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2017 JOURNAL 4

“NYO-China project offers the Chinese and American young artists an opportunity to interact and make friends with each other. Such mutual understanding and friendship helps lay the foundation for a strong state-to-state relationship.”

Zhang Qiyue Ambassador & Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York

“Through NYO-China, these young artists will use their astounding musical ability to take on the world! This will be a historic orchestra and a cultural phenomenon to share with both China and the United States.”

Xiaogang Ye Head of NYO-China Acclaimed Composer President of the Chinese Musicians Association



Several years ago, I was fascinated by a story from Stefan Zweig about the unorthodox birth of “Messiah” by George Frederic Handel. On August 21, 1974, the German composer received a letter from Charles Jennan asking that the phoenix musicae, or “great genius of music”, would elevate his libretto into a piece that would be befitting of the Messiah himself. Rather than be honored by this request, he thought him a scoundrel having assumed that his old friend had come to mock him after years of financial ruin and public indifference. After a sleepless night of ruminating the career he had and the future that might have been, he went back to the letter in his study and began reading the poem. He was taken aback, later remarking that the words were like a divine mandate coming directly from the angels. The passion to create music which roused him from an otherwise debilitating stroke several years earlier once again ignited his bones. Within 24 days, the legendary oratorio was born.

In the summer of 2015, I supported Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA for their concert tour of China. Throughout, I was moved by Sir Clive Gillinson’s vision to enable young American musicians to play on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. To ensure that our next generation of Chinese musicians would not be devoid of these opportunities, we quickly began building a counterpart orchestra of our own. With the formidable effort and creativity of a few Yale University students, as well as the wisdom of estimable figures such as Dean Robert Blocker from the Yale School of Music, we were able to construct an orchestral program befitting of its NYO heritage. There is a common saying among composers and musicians that they do not create music because they want to, but rather because they need to. So it could be said with Handel, and so it could be said with the numerous people who have contributed to this project, including and especially our 105 exceptional students. It is this unifying and unfeignable passion for music that will consecrate the performances in New York and China. And for this, I could not be more eager to share our music with the world.

Mei He NYO-China Founder   Board Member, US-China Youth Education Solutions Foundation


Table of Contents


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About NYO-China Introducing NYO-China What is NYO?

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Training Residency About the Residency Musical Excursion at Yale Other Events Teaching Artists

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Concert Tour About the Tour Featured Artists The Program

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The Orchestra The Class of 2017

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Partners Media Productions Carnegie Hall Steinway & Sons

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Supporters US-China YES Foundation Guo Pei

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Endorsements Endorsers Ambassador Zhang Qiyue Mayor Bill de Blasio Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Acknowledgements Cross-Cultural Groups Teachers Instituions

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Team About the Team


Introducing NYO-China Mission To provide China’s finest young musicians access to superior training and performance opportunities, empowering them to serve as ambassadors for their country and their generation on a global stage.

Summary The first annual National Youth Orchestra of China is proud to present an international concert tour of the United States and China during the summer of 2017 inaugurated by a performance in Carnegie Hall on July 22. For two weeks in July, over one hundred Chinese musicians aged 14 to 21 years old gathered at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania to participate in an intensive two-week training program under the guidance of renowned conductor Ludovic Morlot, artistic director Jindong Cai, and a suite of worldclass teaching artists. After two weeks of rehearsals, master classes, workshops, and cultural excursions, the orchestra debuts in New York City with a historic concert featuring soloist Yuja Wang. After this thrilling premiere, the orchestra embarks on a three-city concert tour of China featuring soloist Olga Kern. After applying through a competitive virtual audition process, these talented musicians have the opportunity to showcase their refined skills in front of a truly global audience. Moreover, to ensure that no excellent musician is ever turned away from NYO-China’s opportunities for lack of funds, the entire program – including housing, tuition, and travel – is offered at absolutely no cost to the students.


