2020 Sinfonietta Series
Celebrating the Classics
In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, NYO-China will be upsizing its ordinarily anticipated chamber series into a sinfonietta comprising 46 exceptionally talented musicians. With an ensemble of this size, students will be able to perform masterworks of the Late Classical as their composers intended. Led by conductor Ludovic Morlot, students will perform for fans in Hangzhou, Nanjing, Beijing, and Shanghai, before making their way to Moscow for their eagerly awaited Eastern European debut.
Prior to its Shanghai premiere and concert tour of Europe, the National Youth Orchestra of China will engage in an intensive two-week residency at the Shanghai University School of Music from July 18 to July 31. There, students will participate in full orchestral rehearsals with guest conductor Ludovic Morlot, as well as sectional rehearsals and private lessons with NYO-China’s suite of distinguished Teaching Artists. Additionally, students will be exposed to various Master Classes, lectures and workshops, and opportunities for chamber music performance.
Teaching Artists
In preparation for their concerts throughout China and in Moscow, the sinfonietta will rehearse from July 11 to July 25 at a soon-to-be-announced conservatory in China – the first week dedicated to sectional rehearsals, master classes, workshops, and one-on-one rehearsals with our venerated faculty, and the second week devoted to full orchestral rehearsals with Maestro Ludovic Morlot. All throughout, students will also have an opportunity to work with similarly talented peers to present exceptional realizations of some of their favorite works in chamber music.
Stilian Kirov
Resident Conductor
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director
Frank Huang
Violin I
New York Philharmonic
Qing Li
Violin II
Baltimore Symphony
Principal Second Violin
Jay Liu
San Francisco Symphony
Associate Principal Viola
Qiang Tu
Cello and Double Bass
New York Philharmonic
Yao Guang Zhai
Flute Clarinet
Baltimore Symphony
Principal Clarinet
Fei Xie
Oboe and Bassoon
Minnesota Orchestra
Principal Bassoon
Xiao-Ming Han
French Horn and Trumpet
German Radio Philharmonic
Principal French Horn
In addition to rehearsing with their designated faculty, students performing Double Bass, Flute, Oboe will partake in private lessons with: Daxun Zhang (Professor of Double Bass at Tianjin Juilliard), Yong Ma (Principal Flute at the China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra, Minghong Sun (Professor of Oboe at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music). Students performing trumpet will also be able to take private lessons with a similarly revered artist.
Auditions will be virtual, with all candidates submitting their application materials through the online portal Acceptd. Specific audition requirements vary by instrument, but all applicants must provide 1) a résumé, 2) a one- to two-minute video essay explaining why they would like to be in the orchestra, and 3) videos of various requested performances. These recordings entail one to two solo pieces (either a piece of your choice, or of several given options), and three to five mandated excerpts. Optional excerpts may also be found for certain auxiliary instruments.
All Chinese citizens (including those from Hong Kong or Macau, and regardless of whether or not they currently live abroad) who will be between the ages of 14 and 21 for the entire duration of the 2020 season (from July 10 to August 8) will be eligible to apply. This includes anyone born between August 8, 1998 and July 10, 2006. The application portal will open on December 23, 2019 and close on February 17, 2020 at 23:59 CST (China Standard Time). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply early.
Every applicant will receive written feedback from our judges – professional musicians with credentials from top conservatories in the United States or Europe – regardless of whether they are eventually selected as a member of the ensemble.