NYO-China的评委和音乐导师对学生强大的综合素质都给予了极高的评价。竞争激烈是本届选拔的明显特征，大号声部从12名申请人中选拔1人。每位学生的材料都经过了初选和复审两轮选拔：第一轮，试听视频由两位来自专业管弦乐团的评委评分，他们来自大都会歌剧院管弦乐团（Metropolitan Opera Orchestra）、波士顿芭蕾乐团（Boston Ballet Orchestra）等顶尖乐团。在第一轮获得较高分数的学生将进入复审阶段。复审阶段将由特邀指挥路多维克·莫洛、艺术总监蔡金冬以及各乐器声部导师组成的评审委员会亲自决定人选。评委将在初选分数的基础上，再次审核申请者的演奏视频，并结合其简历、推荐信中展示的音乐经历进行综合评判，选拔出合格的乐团成员。
The applications for the first National Youth Orchestra of China are in and the selected members of the orchestra have been notified! These one hundred young musicians will soon embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they work with the world’s best musicians, perform in Carnegie Hall and across China, and make history. The quality and diversity of the applicant pool serves as enthusiastic evidence of how rapidly classical music is currently developing in China.
The applicant pool for this year’s program was extraordinarily strong, with many judges and teaching artists noting the high quality of students’ playing. All sections (including tuba, with 12 applicants auditioning for one spot!) are extremely competitive for the 2017 season. Every student’s submission proceeded through two rounds of review; for the first, the audition videos were evaluated by anonymous judges—professional musicians who currently hold orchestral positions in ensembles such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Boston Ballet Orchestra. Those who received a high ranking in the first round were then reviewed by a selection committee including teaching artists and Artistic Director Jindong Cai. Many hours of careful review went in to finalizing the members of the orchestra!
Contrary to expectations of a Beijing- and Shanghai-dominated orchestra, the applicants represent vast geographic diversity. Although a large portion of the students grew up in one of three major Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou), 31 Chinese provinces and autonomous territories were represented, including Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang in the north; Xinjiang in the west; and Macau and Hong Kong in the south. There were also applicants from Chinese citizens currently living in the United States, Germany, Canada, Singapore and Denmark. Clearly, some of these students already have experience as global musical ambassadors!
When asked about this year’s applicant pool, Artistic Director Cai noted, “The quality of these applications is very impressive. It shows how deeply classical music has developed in China.” A key goal of the NYO-China program is to inspire students to take a leadership role in helping grow classical music back in their hometowns. With how geographically diverse the applicants are, this post-program initiative will have more force than even the program’s founders could have hoped. Aiming to expand this initiative still further, he said, “We hope in the future we can give even more young musicians these opportunities.”
The members of NYO-China 2017 will be announced in early May.
Tickets for the inaugural concert at Carnegie Hall are now available here.
Learn more about NYO-China at nyochina.org.