What is NYO? National Youth Orchestras (NYOs) have existed around the world for decades. For example, NYO-Great Britain was started in 1948, NYO-Canada in 1960,
the South African NYO in 1964, and the Singapore NYO in 1979. Several of these non-governmental orchestras have the same structure as NYO-China, including a training residency and international concert tour. Others serve as a stepping stone between studying music and joining a prestigious professional orchestra. Some of the programs even offer courses for orchestral musicians all year long. NYO-USA, the inspiration for NYO-China, was started by Carnegie Hall in the summer of 2013 and was the first program of its kind in the United States, offering a training residency and international performance opportunities alongside renowned professional musicians, all at no cost to the students.


Despite their differences, all the world’s NYOs ultimately have the same core mission: to represent their countries using the language of music and to establish an ever-greater standard of musical excellence. Now is the time for China to have an NYO of its own.


NYOs of the World • Armenia

• Denmark

• Ireland

• Norway

• Scotland

• Switzerland

• Austria

• France

• Italy

• Poland

• Singapore

• Turkey

• Canada

• Germany

• Kenya

• Portugal

• South Africa

• Uruguay

• Cyprus

• Great Britain

• Netherlands

• Romania

• Spain


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About the Residency NYO-China is proud to host its training residency at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU). The campus is located amid the beautiful Pocono Mountains and is a relatively short drive from New York City. Its Fine and Performing Arts Center includes the Smith-McFarland Theatre, the Cohen Recital Hall, and many other practice spaces and rehearsal rooms. Additionally, its campus setting and suite-style dormitory arrangement enables NYO-China to not only be a great opportunity for musical enrichment, but also a time to bond and form deep relationships with fellow musicians and future colleagues.

While there, students participated in full orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, and private lessons led by artistic director Jindong Cai and the suite of world-renowned teaching artists. However, the residency experience included much more than rehearsals and sectionals. The students attended seminars and workshops led by guest speakers such as Juilliard’s Alexander Technique Instructor Lori Schiff and improvisation expert Eugene Friesen. Some also participated in recreational and chamber music activities coordinated by the resident advisors. All in all, NYO-China’s training residency served as a rewarding and thrilling experience for the students, preparing them for both the concert tour and for future educational and professional opportunities in music.


Musical Excursion at Yale

“These young musicians are going to play in the great concert halls of this world, working and making music with some of the most celebrated artists across the globe. This will be a transformative experience for them.” Robert Blocker The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music Yale University


The Yale School of Music is one of twelve professional schools at Yale University, a world-renowned institution of higher learning. Established in 1894, the School of Music has since counted legendary artists and teachers such as Paul Hindemith and Krzysztof Penderecki among its faculty ranks. The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University, Robert Blocker – also a highly-esteemed concert pianist and Steinway Artist – has heralded the Yale School of Music into a new age of renown and prestige. On account of a generous donation by Stephen Adams in 2005, the school’s three professional degree programs are offered tuition-free to the students each year. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art Adams Center, which opened in January 2017, includes new rehearsal spaces for full orchestras and additional individual practice rooms.

Among the school’s many student ensembles and collaborations are the Yale Cellos, established by Aldo Parisot, and the Yale Percussion Group, started by Robert van Sice, both of which travel internationally. The school’s Yale Philharmonia is led by principal conductor Peter Oundjian and has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. In addition, the Yale in New York concert series, led by clarinetist David Shifrin, regularly brings ensembles comprised of Yale faculty, students, and alumni to Carnegie Hall’s storied stages. On July 15, the students of NYO-China had the chance to visit Yale’s campus, attend a lecture by Dean Robert Blocker, visit the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, and experience many of the other resources that the university has to offer. NYO-China is grateful for this experience and for the invaluable support of its Senior Advisor for Global Artistic Affairs, Dean Robert Blocker.


