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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.

Shanghai Orchestra Academy Graduates First Class

Shanghai Orchestra Academy New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

Today the New York Philharmonic's Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership passed another milestone, when the inaugural class of young musicians graduated from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA). The Commencement, held in Shanghai Symphony Hall’s Chamber Hall, took place while the Philharmonic is in Shanghai for its second annual performance residency as part of the Partnership, so many of the Orchestra’s musicians who served as SOA faculty were able to attend, as did Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien (far left).

The graduates include Tong Ba, Shuang Lv, and Hui Zhang, who traveled to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, performing in the Philharmonic in mid-June as part of their studies.

Opened in September 2014, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy is a cornerstone of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, which provides advanced, post-graduate orchestral training. The students who graduated today studied Orchestra Performance, Chamber Music, Musicianship Skills for Orchestral Performance, and more with the insights and guidance of a faculty that includes New York Philharmonic musicians. For more information on SOA enrollment and curriculum, visit their website.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Trifonov and Prokofiev in Shanghai

The Scherzo: Vivace from Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 is "a tour de force of perpetual motion," Michael Steinberg wrote. That also describes pianist Daniil Trifonov, who even dances a bit (1:07).

This is from a rehearsal in Shanghai Symphony Hall on July 2; the concert that night kicked off the New York Philharmonic's second annual performance residency as part of its Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership.

(Video: Chris Lee)

Jazzy Brass on a Shanghai Summer Night

Just weeks after the Concerts in the Parks, the New York Philharmonic brought its longstanding love of free outdoor concerts to Shanghai.

Here are excerpts of "New York, New York" and "That's a Plenty" from a free public outdoor concert at Shanghai's Urban Music Lawn performed by the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet on July 5, 2016, during the Philharmonic's second annual performance residency as part of its Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership.

(Video: Chris Lee)

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.

Summer 2016 Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership Details Announced

New York Philharmonic Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership 

Today we announced plans for the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership’s summer activities: four students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) will travel to NYC for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, June 11–17, and the Philharmonic will travel to Shanghai for its second annual performance residency, July 2–8.

If you’re in New York in June, you can catch the four lucky SOA students — violinist Aolie Wu, violist Tong Ba, oboist Shuang Lv, and bassoonist Hui Zhang — in action. Their week of activities will include playing Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony alongside the Orchestra, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, at the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, in Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

If you’re in Shanghai in July, you can catch the Philharmonic’s second annual performance residency there. The residency will include performances with soloists Daniil Trifonov and Gil Shaham; a complete screening of Chaplin’s City Lights with the score performed live; a Young People’s Concert featuring media personality Dashan and music by Very Young Composers; SOA activities including master classes, lessons, coachings, and a side-by-side Philharmonic rehearsal with Academy students; a Very Young Composers workshop and performance; a free, public, outdoor concert featuring the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet; and the graduation ceremony for SOA’s first class.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

WATCH: Violinist Elizabeth Zeltser in Andy Akiho’s Ping Pong Concerto

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.

Philharmonic Teaching Artists Visit Philippines’ Ang Misyon

New York Philharmonic Education Around the World

The recently-concluded first year of the New York Philharmonic–Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership included the first-ever Young People's Concert in China, with music by Very Young Composers of Shanghai and New York City. But New York Philharmonic educational contributions around the world this summer didn’t stop there!

From Shanghai, Vice President, Education, Theodore Wiprud and two New York Philharmonic teaching artists — Katie Kresek, violin, and Stephen Dunn, trombone — went to the Philippines to visit Ang Misyon, one of the newest and fastest-growing disciple organizations of the famous El Sistema program in Venezuela.

This informal delegation spent time with Orchestra of Filipino Youth, the flagship youth orchestra of Ang Misyon, as well as nine satellite sites in impoverished urban and rural settings. They worked with kids ages 6 to 20 on musical technique, interpretation, and practice habits, and met with faculty to learn more about their challenges and needs.

Here are a few photos:

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

(Photos: Theodore Wiprud)

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