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2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West Named

Posted August 11, 2015

New York Philharmonic Global Academy Zarin Mehta Fellows Music Academy of the West

They came, they played, they conquered.

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West have been selected to participate in the second year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2016.

They will travel to New York for a ten-day training program, including rehearsing and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Described by Alan 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: Carl Anderson (20), double bass; Benjamin Hoffman (25), violin; Maki Kubota (23), cello; Nikolette LaBonte (20), horn; Rainer Saville (23), trumpet; José Martínez (30), tuba; Rebecca Reale (22), violin; Samuel Sparrow (20), clarinet; Mark Teplitsky (23), flute; and Naho Zhu (22), bassoon.

(Photo: Chris Lee)