Young musicians ‘Beyond Dreams’

MORE than 100 selected young artists will present their musical works at a concert themed “Beyond Dreams” at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center on July 28, after their training and world premiere in the United States.

The 105 artists, aged from 14 to 21 years old, were members of the first annual program of the newly established China’s National Youth Orchestra, or NYO-China.

They will receive two weeks of training in the US under the guidance of 15 professional musicians, and then present a series of concerts starting with Carnegie Hall on July 22.

Conducted by Ludovic Morlot, the musicians will present Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor,” Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’” and Chinese composer Zhou Long’s “Taigu Ryme.” Pianist Olga Kern will also participate.

The members of the NYO-China were selected from more than 500 hopefuls in a process announced last December. Apart from those from conservatories and attached middle schools in China and around the world, nine students from non-music institutions also won seats in the orchestra.

“We have students from families with a rich tradition of classical music and those who will be the first musician in their family in generations,” said Frank Mazurco, senior advisor for strategic outreach with the NYO-China.

“It includes students from major cities and students born far outside development — students who will go on to careers as performing artists and, no doubt, those who will apply their many skills to challenge in other fields.

“Two things unite all of these young musicians — a love for music and a common nationality and heritage. And for all its diversity, what will be most special about this class of 2017 is that common heritage,” he added, “because together they will serve as undeniable evidence to the world of the remarkable things happening in China.”

NYO-China was founded just over a year ago by three young Yale University graduates seeking to give other young people a platform to do remarkable things.

The selected musicians will take off for training in the US on July 8. They will receive classes on how to play in a symphony, ensembles and even how to prepare for auditions and exams.

Their 15 teachers in the US will be led by Morlot of the Seattle Symphony and Cai Jindong of Stanford University Symphony Orchestra.

They will also participate in a series of art-related programs there, including campus visits, master lectures and joint rehearsals with the NYO-USA.

“It will be both an opportunity and challenge for both the young musicians and myself as well,” said Morlot. “It is not easy to create music with more than 100 people together. But after hearing their audition clips, I am aware of the colorful elements that they will bring to NYO-China.

“I am confident that we can take the challenge and made beautiful music together.”

Xia Liyuan, a 17-year-old violin player from the Middle School attached to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, is looking forward to the journey.

“I hope that I can improve in cooperative consciousness and in my capability in the orchestra, which is said to be very important for a mature musician and what I might quite lack at present,” said Xia.


Date: July 28, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong New Area

Tickets: 80 yuan

Tel: 6854-1234