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Oh, the Places They’re Going!

Shanghai Orchestra Academy New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

The first class of instrumentalists in the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) graduated in July, and all of them have found jobs at important orchestras and opera companies.

The class of 2014 (the year they entered) successes include violinist Jing Wang and violist Yaorong Huang, who have joined the Shanghai Opera House orchestra; bassist Siyuan Qu and bassoonist Min Cheng, who have become members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (the latter as associate principal bassoon); and Tianhao Yao, who was appointed principal trumpet of the Hangzhou Philharmonic.

What's more, half of the class that entered in 2015 have already won positions: oboist Difan Yang has joined the Shanghai Opera House orchestra; trumpet player Yuchi Gao joined the Shanghai Symphony, and trombonist Yishan Xie and tuba player Xianguan Mu have joined the Ningbo Symphony Orchestra.

The SOA was established as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership — a joint endeavor of the Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, presented by Starr International Foundation — which was established to cultivate the next generation of orchestra musicians, with instruction from Philharmonic musicians and others.

Congratulations, all!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Second Annual Shanghai Performance Residency Concludes

Seven thousand miles and one week later, the New York Philharmonic's second annual Shanghai performance residency has come to a triumphant conclusion. The residency is part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (presented by The Starr International Foundation), a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. The week of concerts and coachings wrapped up with violinist Gil Shaham and Philharmonic cellists in the solo spotlight, Chaplin’s City Lights screened with the score performed live, Very Young Composers, a side-by-side rehearsal with Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, and seminars, workshops, lessons, and coachings led by Philharmonic musicians and administration.

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.

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)

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)

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)

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