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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!

Fellows from Shanghai Orchestra Academy Experience a Week as a Philharmonic Musician

Last week the New York Philharmonic hosted the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program’s first international Zarin Mehta Fellows, four students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy selected by audition for a week-long immersion in the life of an orchestral musician. The Fellows rehearsed and performed Beethoven with the Orchestra, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, in the Concerts in the Parks. They also had one-on-one lessons, toured the Philharmonic Archives, and explored New York City.

Rice University Fellows Begin Immersion with New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

Five students from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music are in New York City for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, described by Music Director Alan Gilbert as “an unparalleled window into the real life of the orchestral musician.”

During their New York residency, which runs through May 29, the Zarin Mehta Fellows train and play alongside Philharmonic musicians under the direction of David Robertson at David Geffen Hall, and rehearse and perform chamber music with Philharmonic musicians. The fellows also participate in mock auditions, take lessons with Philharmonic musicians, attend a seminar by Jennifer Johnson titled “What Every Orchestral Musician Needs to Know About the Body,” tour the Philharmonic Archives, attend concerts, and meet with management. The photo above shows the Fellows in an Orchestra Committee Panel Discussion on May 23.

Violinists Jae-Won Bang, MuChen Jessica Hsieh, and Laura Liu; violist Sergein Yap; and double bassist Caleb Quillen make up the latest group of Zarin Mehta Fellows, selected by audition in the fall of 2015 when Philharmonic musicians traveled to Rice to teach, also as part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between the Philharmonic and the Shepherd School of Music.

Follow along at home through Zarin Mehta Fellow Laura Liu's excellent Instagram account:

 

(Top Photo: Chris Lee)

Music Academy of the West Fellows Begin Ten-Day Immersion with New York Philharmonic Jan. 2

Music Academy of the West Zarin Mehta Fellows New York Philharmonic 2016

They’re coming.

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West, that is.

The lucky ten are coming to the Philharmonic January 2–12 for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, an immersion in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance. They are the second group of Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West, a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

They’ll take lessons from, rehearse with, and shadow Philharmonic musicians, rehearse and perform in a private chamber concert at The Morgan Library & Museum, take mock auditions, and join Philharmonic Teaching Artists at schools in Queens and the Bronx.

Shepherd School of Music Students Named for Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program

Last week, students at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music auditioned for the rare opportunity to spend a week sitting among Philharmonic musicians, learning on the job.

Today the seven lucky students selected for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program were announced: violinists Jae-Won Bang (29), MuChen Jessica Hsieh (22), and Laura Liu (23); violist Sergein Yap (27); cellist Abraham Feder (30); and double bassists Andrew Pedersen (22) and Caleb Quillen (24).

The students will travel to New York in May 2016 for a week of immersive activities in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life — including training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians — 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.

Congratulations!

2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West Named

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)

PHOTOS: Music Academy of the West Inaugural Performance Residency

This week the New York Philharmonic completed its first performance residency at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West, the first American partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, which couples concerts with instruction to train the next generation of orchestral musicians. The residency began with Music Academy students and Philharmonic musicians working together in a side-by-side reading of Mahler's Fifth, continued with lessons and master classes, and closed with the Philharmonic’s Santa Barbara Bowl debut with an all-American program led by Music Director Alan Gilbert. 

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