Other Events Recording with WQXR | July 14, 2017 During NYO-China’s training residency, the orchestra recorded a show for WQXR hosted by radio broadcaster and music critic Bob Sherman. The program included a piece played by the full orchestra, chamber music, and several interviews with the students. WQXR is the most-listened-to classical music station in the United States, with an average quarter-hour audience of 63,000. Cross-Cultural Forum with NYO-USA | July 16, 2017 The National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA), the brainchild of Carnegie Hall and an inspiration for NYO-China, held its own training residency at the State University of New York at Purchase this July. Comprised of American musicians ages 16 to 19, NYO-USA performed in Carnegie Hall the evening immediately preceding NYO-China’s debut. During this forum, the students from both ensembles had the opportunity to meet each other and partake in a joint rehearsal before attending each other’s concerts at one of the world’s finest venues. Over the course of their time together, the students of both NYO-USA and NYO-China were able to bond over a shared love of music and participate in meaningful cultural exchange. From the Top Radio Broadcast | July 21, 2017 NYO-China is honored to have been featured in National Public Radio’s highly esteemed youth music show, From the Top. The matinee performance at East Stroudsburg University included a performance by the full orchestra and several chamber music performances. The show is hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, who also had the chance to perform alongside the students. Cultural Excursion at New York City | July 23, 2017 Following the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut, the students had an entire day to enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City before heading to China to continue their concert tour. Students were able to visit places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the One World Observatory where they were given exclusive tours.



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Stanford University Professor of Conducting

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Qing Li | Violin II Cello Violin Violin


Bass Violin Violin

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Percussion Percussion Trumpet

Jay Liu | Viola

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Second

Cello Cello Violin

Trombone Harp Harp


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San Francisco Symphony Associate Principal

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Qiang Tu | Cello

DaXun Zhang | Double Bass

Sibei Weng | Flute

New York Philharmonic

University of Texas at Austin

Macao Orchestra Principal


Violin Bass




Flute Oboe

Clarinet Oboe

Clarinet Bassoon

Yao Guang Zhai | Clarinet

Bassoon French Horn

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet

Trumpet Trombone

Trombone Tuba


Violin Violin

Violin Viola

Percussion Tuba

Percussion Harp




Clarinet Oboe

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Fei Xie | Bassoon

Xiao-Ming Han | French Horn

Guang Chen | Trumpet

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Tuba Percussion Harp

German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Principal

Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing


Viola Violin

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Wei Zhu | Trombone Bremer Philharmonic Principal Violin Violin

ClarinetBassoon Flute

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Flute Clarinet French Horn

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Clarinet Flute French Horn

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Tuba Trumpet Harp

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Haiyu Wang | Tuba Violin


Jacobs School of Music at IndianaCelloUniversity Violin

Trombone Percussion


French ClarinetHorn

Harp Tuba

Gert Mortensen | Percussion Cello Violin

Bass Viola Violin

Cello Violin

French Horn



Jieyin Wu | Harp

The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Viola Violin


Concert Harpist Bass Viola







About the Tour Following its debut at Carnegie Hall, NYO-China’s concert tour takes the ensemble to several venues throughout mainland China, giving students the ability to share their music and what they have learned with their home country. Carnegie Hall in New York | July 22, 2017 Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage Conducted by Ludovic Morlot | Featuring Yuja Wang Beijing Concert Hall | July 26, 2017 Music Hall Conducted by Ludovic Morlot | Featuring Olga Kern Shanghai Oriental Art Centre | July 28, 2017 Concert Hall Conducted by Ludovic Morlot | Featuring Olga Kern Suzhou Culture and Arts Center | July 29, 2017 Grand Theater Conducted by Ludovic Morlot | Featuring Olga Kern


Featured Artists Each year, the members of NYO-China have the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most talented musicians. In addition to representing the highest standard of classical performance art, these individuals demonstrate a remarkable passion for music education. In preparing the musicians of NYO-China and ultimately performing with them on stage, there can be no better mentors than these extraordinary artists.

Ludovic Morlot Ludovic Morlot is a bright star among a new generation of international conductors, serving as the principal conductor of the Seattle Symphony and a frequent guest conductor of the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. As conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Morlot has won two Grammy awards. Prior to his tenure at the Seattle Symphony, Morlot served as the conductor-in-residence at the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) under David Robertson from 2002 to 2004 where he led ONL’s two youth orchestras.

