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Shanghai Orchestra Academy Fellows Experience Immersion with New York Philharmonic

This week, the New York Philharmonic is hosting five Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) students selected by audition for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — a week-long immersion in the life of an orchestral musician. The students, known as Zarin Mehta Fellows, are taking lessons with Philharmonic musicians, and rehearsing and performing alongside them in the Orchestra’s free Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. Read More...

2018 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Shanghai Orchestra Academy Named

This past week, students at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) auditioned for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train and play among Philharmonic musicians, learning about the life of an orchestra musician from the inside.

Five lucky students — violinist Renchao Yu, violist Kuan Liu, flutist Fangyu Huang, clarinetist Yanru Chiu, and bassoonist Sihong Zhao — will travel to New York in June for a week of immersive activities in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life.

It’s all part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, a joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra that included the establishment of the SOA in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory.

Congrats and see you this summer!

(Photo courtesy of Shanghai Orchestra Academy)

Music Academy of the West Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

For the fourth consecutive year, the New York Philharmonic hosted a group of fellows from Music Academy of the West selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — an immersion in the life of an orchestra musician.

From January 18 to 29, ten fellows, selected by audition, came to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows, working closely with Philharmonic musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching. They even rehearsed and played alongside Philharmonic musicians in selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet for the Orchestra’s January 25–27 subscription concerts conducted by Stéphane Denève. “Different musical tableaux sprung vividly to life bringing to mind choreographic images,” concluded the review in Bachtrack. “One couldn’t ask for much more.” Read More...

Shepherd School of Music Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

For the second consecutive year, the New York Philharmonic hosted a group of fellows from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — an immersion in the life of an orchestra musician.

From April 22–30 six fellows, selected by audition, came to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows, working closely with Philharmonic musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching. They even rehearsed and played alongside Philharmonic musicians in Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra during the subscription concerts April 27 and 29, conducted by The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read More...

Music Academy of the West Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

Zarin Mehta Fellows New York Philharmonic

For the third consecutive year, the New York Philharmonic hosted a group of fellows from Music Academy of the West selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — an immersion in the life of an orchestra musician.

From January 6 to 15 eleven fellows, selected by audition, came to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows, working closely with Philharmonic musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching. They even rehearsed and played alongside Philharmonic musicians in Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 for the subscription concerts January 11–14, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Read More...

Rice University Students Named for Global Academy Fellowship Program

Rice University Shepherd Schoo of Music NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship 

Last week, wind, brass, and percussion students at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music auditioned for the opportunity to train and play amongst New York Philharmonic musicians, learning about the life of an orchestra musician from the inside.

Today the six students selected for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — the second group of Global Academy Fellows from Rice — were announced: clarinetist John Diodati (25), oboist Tamer Edlebi (28), trumpet player Daniel Egan (25), flutist Kayla Faurie (23), percussionist Robert O’Brien (26), and bassoonist Benjamin Roidl-Ward (24).

The Shepherd School students will travel to New York in April 2017 for a week of immersive activities in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life — including training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra's Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence — 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, launched in fall 2015.

Congrats and see you in April!

Rice University Shepherd Schoo of Music NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Phoebe Bobby Tudor 

Photos: (top, courtesy of Rice University) April 2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (bottom, by Jennifer Taylor) Rice University president David Leebron and his wife, Y. Ping Sun, and Bobby Tudor — Rice Board Chairman, New York Philharmonic Board Member, and New York Philharmonic Global Academy sponsor — and his wife, Phoebe Tudor

2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West Named

New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West have been selected to participate in the third year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2017.

They will travel to New York for a ten-day training program, including rehearsing and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians in Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 for the subscription concerts January 11–14, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Described by 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: Kevin Chen, violin; Minji Choi, cello; Michael Daley, percussion; Kaelan Decman, double bass; Ao Peng, viola; Emily Switzer, violin; Alexander Volkov, violin; Jack Walters, clarinet; Justin Woo, violin; and Hyeree Yu, viola. 2016 Global Academy Fellow Rainer Saville, trumpet, deferred his participation and will be joining the Global Academy in 2017.

Congratulations, and see you in New York!

(Photo: Music Academy of the West)

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)

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