A National Youth Orchestra for the World | 属于世界的青少年交响乐团

5 April 2017

 

人们常说,音乐是一门世界性的语言,不同国家、不同民族、不同年龄的人总能在音乐中找到共同的东西。你只需要让自己沉浸在音乐中,沉浸在激情澎湃的柴可夫斯基第一钢琴协奏曲中,或者庄重有力的德沃夏克第九交响曲中,你便能体会到音乐跨越时空、跨越人类局限的魅力。随着社会日益全球化,人们的沟通和交流变得容易了,与此同时,人们之间的隔阂也愈发显而易见。然而音乐却一次又一次证明,它有着打破所有隔阂的力量,让人们在音乐的世界里自由交流。

中美两国之间的联系日益紧密,从共同解决全球性问题,到教育、艺术等方面的合作方方面面都有所涉及。目前,有23万中国学生在美国学习、2.4万美国学生在中国学习,而这两个数字在可预见的未来将持续增长。许多学习音乐的学生都希望获得在国外学习的机会。通过与不同国家的同龄人分享自己对音乐的热爱,他们通过音乐建立友谊,由此促进不同文化之间的相互了解。加入一个全国性的交响乐团,并跟随乐团在世界各地进行演出,将成为促进各种文化之间交流的有效方式。

2014年,在由美国国务卿约翰·克里和中国国务院副总理刘延东共同主持的“第五轮中美人文交流高层磋商”会议上,美国国家青少年交响乐团(NYO-USA)被确立为“文化支柱”项目。2015年夏季,NYO-USA在中国七大城市的音乐会巡回演出引起了巨大的反响,中美两地的青少年音乐家共同分享音乐的激情、探索文化的魅力,架起了中西文化沟通和理解的桥梁。在让人不禁感叹音乐这一跨国界语言强大力量的同时,也为中华青少年交响乐团的构想带来灵感。

首届NYO-China在NYO-USA中国之旅结束后的短短两年内诞生了。卡内基执行和艺术总监克莱夫·基林森爵士感叹“音乐在中国的发展是令人震惊的。中国将扮演定义21世纪音乐的重要角色”。NYO-China看到了中国音乐人才蕴藏的巨大潜力,旨在为中国青少年音乐家提供优质的教育资源,提升他们的音乐技能,为他们创造更多的演出机会,并且通过该项目促进文化之间的交流。

从现在开始,NYO-China每年7月都将汇集100余位14-21岁的中国最有才华的音乐家。每个声部的学生都将接受世界知名乐团演奏家和音乐学院教授的专业指导。此外,他们将在西雅图音乐总监路多维克·莫洛的执棒指挥下进行演出,还将与知名钢琴家王羽佳和范·克莱本金奖得主奥尔加·科恩同台献奏。首届NYO-China将于7月22日登上卡内基音乐厅进行首演,随后在中国三大城市展开巡演。在未来的岁月里,乐团将与世界各地的观众分享音乐,分享艺术的美好。尽管世事更替,时代变迁,唯有音乐始终带给人安定的力量。NYO-China将汇集才华出众的导师、演奏者,他们不仅将一同创造音乐,他们还将把音乐之爱在世界传递。

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Music is often said to be the universal language, connecting people across nationalities, backgrounds and ages. All one has to do is bask in the triumph of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 or experience the sublime beauty of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 to appreciate this maxim. As society grows increasingly globalized and people can more easily communicate and come together, the forces pulling people apart are ever apparent. However, music has proven time and time again that it has the power to transcend divisive factors and act as the ultimate diplomat.

Each year, the United States and China grow closer in many ways—from working together to solve global problems to education to the arts. For example, 230,000 Chinese students are currently studying in the United States and 24,000 American students are studying in China, with both numbers poised to increase for the foreseeable future. Many of these students are musicians hoping to benefit from the opportunities that attending a conservatory abroad provides. In sharing a love of music with their peers of another nation, these students can forge connections and establish close understanding with otherwise strangers. Music-education programs such as traveling national youth orchestras serve as enriching and effective methods of cultural exchange for all involved.

In 2014, Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) was identified as a Cultural Pillar at the fifth US-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). The meeting was cochaired by Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice Premier Liu Yandong. One year later, in the summer of 2015, the NYO-USA embarked on a seven-city concert tour of China to much acclaim. The many cultural exchanges that took place during that tour, as well as the enthusiasm of the audiences and young musicians in China, served as the inspiration for the National Youth Orchestra of China.

Now, less than two years after NYO-USA’s China tour, NYO-China is ready for its inaugural season. Sir Clive Gillinson, the executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, notes that “the growth of music in China is astounding. It is going to be a central part of what defines music in the 21st-century world.” NYO-China recognizes this tremendous and growing wealth of musical talent in China and aims to cultivate it in a way that not only expands the students’ abilities and opportunities but also fosters cultural exchange.

From now on, each July NYO-China will bring together 100 of China’s most promising orchestral musicians from ages 14 to 21. They will work with teaching artists hailing from renowned ensembles and schools around the world, representing every section of the orchestra. In addition, the students will work with and perform alongside acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern and Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot. For its inaugural year, NYO-China will debut in Carnegie Hall on July 22nd before embarking on a three-city concert tour of China. In years to come, the orchestra will share its music and passion at venues throughout the world. Leaders come and go, diplomatic tensions rise and fall, and political allegiances shift, but the power of music remains constant and indisputable. NYO-China will not only bring the orchestra’s members together with its mentors and performers, but will unite all those who see and hear it over a shared love of music.

Click here for more information, and check out an introductory video featuring NYO-China’s many supporters.

Click here to purchase Better to Speak of It, written by Robert Rimm, managing editor of Arch Street Press, in collaboration with Sir Clive Gillinson.