Yuja Wang


Yuja Wang is one of the world’s most sought-after pianists and was named Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year. Born in Beijing, Wang started playing the piano at the age of six and, only one year later, began studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2001, she was named a Steinway Artist and in 2002, she began studying with Gary Graffman at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Among her many other accolades are the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award, the 2009 Gramophone Classic FM’s Young Artist of the Year Award, and the 2011 ECHO KLASSIK Young Artist of the Year Award.

Olga Kern First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Olga Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. She jumpstarted her US career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Van Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director.



Photo Credit to Chris Lee

The Program Zhou Long: The Rhyme of Taigu Zhou Long’s The Rhyme of Taigu explores the spirit of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), a golden age of Chinese civilization with a distinctive musical character. The Rhyme centers on the Taigu (fat drum) tradition, which later evolved into modern Japanese Taiko drumming, reinterpreting it in terms of the Western harmonic and instrumental language. Opening with three drummers beating a slow rhythm on the chu (medium drum) and odaiko (large drum), the piece continues on to evoke the guanzi, a double-reed instrument used in Zhihua temple music, in a cadenza-like clarinet solo which itself develops into a lyrical mid-section including several imitations in the woodwinds. A horn entrance signals a gradual acceleration leading to a thrilling climax punctuated by an explosive duel between brass and percussion.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 When Tchaikovsky showed the finished draft of his Piano Concerto No. 1 to its indicated dedicatee, Nicolai Rubinstein informed him the work was rubbish and ought to be scrapped. Tchaikovsky responded that he “wouldn’t alter a single note” and went on to publish that same draft within the year, in November 1875. The piece has since gone on to become one of the most performed works in the entire piano literature, beloved for its expansive scope and inspired romanticism. After five measures of introduction, the first movement bursts into a stunning D Major theme which is scuttled after just three repetitions. Instead, the listener is drawn to consider more contemplative refrains – a plaintive Ukranian folk melody and a French chansonette in the middle movement – before the finale’s electrifying dash to the finish.

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 Upon his arrival in New York City in 1892, Antonin Dvorak brought with him a fierce belief in the importance of musical nationalism and a compositional style deeply rooted in the folk music of Czechoslovakia. The fifty-one-year old composer quickly fell in love with the African and Native American spirituals he encountered, famously proclaiming that ‘the future music of this country must be founded on [these] melodies,’ and as quickly out of love with the American intelligentsia for dismissing them as primitive. The result, one year later, was this Ninth Symphony “From the New World,” an ode to American folk tradition tinged with Dvorak’s longing for the music of his own country.



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Violin Qian Chang

Fengwan Chen

Hanyu Feng

Lingxiao Feng

Hunan Xinghai Conservatory of Music

Anhui Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Henan Middle School of the China Conservatory of Music

Jiangsu Middle School of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music

Yiqing Fu

Chen Gu

Molin Han

Yunmao Kang

Guangdong Shenzhen Art School

Tianjin Affiliated Middle School of Tianjin Conservatory of Music

Bihan Li

Hanke Li

Hao Li

Ying Li

Hubei Bard College Conservatory of Music

Guangdong Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Sichuan Soochow University School of Music

Yuqi Liang

Jianghui Ma

Mingyuan Ma

Xiaoman Qi

Beijing Beijing National Day School

Xiaoran Qu United States Montgomery Blair High School


Jiangsu Shandong Music Middle School Affiliated to Central Conservatory of Music the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School

Tianjin Liaoning Affiliated Middle School of Tianjin Music Middle School Affiliated to Conservatory of Music the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Zili Sha

Xiachu Song

Anhui Hebei Music Middle School Affiliated to Oberlin Conservatory of Music the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Liaoning Central Conservatory of Music

Jieming Tang Anhui The Juilliard School


Hanbo Wang

Liyuan Xie

Kexin Ye

Jiaqi Yu

Shiman Yu

Jiangsu San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Jilin Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Henan Central Conservatory of Music

