2019 Europe Tour
East Meets West
For its 2019 Season, the National Youth Orchestra of China is excited to travel to Europe – the birthplace of classical music – for the very first time. Accompanied by acclaimed pianist Garrick Ohlsson and led by returning conductor Ludovic Morlot, the full 100-piece ensemble will be making its way across the continent, performing at prestigious festivals including the Young Euro Classic where students will perform at the historic Konzerthaus in Berlin, and the Ravello Festival taking place on the Almafi Coast of Southern Italy.
Ludovic Morlot
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 Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Morlot recently 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.
Garrick Ohlsson
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson entered international stage when he became the first – and to this day, only – American to win the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970. Featured in the 2010 documentary The Art of Chopin, he is often considered one of the world’s foremost experts on music by the composer. His repertoire extends far beyond Chopin, however, and among his impressive recordings is a GRAMMY Award-winning volume of Beethoven Sonatas. Also a dedicated chamber musician, he has frequently worked with the Takács, Emerson, and the Tokyo string quartets. In 1994, Ohlsson was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Concert destinations to be announced soon.

Prior to its Beijing premiere and concert tour of Europe, the National Youth Orchestra of China will engage in an intensive two-week residency at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from July 18 to 31. There, students will participate in full orchestral rehearsals with guest conductor Ludovic Morlot, as well as sectional rehearsals and privte lessons with NYO-China’s suite of distinguished Teaching Artists. Additionally, students will also be exposed to various Master Classes, lectures and workshops, and opportunities for chamber music performance.
Central Conservatory of Music
Widely regarded as one of the best music conservatories in not just China but the entire world, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing is where the NYO-China’s 2019 class will reside and rehearse for two weeks in July. Founded in 1950, CCOM has taught some of China’s greatest artists in its over half-century history; among these include Lang Lang, Wu Man, and Yuja Wang. With over 53,000 square meters of space in central Beijing and innumerable musical resources within the campus, the Central Conservatory of Music will serve as an ideal home for NYO-China’s incoming ensemble to live and learn before embarking on their concert tour.
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.
Wen Qian
Violin I
MET Orchestra
Qing Li
Violin II
Baltimore Symphony
Principal Second
Ning Shi
Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Viola
Yunyin Gu
Seattle Symphony
Daxun Zhang
Double Bass
University of Texas
Professor of Bass
Yong Ma
China National Opera
Yao Guang Zhai
Baltimore Symphony
Chengwen Lai
Seattle Symphony
Fei Xie
Minnesota Orchestra
Xiao Ming Han
German Radio Philharmonic
Guang Chen
Central Conservatory of Music
Professor of Trumpet
Wei Zhu
Bremer Philharmonic
Haiyu Wang
China NCPA Orchestra
Associate Principal Tuba
She-e Wu
Northwestern University
Professor of Percussion
Jieyin Wu
Concert Harpist

Auditions will be virtual, with all candidates submitting their application materials through an online portal – Accepptd – accessible through the button below. Specific audition requirements vary by instrument, but all applicants must provide a résumé and video clips of various requested performances. This entails one solo piece of choice (applicants for violin must perform either an exposition of a Mozart concerto or a movement from a standard Romantic concerto) and three to five mandated excerpts. All Chinese citizens (including those of Hong Kong and Macau and regardless of whether or not they live abroad) who will be between the ages of 14 and 21 until August 10, 2019 will be eligible to apply. The application portal will open on January 16, 2019 and close on March 11, 2019. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply early. All applicants will receive written feedback from our judges – professional musicians with credentials from America’s top music conservatories – regardless of whether they are eventually selected as a member of the ensemble.