First there was Ping Pong Diplomacy, and now there’s the Ping Pong Concerto.
New York Philharmonic violinist Elizabeth Zeltser was a featured soloist in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Andy Akiho’s Ping Pong Concerto during the closing concert of Shanghai’s Music In The Summer Air (MISA) festival, on July 18. Also featured were two actual ping pong players, Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing.
Zeltser stayed on in Shanghai after the Philharmonic’s concerts there earlier that month for the first residency as part of the New York Philharmonic–Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership.
If Akiho’s name is familiar, it’s because we commissioned and premiered his Oscillate in a CONTACT! concert in 2012. Also, his The rAy’s end was performed in a Philharmonic Ensembles concert at Merkin Concert Hall last January.