Chuxuejie Zhang

Mingen Zhang

Mingzhe Zhang

Shaobo Zhang

Hunan San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Guangdong The Carl Maria von Weber College of Music

Jilin Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Henan Central Conservatory of Music

Qin He

Yuan Tian

Caiwenjing Wang

Heilongjiang Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Henan Central Conservatory of Music

Kun Yan Hunan Middle School of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music

Juchao Zhao

Jiangsu Shanxi Affiliated Middle School of Tianjin Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Conservatory of Music

Yifan Zhou

Anhui Jiangsu Music Middle School Affiliated to the Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music the Shanghai Conservatory of Music


Haoyang Chen

Juyuan Feng

Shishi Gong

Hunan Xi’an Conservatory of Music Middle School

Jiangsu Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Shandong Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Guizhou Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music


Viola Wenhan Jiang

Weilan Li

Yuchen Lu

Zitian Lyu

Jiangsu Soochow University School of Music

Guangdong Bard College Conservatory of Music

Anhui New England Conservatory

Heilongjiang Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Lin Miao

Bochun Wang

Zirui Wang

Shike Yuan

Shandong Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Shanghai Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Shanxi Central Conservatory of Music

Zhejiang Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Xiyao Zhang

Siwei Zhu

Jiangsu Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Hunan Renmin University of China

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Shicong Li

Zhihong Li

Shangwen Liao

Yunbei Liu

Guangxi Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Guangdong Mannes School of Music at The New School

Fujian The Juilliard School

Heilongjiang Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Ziyue Ma

Shuni Mao

Yu Pei

Linging Piao

United States Ward Melville High School

Heilongjiang Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Hubei Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Jilin Shanghai Conservatory of Music


Mingyue Zhao

Xinyue Zhu

Yuanyujie Zhu

Beijing Peking University

Henan Central Conservatory of Music

Zhejiang Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Xinjiang Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Jintao He

Wenqi Ji

Boyang Kang

Zhenyuan Lu

Zhejiang Soochow University School of Music

Beijing Central Conservatory of Music

Tianjin Idyllwild Arts Academy

Shanghai Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Xinyun Tu

Mingyuan Wang

Jinglin Zhu

Qian Zu

Hebei Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Hunan China Conservatory of Music


Yujing Shan

Guangdong Guizhou Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Central Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore Middle School


Yajie Wang

Zishu Xie

Mengyi Xu

Guangdong Professional Children’s School

Xinjiang Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

Sichuan Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Guangxi China Conservatory of Music

Yijin Wang

Ning Zhang

Lirui Zheng

Huibin Zou

Hubei San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Shandong The Juilliard School

Guizhou Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Shandong Cleveland Institute of Music


Yiding Chen


Oboe Yongqi Lu

Jiadi Pei

Yirui Zhu

Zhejiang Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Hubei Humen Foreign Language School

Guangdong Mannes School of Music at The New School

Anhui Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Chaoyang Jing

Yanjiao Lyu

Ye Yang

Yuanying Zhang

Shanxi Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Shanxi Beijing Xiqu Vocational Institute of Arts

Sichuan Chengdu No. 7 Yucai Middle School

Gansu Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Yehaoran Gao

Yicheng Gong

Zhaohang Hu

Lei Jin

Xinjiang Central Conservatory of Music

Shanghai Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Shandong Jinan Foreign Language School

Beijing Beijing Yuren Secondary Vocational School

Beili Ouyang

Yanjun Zhuo

Shanghai Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Shanghai Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

Yunze Lyu

Shanhui Sun

Wentao Xiao

Huanyi Yang

Shandong Shandong Qingdao No. 7 Middle School

Henan Bard College Conservatory of Music

Beijing Central Conservatory of Music

Beijing Walnut Hill School for the Arts


Ming Liu

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Hongyi Gu

Jiajun Liu

Shanghai Jiangsu Music Middle School Affiliated to the Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Shandong China Conservatory of Music

