmonic Global Academy sponsor — and his wife, Phoebe Tudor

2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West Named

New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West have been selected to participate in the third year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2017.

They will travel to New York for a ten-day training program, including rehearsing and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians in Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 for the subscription concerts January 11–14, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Described by Gilbert as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician,” the Fellowship allows students to learn directly from Philharmonic musicians, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will immerse them in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance.

The lucky ten: Kevin Chen, violin; Minji Choi, cello; Michael Daley, percussion; Kaelan Decman, double bass; Ao Peng, viola; Emily Switzer, violin; Alexander Volkov, violin; Jack Walters, clarinet; Justin Woo, violin; and Hyeree Yu, viola. 2016 Global Academy Fellow Rainer Saville, trumpet, deferred his participation and will be joining the Global Academy in 2017.

Congratulations, and see you in New York!

(Photo: Music Academy of the West)

Global Academy Update

New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

Alan Gilbert’s appearance earlier this week at Music Academy of the West — a Philharmonic Global Academy partner — has garnered raves! Gilbert led the Academy Festival Orchestra in a concert featuring works by Berg, Haydn, and Beethoven that was described by the Santa Barbara Independent as “an outstanding program” in which “Gilbert brought these excellent young musicians together in a thoroughly joyous achievement in music making.” 

Earlier this year, nine musicians from Music Academy of the West traveled to New York to participate in the Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship program as part of the second year of the four-year partnership.

Musically excellent, educationally inspiring experiences like these are precisely why the Philharmonic founded the Global Academy. Learn more about it here, and watch out for the return to Santa Barbara by the full Philharmonic next summer, for the 70th Anniversary of Music Academy of the West.

(Photo courtesy of Music Academy of the West)

Second Annual Shanghai Performance Residency Concludes

Seven thousand miles and one week later, the New York Philharmonic's second annual Shanghai performance residency has come to a triumphant conclusion. The residency is part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (presented by The Starr International Foundation), a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. The week of concerts and coachings wrapped up with violinist Gil Shaham and Philharmonic cellists in the solo spotlight, Chaplin’s City Lights screened with the score performed live, Very Young Composers, a side-by-side rehearsal with Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, and seminars, workshops, lessons, and coachings led by Philharmonic musicians and administration.

Second Annual Shanghai Performance Residency Begins

The New York Philharmonic has traveled 7,000 miles for the second annual Shanghai performance residency, July 2–8, part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, presented by The Starr International Foundation and a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. There have been four concerts so far, including two performances with star soloist Daniil Trifonov, a Young People's Concert, and a free outdoor concert by the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet. Philharmonic musicians have also been busy teaching and coaching Shanghai Orchestra Academy students and inspiring Very Young Composers.

2016 Concerts in the Parks Begin in Central Park

The New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks are back for another summer of beautiful music under the stars. The 51st season kicked off this week with two concerts on Central Park's Great Lawn, drawing more than 63,000 music lovers over two nights. The first night opened with a tribute to the victims of the Orlando tragedy. Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill was the soloist in Mozart's lyrical Clarinet Concerto, and Music Director Alan Gilbert led the New York Philharmonic — plus four New York Philharmonic Global Academy students having the opportunity of a lifetime — in music by Beethoven, plus R. Strauss and Wagner. 

Rice University Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic recently hosted the first group of Zarin Mehta Fellows from our newest Global Academy partner, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

From May 22 to May 29 five fellows, selected by audition, worked closely with Orchestra musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching to delve into the working life of an orchestral musician. They even joined the Orchestra in the program conducted by David Robertson, May 26–28!

The Shepherd School is the third partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, which is connecting with institutions worldwide to train pre-professional orchestra musicians of the future by harnessing the Philharmonic’s deep resources for national and international collaborations. From June 11 to 17 students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, a Global Academy creation, travel to NYC as the first international Zarin Mehta Fellows, and in July the Philharmonic visits Shanghai for a performance residency and education activities with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy.

Relive the visit through the photos above and Zarin Mehta Fellow Laura Liu's Instagram!

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