From June 11 to 17, four musicians from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy traveled to New York City to participate in the 2016 New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The four Shanghai Orchestra Academy 2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows are violinist Aolie Wu (24), violist Tong Ba (29), oboist Shuang Lv (28), and bassoonist Hui Zhang (24). During their week in New York, they have received individual lessons and performed alongside Philharmonic musicians in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) at the Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Park. The two-year fellowship program, launched in 2014 as a joint endeavor of the Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, is designed to address the need for advanced, post-graduate orchestral training in China. Previous participants in the New York Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program have come from Music Academy of the West in California and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Texas. In July, the New York Philharmonic will travel to Shanghai for its second performance residency there, which will include a Young People’s Concert, a Very Young Composers workshop and performance, and a free outdoor concert featuring the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet.
Posted June 17, 2016
Pictured: Violist Tong Ba, one of four international Shanghai Orchestra Academy 2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows, in rehearsal at David Geffen Hall this week with the New York Philharmonic. Photo by Chris Lee