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Puyuan Chen

Tuba Haonan Liao Guangdong Cleveland Institute of Music


Siyuan Gao

Weihong Hu

Zhengze Liu

Chencheng Mi

Jiangsu Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Jiangxi Central Conservatory of Music

Beijing Central Conservatory of Music

Shanxi Central Conservatory of Music

Bingchen Xin

Zhiyi Zhou

Anhui Shenzhen Art School

Chongqing Central Conservatory of Music Middle School

Harp Xinyue Zhang Shanghai Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music



Media Productions In order to popularize classical music among new audiences in both the United States and China (including and especially young people), NYO-China is dedicated to bringing the ensemble beyond the concert hall and into as many living rooms and classrooms as possible.

Concert Recording with Medici.tv Medici.tv is the world’s leading classical music channel, offering viewers on-demand access to over 1800 programs and 3000 original works, including concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, and master classes. More than 100 live events are broadcast each year in partnership with some of the world’s most prestigious venues, festivals, and competitions, such as Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Festival, and the International Chopin Piano Competition. Its programs are available to music lovers in over 180 countries, accessible through a wide variety of digital platforms. NYO-China is proud to have Medici.tv record and broadcast their international debut with Yuja Wang at Carnegie Hall to audiences in not only the United States and China, but across the entire world.

Documentary by Christine Choy Christine Choy is widely regarded as one of the foremost Chinese-American directors working in documentary cinema today. As a filmmaker, she has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature for her 1987 film Who Killed Vincent Chin?, and a Best Cinematography nomination at Sundance Film Festival. Choy has also taught at prestigious universities like Yale and Cornell, and is currently a professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches film direction and documentary production. Christine Choy will be accompanying and documenting NYO-China’s inaugural class throughout their training residency and concert tour, ultimately delivering a feature-length film about the project and its students later this year.


“Aim for the highest.� Andrew Carnegie

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America | Photo Credit to Chris Lee

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“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. In that narrative, NYO-China will be a beacon of excellence and something everyone aspires to.” Sir Clive Gillinson Executive and Artistic Director Carnegie Hall


Photo Credit to Todd Rosenberg

Carnegie Hall, located in Manhattan and the site of over 250 concerts a year, has earned a legendary status among international performance venues. At
its opening night in 1891, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducted, leading off a roster of incredible and world-renowned artists to perform in its halls over
the decades. Carnegie Hall’s three performance venues – the Main Hall (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage), Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall – have been witness to the best that the world of music has to offer. Although it is now a National Historic Landmark, the building was, in the early 1960s, intended for demolition. Luckily, thanks to the efforts of violinist Isaac Stern and others, the hall was saved and continues to be a global, American, and New York City icon. Named for the Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist who funded its construction, Carnegie Hall represents the pinnacle of Andrew Carnegie’s multi-faceted contributions to American society. Starting off as a bobbin boy making the equivalent of $36.36 a week in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Carnegie quickly worked his way up until he had revolutionized the steel industry and made his fortune. He retired early and eventually gave away 90% of his fortune to philanthropic causes. Carnegie’s legacy of hard work, intelligence, and skill make him an ideal namesake for an institution that places the world’s most excellent artists on a world stage. His dedication to making enrichment opportunities, from libraries to musical performances, available to the public is further reflected in the modern-day Carnegie Hall’s mission and proceedings. Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA and NYO2, both extraordinary music education and performance opportunities offered to American students at no cost to them, are just two examples of how the modern-day organization is giving back. NYO-China is honored to hold its international premiere at Carnegie Hall. It is also deeply appreciative of the help it received from its staff throughout all stages of the project’s development, as well of Sir Clive Gillinson’s motivating insight during NYO-USA’s warmly received 2015 China Tour that China merited and deserved an NYO of its own.



