The New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced a four-year partnership on an orchestral academy in Shanghai, as well as annual performance residencies by the Philharmonic in Shanghai through the 2017-18 season.
The orchestral academy will address a need for specialized training of orchestra musicians, identified by Long Yu, music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, as one of the main issues of orchestral development in Asia and an area that the New York Philharmonic will be exploring in the context of a global strategy.
New York Philharmonic musicians will provide high-level orchestral training and instruction to academy students at the Shanghai Conservatory through three week-long sessions each season, beginning in the fall of 2014, plus one session during each of the Orchestra's residencies.
The first New York Philharmonic performance residency in Shanghai, Which will take place in the summer of 2015, will include orchestral concerts in or near Shanghai as well as a Young People's Concert, and additional Academy activities, such as master classes and educational seminars.
"The partnership between the Shanghai Symphony and the New York Philharmonics is a wonderful way to have music as a common language between two of the world's greatest cities," said Gary W. Parr, chairman of the New York Philharmonic. "We expect this multifaceted relationship to bring the people of these communities even closer together."
"The New York Philharmonic is a very gracious host and partner as well as a vibrant and exciting performing ensemble," said Long Yu. "This new initiative takes our long-standing collaboration to an even deeper level, and I know that the Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, representing the best future orchestra players from all over Asia, will benefit greatly from the talent and wisdom of both the New York and Shanghai musicians.
Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world; on May 5, 2010, it performed its 15,000th concert, a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra in the world.
The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is the earliest and the most well-known ensemble of its kind in Asia. It has given more than 10, 000 concerts, including premiere performances of several thousand musical works, and has collaborated with many world-renowned conductors, soloists, and vocalists.