2017 Inaugural Tour
To Carnegie & Back
NYO-China’s inaugural season brought together 105 remarkable young musicians, selected from a pool of over a thousand applicants, for a historic training residency and concert tour of the United States and China. After two weeks of rehearsal, NYO-China made its international debut in Carnegie Hall on July 22nd, 2017, featuring Ludovic Morlot, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang, before continuing on to perform in premier venues in Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern.
Ludovic Morlot
CONDUCTOR
Ludovic Morlot is a bright star among a new generation of international conductors, serving as the principal conductor of the Seattle Symphony and a frequent guest conductor of the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. As conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Morlot won the 2016 GRAMMY Award for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for conducting Augustin Hadelich in Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto. Prior to his tenure at the Seattle Symphony, Morlot served as the conductor-in-residence at the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) under David Robertson from 2002 to 2004 where he led ONL’s two youth orchestras. Beyond his duties at the Seattle Symphony, Morlot is also the chair of orchestral conducting studies at the University of Washington.
Yuja Wang
SOLOIST (NEW YORK)
Yuja Wang is one of the world’s most sought-after pianists and was named Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year. Born in Beijing, Wang started playing the piano at the age of six and, only one year later, began studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2001, she was named a Steinway Artist and in 2002, she began studying with Gary Graffman at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Among her many other accolades are the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award, the 2009 Gramophone Classic FM’s Young Artist of the Year Award, and the 2011 ECHO KLASSIK Young Artist of the Year Award. Her impeccable technique, intelligent musical interpretations, and indelible star power make Yuja Wang an inspiration to young musicians around the world.
Olga Kern
SOLOIST (CHINA)
A Steinway Artist, Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is recognized as one of her generation's great pianists. The First Prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen years old, Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. She kicked off her US career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. Kern's discography includes her GRAMMY-nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), Brahms Variations (2007), and Chopin Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 (2010). In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of the Seventh Van Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition.




If [the performance at Carnegie Hall] was a test run for this new venture, these Chinese musicians scored big.
— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times




Carnegie Hall
NYO-China gave its international debut at Carnegie Hall on the evening of July 22, 2017 under the baton of Maestro Morlot and featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang. The 2804-seat Stern Auditorium was fully sold out, and the performance was broadcast live to audiences worldwide via medici.tv. In attendance were Carnegie Hall’s own NYO-USA, which gave its own debut the previous evening, and NYO-China’s own Teaching Artists, all of whom were eager to see how their students would perform on the big stage. They had little cause for concern: the New York Times would comment that “if [tonight]’s performance was a test run for this new venture, these Chinese musicians scored big.
BEIJING CONCERT HALL
After spending a day exploring New York City, the orchestra continued on to Beijing, where it was joined by Van Cliburn Gold Medal winner Olga Kern for a performance in the Beijing Concert Hall. The orchestra was honored to be introduced in Beijing by acclaimed composer Ye Xiaogang, who also arranged the orchestra's encore piece, Thunder in a Drought.
SHANGHAI ORIENTAL ART CENTER
The next stop on tour brought the orchestra to the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, where it performed to an audience of over 2000 concert-goers, including many friends and family. The China Culture and Education Review would comment that ‘these students are heroes -- for China, and for classical music around the world.’
SUZHOU GRAND THEATER
NYO-China concluded its tour in Suzhou, where it performed in the city’s recently completed Culture and Arts Center. The performance was an emotional one for the orchestra’s students, as it brought to a close a deeply meaningful three weeks. After the last encore, students said their farewells and returned to their home cities with lifelong memories and a new company of friends.





