1月30日，Arch Street Press Blog发表了首篇名为《属于世界的青少年交响乐团》文章，隆重介绍了中华青少年交响乐团。这支为中国14至21岁年轻音乐家打造的管弦乐团将在2017年7月22日登上卡内基音乐厅献上乐团首演，以此开启中美两地的音乐会巡回演出。NYO-China不仅将在训练营期间磨炼学员作为音乐家的素养，还将为学员提供一个向全世界展示中华文化和音乐才华的平台。
举例来说，脱颖而出的学生将跟随世界知名导师学习，这15名音乐导师代表了管弦乐队各乐器声部的最高水平。他们来自世界各地最顶尖的管弦乐团，目前在美国、欧洲、亚洲各地担任乐团要职，而他们最初的音乐之旅都是从中国启程的。此外，中国钢琴家王羽佳将在卡内基与乐团合作呈现精彩演出，美籍俄罗斯钢琴家奥尔加·科恩将在中国音乐会巡演担任钢琴独奏。科恩对即将到来的NYO-China中国巡演十分期待，她说：“对于这些年轻的音乐家，每一个音符都是珍宝。他们求知若渴，想在这里获得灵感。不论是音乐会演出还是排练，灵感和启发都是双向的 —— 他们将启发我、我也将启发他们。我太期待这次旅程了。”
On January 30th, the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China) was introduced to readers of the Arch Street Press blog as a “National Youth Orchestra for the World.” This new initiative, an orchestra made up of Chinese citizens ages 14 to 21 and set to debut in Carnegie Hall on July 22nd, will tour the US and China this summer and the rest of the globe in years to come. NYO-China will not only enhance the talents of the selected student musicians through a rigorous concert-tour training residency beforehand, but will create a platform for the students to share their culture and musical gifts with the rest of the world.
NYO-China’s global nature is evident in more than just its concert tours: apparent in every aspect of the program, meaning that NYO-China could also be thought of as a “National Youth Orchestra of the World.”
For instance, the artists with whom the selected students will be working are representative of an increasingly globalized world. The 15 teaching artists, representing all sections of the orchestra, currently work and perform in a variety of places including mainland China, Macau, Europe and the United States, yet almost all of them began their musical journeys in China. In addition, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang will be featured in the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut and Russian-American soloist Olga Kern at the Chinese venues. When asked about her upcoming opportunity to work with NYO-China, Kern said, “For the students, every note is a jewel and they want to learn something new and be inspired. In the concerts and rehearsals, the inspiration will go both ways—they will inspire me and I will inspire them. I can’t wait.”
French conductor Ludovic Morlot, currently the music director of the Seattle Symphony, will lead the orchestra’s concerts. “An initiative like NYO-China can inspire a whole generation of young people—musicians and non-musicians—to really understand what dialogue, clash of culture, curiosity, tolerance and pride can bring to one’s own development as a human being. I think all of us involved in NYO-China will experience and witness on the human level something that will be as strong as what will happen musically.”
In addition, the student musicians themselves might hail from any corner of the globe, as all Chinese citizens—regardless of where they currently reside—are encouraged to apply. NYO-China has already received many applications from students living in China, of course, but also those in Australia, Europe, North America and more. Consequently, NYO-China will reunite all of these musicians who call China their homeland, culminating in a stunning homecoming: a concert tour of China featuring the members’ enormous talent. Before its inaugural members have even sounded their first note together, NYO-China has united musicians across the globe over a shared love of music and desire to inspire the next generation of artists.