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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)

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)

PHOTOS: Shanghai Residency Concludes

That's a wrap. The New York Philharmonic has completed its first annual performance residency as part of the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (presented by the Starr International Foundation). The eight days of concerts and coachings included the first-ever Young People’s Concert in China — in which the Orchestra’s ranks included Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, and which featured music by Very Young Composers of Shanghai and New York City, a Bernstein triptych, and the Chinese premiere of a work by Philharmonic Board Member Karen T. LeFrak with a dynamic video by NYC & Company. The residency and partnership is part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

WATCH: Emanuel Ax Performs Mozart in Shanghai

Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the Orchestra and Emanuel Ax in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 during a rehearsal on July 8, 2015, in the Chamber Hall of Shanghai Symphony Hall. The concert, on July 10, closes the first annual performance residency of the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership.

(Video: Chris Lee)

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