Residency
NYO-China’s inaugural residency was held for two weeks in July of 2017 on the campus of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, just outside of New York City. There, NYO-China’s students participated in an intensive set of rehearsals meant to hone the instincts of each player and prepare the orchestra as a whole for its concert tour. On the weekends, members also had the opportunity to participate in several unique performance events and cultural excursions in the surrounding area, and to relax with their fellow musicians.
Rehearsals at East Stroudsburg
NYO-China’s students participated in an intensive set of rehearsals under the direction of Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot and NYO-China’s suite of distinguished Teaching Artists. These included full orchestral rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, private lessons, and a variety of workshops hosted by guest speakers such as Juilliard’s Alexander Technique Instructor Lori Schiff and improvisation expert Eugene Friesen. In their spare time, many students also formed small chamber ensembles to rehearse one or more of the great works from the chamber music repertoire.
CHAMBER CONCERT AT YALE UNIVERSITY
Midway through their residency, NYO-China’s students visited the campus of Yale University and its School of Music for a day of exploration and enjoyment. Several of NYO-China’s chamber ensembles also performed their chosen work in Sprague Hall at the School of Music, in a concert which was live-streamed around the world.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE & REHEARSAL WITH NYO-USA
On July 16, NYO-China joined Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA for an afternoon of cultural exchange and music-making at the State University of New York at Purchase. After a barbeque and a friendly game of ping-pong, the two orchestras rehearsed side-by-side under the direction of Maestro Morlot and NYO-USA Orchestra Director James Ross.
NPR FROM THE TOP WITH CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY
NYO-China was featured on NPR’s From the Top with Christopher O’Riley in its own dedicated show. Maestro Morlot led the orchestra in performances of The Rhyme of Taigu and the New World Symphony, and several of NYO-China’s students performed solo works and shared their experiences growing up as a musician in China.
Teaching Artists
NYO-China’s suite of fifteen Teaching Artists perform as principal members of some of the finest orchestras across three continents, and many teach currently in premier conservatories around the world. All faculty artists speak Mandarin fluently, and most were born and raised within China before going on to international careers. For NYO-China’s students, these mentors provide a wealth of technical expertise and an invaluable perspective on the challenges and opportunities they face as they develop their own careers as young artists.
Jindong Cai
Artistic Director
Stanford University
Professor of Performance
Frank Huang
Violin I
New York Philharmonic
Concertmaster
Qing Li
Violin II
Baltimore Symphony
Principal Second
Jay Liu
Viola
San Francisco Symphony
Associate Principal
Qiang Tu
Cello
New York Philharmonic
Daxun Zhang
Double Bass
University of Texas
Professor of Bass
Sibei Weng
Flute
Macau Orchestra
Principal
Yao Guang Zhai
Clarinet
Baltimore Symphony
Principal
Liang Wang
Oboe
New York Philharmonic
Principal
Fei Xie
Bassoon
Baltimore Symphony
Principal
Xiao Ming Han
Horn
German Radio Philharmonic
Principal
Guang Chen
Trumpet
Central Conservatory of Music
Professor of Trumpet
Wei Zhu
Trombone
Bremer Philharmonic
Principal
Haiyu Wang
Tuba
Jacobs School of Music
Gert Mortensen
Percussion
The Royal Danish Academy of Music
Professor
Jieyin Wu
Harp
Concert Harpist





Class of 2017
The 105 members of NYO-China’s inaugural class were selected through a competitive online audition process, chosen from over a thousand impressive young musicians who applied for admission. They hailed from 23 different provinces / administrative divisions throughout China, live and study on three continents, and attend 38 conservatories and educational institutions around the world. Together, they represent some of the finest musical talent of their generation.
Violin


Qian Chang
Hunan
Xinghai Conservatory of Music
Fengwan chen
Anhui
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Hanyu Feng
Henan
Middle School of the China Conservatory of Music
Lingxiao Feng
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music
Yiqing Fu
Guangdong
Shenzhen Art School
Chen Gu
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Molin Han
Shandong
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Yunmao Kang
Tianjin
Middle School of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music
Bihan Li
Hubei
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Hanke Li
Guangdong
Central Conservatory of Music
Hao Li
Beijing
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Ying Li
Sichuan
Soochow University School of Music
Yuqi Liang
Beijing
Beijing National Day School
Jianghui Ma
Tianjin
Middle School of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music
Qian Mingyuan Ma
Liaoning
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Xiaoman Qi
Liaoning
Central Conservatory of Music
Xiaoran Qu
United States
Montgomery Blair High School
Zili Sha
Anhui
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Xiachu Song
Hebei
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Jieming Tang
Anhui
The Juilliard School
Yuan Tian
Heilongjiang
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Caiwenjing Wang
Henan
Central Conservatory of Music
Hanbo Wang
Shanxi
Middle School of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music
Liyuan Xie
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Kun Yan
Hunan
Middle School of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music
Kexin Ye
Jiangsu
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Jiaqi Yu
Jilin
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Shiman Yu
Henan
Central Conservatory of Music
Chuxuejie Zhang
Hunan
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Mingen Zhang
Guangdong
The Carl Maria von Weber College of Music
Mingzhe Zhang
Jilin
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Shaobo Zhang
Henan
Central Conservatory of Music
Juchao Zhao
Anhui
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Yifan Zhou
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Viola


