The Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, a joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, is in its third year. It includes the establishment of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) — in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and under the leadership of founding president Long Yu — and annual performance residencies by the New York Philharmonic in Shanghai through the 2017–18 season. The Shanghai partnership is a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

Shanghai Orchestra Academy

Opened in September 2014, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) provides advanced, post-graduate orchestral training, offering classes such as Orchestra Performance, Chamber Music, and Musicianship Skills for Orchestral Performance. Highly qualified students may have the opportunity to play with musicians from the New York Philharmonic during its annual summer residency in Shanghai, or through the New York Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program in New York City.

The SOA provides different levels of scholarships to all of its students, and graduates receive a Master of Fine Arts in Orchestral Performance. New York Philharmonic musicians travel to Shanghai four times each season for master classes, coachings, mock auditions, and seminars. The last visit was September 3–11, 2016.

Four SOA students were selected to travel to New York City to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — a week-long immersion in the life of a Philharmonic musician — as the first international Zarin Mehta Fellows. From June 11 to 17, 2016, the students engaged in a variety of activities, culminating in rehearsals and performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by then Music Director Alan Gilbert, in the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, in Central Park, Manhattan, and Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Admission to the SOA is open to students from around the globe, and the current student body — including violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists, flutists, a clarinetist, an oboist, horn players, trumpet players, trombonists, a tuba player, and a percussionist — have been trained in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, and the U.S. The SOA graduated its first class on July 5, 2016, and all of them have found jobs at important orchestras and opera companies. The SOA’s second graduation ceremony was held in the summer of 2017.

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Performance Residencies in Shanghai

The New York Philharmonic is traveling to Shanghai every summer through the 2017–18 season for concerts as part of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Summer Air (MISA) festival and activities associated with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA), including master classes, lessons, and coaching.

The third annual performance residency in Shanghai took place July 2–8, 2017, featuring four performances at Shanghai Symphony Hall that marked Alan Gilbert’s final appearances as Philharmonic Music Director in Shanghai.

Gilbert conducted Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist, on July 2, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 on July 3. He led the Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in the Asian Premiere of Marsalis’s The Jungle (Symphony No. 4), commissioned and premiered by the Philharmonic in December 2016 as the first of The New York Commissions, part of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, on July 7.

Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen conducted a Young People’s Concert on July 4, hosted in Mandarin by media personality Dashan, featuring selections from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, as well as works by Very Young Composers of New York City and Shanghai inspired by Dvořák’s New World Symphony and its theme of home. On July 8 the Philharmonic presented a Very Young Composers workshop led by Artistic Director, Very Young Composers, Jon Deak and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Teaching Artists, as well as musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

View slideshows and videos from the residencies, Global Academy Fellowship Program Zarin Mehta Fellows visits, and more

Starr International Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership.

The Global Academy Fellowship Program, in association with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, is supported in part by The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, Inc., an anonymous donor, and other gifts made toward the Zarin Mehta Fund.

Major support for Very Young Composers is provided by Susan and Elihu Rose.

Additional funding is provided by Muna and Basem Hishmeh; Mr. and Mrs. A. Slade Mills, Jr.; The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund; the Solender Family Funds; and the UJA-Federation of New York.