Steinway & Sons

“NYO-China gives students an opportunity to perform for large audiences what they have practiced for so long. There’s nothing quite like a concert experience, and it will live within them for many years to come.” Ronald Losby CEO Steinway & Sons

Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, later called Henry Steinway, started making pianos with his family in the mid-nineteenth century in Seesen, Germany. When he moved to New York in 1850, he brought eight of his nine children with him, leaving son C.F. Theodor Steinweg to continue making pianos in Seesen. The first piano made by the newly formed Steinway & Sons was given the number 483, in honor of the 482 pianos the family had previously built in Germany. Due to the company’s early success at trade shows, it was not long before Steinway & Sons became one of the most trusted and prestigious concert piano brands. During his first and only American tour, renowned Russian pianist and composer Anton Rubinstein—at the encouragement of William Steinway—performed exclusively on Steinway pianos, becoming one of the first major artists to endorse the company. Since the company’s founding, it has received 126 patents related to piano design and countless awards. Now, 98% of concertizing pianists elect to perform on Steinway’s instruments and there are more than 1,600 Steinway Artists, including NYO-China soloists Yuja Wang and Olga Kern. With a strong commitment to craftsmanship and innovation, Steinway transformed his talent for piano-building from a small-scale master-toapprenticeship operation to a globally recognized and highly respected musical institution. Today, the Steinway piano is internationally considered to be a standard of excellence. NYO-China is proud to have Steinway & Sons as a supporting institution and their pianos featured exclusively throughout the concert tour.



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YES Foundation

“NYO-China will help solidify our upcoming generation as one comprised of genuinely global citizens. For young listeners and players from both the United States and China, music will be the language of their friendship.” Sabrina Xu President US-China YES Foundation and NYO-China Project Director

The US-China Youth Education Solutions (YES) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing relationships between young people in the United States and China through various education services. As a steadfast supporter of cultural exchange projects, they hope to meet the emerging needs of young people who soon will become our next generation of global citizens. Their initiatives also strive to ensure that students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds have more equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities. The National Youth Orchestra of China is one such project that the YES Foundation is supporting. Because of their generosity, NYO-China is able to provide its superior training and performance opportunities to any young Chinese musician who is talented and hard-working enough to be admitted, regardless of their personal capacity to otherwise pay for such a program. Besides the organization’s evident support of the arts, the YES Foundation also recently led a successful health initiative with the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF) to provide medical care to orphans living in impoverished regions of China. The YES Foundation is also pursuing education research partnerships with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Teachers College at Columbia University, with contributions being used to fund research on the mental health issues faced by students studying abroad.

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Guo Pei “These young artists will be able to pursue their craft on a truly global stage, privileged with the unmatched opportunity to use music as a means of expressing both themselves and their country to the rest of the world.” Guo Pei Couture Designer and TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2016


In late 2016, NYO-China commissioned acclaimed Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei to create a series of vests that would serve as the centerpiece of the orchestra’s official uniform for 2017. Based in Beijing, her fashion style borrows heavily from traditional Chinese imperial court design. She rose to prominence in China when her pieces were featured at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as well as the annual CCTV New Year’s Gala. In November 2009, her “One Thousand and Two Nights” collection debuted to considerable acclaim during China Fashion Week in Beijing.

Shortly after, she served as the costume designer for the blockbuster film The Monkey King, for which she was nominated for the Hong Kong Film Award in Best Costume and Make Up Design. In 2015, Rihanna famously appeared on the red carpet for the New York Met Ball wearing a canary yellow floor-length dress with a large circular train, edged with yellow colored fur and embroidered with silver floral patterns. The dress, which took over two years and approximately 50,000 hours to complete, weighed about 55 pounds and required a three-person entourage to help hold. The piece rapidly became popular on American social media and was also featured on the front page of Vogue, making Guo Pei a recognizable name among Western audiences. In Spring 2015, her work was featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of its “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibition. Guo Pei was recently named in 2016 as one of Time Magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People”.