Haoyang Chen
Hunan
Middle School of the Xi'an Conservatory of Music
Juyuan Feng
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Shishi Gong
Shandong
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Qin He
Guizhou
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Wenhan Jiang
Jiangsu
Soochow University School of Music
Weilan Li
Guangdong
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Yuchen Lu
Anhui
New England Conservatory of Music
Zitian Lyu
Heilongjiang
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Lin Miao
Shandong
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Bochun Wang
Shanghai
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Zirui Wang
Shanxi
Central Conservatory of Music
Shike Yuan
Zhejiang
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Xiyao Zhang
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Siwei Zhu
Hunan
Renmin University of China
Cello


Shicong Li
Guangxi
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Zhihong Li
Guangdong
Mannes School of Music at the New School
Shangwen Liao
Fujian
The Juilliard School
Yunbei Liu
Heilongjiang
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Ziyue Ma
United States
Ward Melville High School
Shuni Mao
Heilongjiang
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Yu Pei
Hubei
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Lingling Piao
Jilin
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Yujing Shan
Beijing
Peking University
Mingyue Zhao
Henan
Central Conservatory of Music
Xinyue Zhu
Zhejiang
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Yuanyujie Zhu
Xinjiang
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Bass


Jintao He
Zhejiang
Soochow University School of Music
Wenqi Ji
Beijing
Central Conservatory of Music
Boyang Kang
Tianjin
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Zhenyuan Lu
Shanghai
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Xinyun Tu
Guangdong
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Mingyuan Wang
Guizhou
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Jinglin Zhu
Hebei
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Qian Zu
Hunan
China Conservatory of Music
Flute


Yiding Chen
Guangdong
Professional Children's School
Yajie Wang
Xinjiang
Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts
Zishu Xie
Sichuan
Overlin Conservatory of Music
Mengyi Xu
Guangxi
China Conservatory of Music
Clarinet


Yijin Wang
Hubei
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Ning Zhang
Shandong
The Juilliard School
Lirui Zheng
Guizhou
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Huibin Zou
Shandong
Cleveland Institute of Music
Oboe


Ming Liu
Zhejiang
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Yongqi Lu
Hubei
Humen Foreign Language School
Jiadi Pei
Guangdong
Mannes School of Music
Yirui Zhu
Anhui
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Bassoon


Chaoyang Jing
Shanxi
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Yanjiao Lyu
Shanxi
Beijing Xiqu Vocational Institute of Arts
Ye Yang
Sichuan
Chengdu No.7 Yucai Middle School
Yuanying Zhang
Gansu
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Trumpet


Yunze Lyu
Shandong
Shandong Qingdao No. 7 Middle School
Shanhui Sun
Henan
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Wentao Xiao
Beijing
Central Conservatory of Music
Huanyi Yang
Beijing
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
French Horn


Yehaoran Gao
Xinjiang
Central Conservatory of Music
Yicheng Gong
Shanghai
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Zhaohang Hu
Shandong
Jinan Foreign Language School
Lei Jin
Beijing
Beijing Yuren Secondary Vocational School
Beili Ouyang
Shanghai
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Yanjun Zhuo
Shanghai
Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts
Trombone


Puyuan Chen
Shanghai
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Hongyi Gu
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Bass Trombone


Jiajun Liu
Shandong
China Conservatory of Music
Tuba


Haonan Liao
Guangdong
Cleveland Institute of Music
Percussion


Siyuan Gao
Jiangsu
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Weihong Hu
Zhejiang
Central Conservatory of Music
Zhengze Liu
Beijing
Central Conservatory of Music
Chencheng Mi
Shanxi
Central Conservatory of Music
Bingchen Xin
Anhui
Shenzhen Art School
Zhiyi Zhou
Chongqing
Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music
Harp


Xinyue Zhang
Shanghai
Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music