我们的长笛导师，翁斯贝，从上海开始她的音乐旅程，最终进入了德国艺术德国柏林艺术大学。在跟随中国和欧洲的大师学习之后，她被选拔为澳门乐团的长笛首席，将长笛的天籁之音和她初中的音乐才华带回祖国。第一小提琴导师黄欣，在七岁时从北京搬到了休斯顿。黄欣毕业于克利夫兰音乐学院和茱莉亚学院，目前在纽约爱乐担任乐团首席。而我们的打击乐导师莫徒生（Gert Mortensen）为我们讲述了另外一种音乐人生，他在丹麦皇家音乐学院担任教授，但他对中国文化和中国音乐十分着迷，每年都来到中国参加各种音乐演出。他与中国多个乐团合作担任独奏， 并登上了CCTV进行演出。他在中国被任命为中国音乐经验与交流外国专家，并且他是第一个位于欧洲的音乐孔子学院的联合创始人。
In previous blog posts, we discussed the National Youth Orchestra of China’s mission and components. This new summer youth-orchestra project will bring selected Chinese musicians to the United States for two weeks of rehearsals and training before debuting in Carnegie Hall on July 22nd and then embarking on a three-city concert tour of China. Although we do not yet know the names and backgrounds of the students who will make up the orchestra (the application deadline is March 15th), we know those of the many mentors who will work with and inspire these students.
The 15 teaching artists—professional musicians who will instruct the students and lead sectional rehearsals—make up the bulk of NYO-China’s mentorship team. They currently work at orchestras and universities all around the world, from Indiana to Germany to Macau; however, they have much in common. Almost all of the teaching artists come from musical families and were inspired by relatives—particularly their fathers—to pursue their instrument. Many of the woodwind and brass artists were asked by their school or teachers to switch from violin or piano to the instrument that has now become their life’s passion. In addition, all but one of the artists were born and raised in China, most remaining in their home country through high school and beyond before studying abroad. Their common and divergent life paths give them a wealth of wisdom to pass on to the young students of NYO-China.
For example, NYO-China’s flute teaching artist, Sibei Weng, began her studies in Shanghai but eventually enrolled in German arts universities. After learning from many of the Chinese and European masters, she won the principal flute position of the Macao Orchestra and returned to China to share her talents and musical voice with her home country. Violinist Frank Huang, on the other hand, moved from Beijing to Houston at the young age of 7. Now the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, all of Frank’s studies took place in America at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music and Juilliard School. To provide yet another example of the direction a teaching artist’s life path can take, we turn to Gert Mortensen, professor of percussion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Born and raised in Denmark, Gert becomes increasingly involved in the world of Chinese music each year. From his many solo performances with Chinese orchestras to his appearance on CCTV, Gert has even adopted a Chinese name (Mo Tu Sheng). He was officially appointed in China to be the expert on the Experience and Exchange of Chinese Music and is cofounder of the world’s first Music Confucius Institute, located in Europe.
Other teaching artists have dabbled in music administration, toured with chamber groups, had solo careers and teach at renowned conservatories. In their interactions with these teaching artists, NYO-China students will have the chance to learn about all the twists and turns a musician’s life can take and will gain insight into how to be successful in following one’s passion. The teaching artists live in different places, studied at different schools, have different sources of inspiration and play different instruments; yet they all unequivocally have one thing in common: a love of cooking and good food! For the members of NYO-China, it will no doubt be an enriching, rewarding and delicious summer.
Tickets for the orchestra’s inaugural concert at Carnegie Hall are now available here.