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To Shanghai, with Love

Though we can’t travel this year, we refused to let that stop us from participating in the annual Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership, a joint endeavor between the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, to help train and inspire the next generation of orchestral musicians through instructional and performance activities. The visit to China has been postponed to the summer of 2021. Starr International Foundation has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership for six years.


Instead of planned trip to Shanghai for performances as well as instruction at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA), scheduled for last month, in July the Philharmonic is participating in a variety of online projects.


Today SOA launched a virtual side-by-side performance of a selection from the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, featuring 50 Philharmonic musicians and 30 SOA students, released today (above).


Three Philharmonic principal players are giving one-on-one masterclasses. They are Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Flute Robert Langevin, and Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, to be shared with SOA students and with students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and non-professional young players. Here’s one of them.


The new Philharmonic Sound of SOA series includes seven videos of past performances by Philharmonic musicians and SOA students. Each is introduced by a Philharmonic musician who participated in the performances: Concertmaster Frank Huang, violist Vivek Kamath, cellist Patrick Jee, Principal Flute Robert Langevin, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, Associate Principal Trombone Colin Williams, and Principal Tuba Alan Baer.  Here’s a taste.


Other activities include online auditions and a virtual graduation ceremony, which included a commencement address by Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda. In it she said:


Music nurtures. Music heals. Now and in the years to come, more than ever, the world will need music. Yes, much is uncertain about the coming months and years, but one thing is sure. Music will be needed. And you will be needed. Yours is the generation that will create the new paradigm for music in a world that is changing quickly, and you have the tools to meet that challenge. You will help to forge a more profound connection, and more timely connection, between our music and our public.”


Learn more about this international collaboration — including photos and video of past highlights, and how to enroll —


See you next summer!


PHOTOS: Nanjing Debut and Shanghai Return

The New York Philharmonic’s fifth annual trip to China as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership, presented by Starr International Foundation, concluded with the Orchestra’s debut in Nanjing. Then the musicians returned to Shanghai, where they taught the next generation of orchestral musicians at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy — a two-year post-graduate program co-founded by the Philharmonic — and regaled audiences in two concerts led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden.

PHOTOS: Guangzhou Debut

Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic send greetings from China, where they are performing five concerts in three cities: the Orchestra’s first-ever appearances in Guangzhou and Nanjing, and their return to Shanghai as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership — presented by Starr International Foundation — a joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO). View photos from their visit to Guangzhou, and check back for dispatches from Nanjing and Shanghai.

Philharmonic Musicians Make Beautiful Music with Shanghai Orchestra Academy Students in Teaching Visit

Four Philharmonic musicians — Principal Bass Tim Cobb, violist Vivek Kamath, Associate Principal Bassoon Kim Laskowski, and Associate Principal Trombone Colin Williams — just got back from Shanghai, where they gave master classes, taught lessons, and provided chamber music coaching to students at Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA). They also performed with SOA students at two chamber concerts. Read More...

PHOTOS: 2018 Shanghai Residency Concludes

The New York Philharmonic’s fourth annual Shanghai performance residency concluded with a New York–themed concert featuring music by former Philharmonic Music Director Leonard Bernstein and Gershwin, whom the late maestro championed. After the residency, Very Young Composers of Shanghai saw the World Premieres of their original music, composed under the guidance of New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra educators. The Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership is presented by Starr International Foundation.