Endorsers Danielle Accettola

Eric Ashenberg

Fred Baxter

Robert Blocker

Director US-China Youth Education Solutions Foundation

Founder and President Ashenberg Law Group

Former NFL Player and Super Bowl Winner New England Patriots

The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music Yale University

Andrew Cuomo

Bill de Blasio

James Garner

Mimi Gates

Governor of New York and Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Mayor of New York City and Former Public Advocate of New York City

Former President United States Conference of Mayors

Former Trustee The Yale Corporation

Sir Clive Gillinson

Gary Graffman

Guo Pei

Mei He

Executive and Artistic Director Carnegie Hall

Legendary Pianist and Former President The Curtis Institute of Music

Acclaimed Fashion Designer and Founder Rose Studio

Chairman Wailian Overseas Consulting Group

Yue-Sai Kan

Gary Locke

Herbert London

Ronald Losby

Emmy Award-Winning Television Host and Entrepreneur

Fmr. Governor of Washington, Secretary of Commerce, and US Ambassador to China

President London Center for Policy Research

President and Chief Executive Officer Steinway & Sons

Robert Martin

Frank Mazurco

Chien Chung Pei

Joseph Shuldiner

Director Bard College Conservatory of Music

Former Executive Vice President Steinway & Sons

Chairman of the Board of Trustees China Institute

Former Assistant Secretary Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tan Dun

Xiaogang Ye

Shirley Young

Zhang Qiyue

Academy Award-Winning Composer and Commissioned Composer for NYO-USA 2015

Acclaimed Composer and President Chinese Musicians Association

Cultural Associate of the Committee of 100 and Chairman of the US-China Cultural Institute

Ambassador and Consul General of China in New York




July 22, 2017

Dear Friends: I am delighted to welcome everyone as the National Youth Orchestra of China makes its international debut at Carnegie Hall. New York’s phenomenal creative energy has long inspired and attracted artists from around the globe. Modeled after the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, NYO-China brings together gifted young Chinese musicians for a summer residency program in the U.S. and offers workshops, masterclasses, and performance opportunities. Tonight, this talented ensemble will engage an enthusiastic audience as it kicks off its inaugural international tour with a concert at Carnegie Hall, one of the world’s most iconic venues. As my administration works to ensure that all New Yorkers can experience the diverse and dynamic artistic landscape of the five boroughs, I commend everyone associated with NYO-China for their efforts to foster crosscultural exchange, nurture the next generation of performing artists, and unite people of all backgrounds through the power of music. On behalf of the City of New York, congratulations to the artists being featured tonight. I extend my best wishes for an evening of wonderful performances and continued success. Sincerely,

Bill de Blasio Mayor




Cross-Cultural Groups NYO-China has been fortunate to receive the institutional support of several of the world’s foremost organizations dedicated to strengthening understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States and China.

China Institute The China Institute is a nonprofit educational institution based in New York City, founded in 1926 by a group of distinguished American and Chinese educators including John Dewey, Hu Shih, Paul Monroe, and Kuo Ping-Wen. Its mission is to advance a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business, and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community. Chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1944 as a school of continuing education, its language and cultural school is also the oldest educational center of its kind in the United States. More generally, the China institute is the oldest bi-cultural non-profit organization in the United States that is devoted exclusively to China.

Committee of 100 The Committee of 100 is a national leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. Founded in 1990 by famed architect I.M. Pei and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Committee has served for over 25 years as a high level bridge in the US-China dialogue by fostering regular exchanges with the leadership of Beijing, Taipei, and Washington. C100 members are leading US citizens of Chinese descent who leverage their collective influence and resources to advance twin missions of promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in all fields of American life, and encouraging constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China.


Teachers Jingzhi An

Danan Liang

Caroline Stinson

Luis Baez

Jian Lin

Zhen Su

Min Cao

Dahai Liu

Yasuhito Sugiyama

Edward Caroll

Gang Liu

Minghong Sun

Guang Chen

Nian Liu

Ian Swansen

Han-Jui Chen

Xiao Liu

Sherry Sylar

Xi Chen

Mengda Lu

Liwei Tan

Franklin Cohen

Bing Luo

Shen Tan

Lei Fan

Xu Luo

Weijian Tang

Yuan Fang

Igor Malinovsky

Jean Michel Tanguy

Gregory Fulkerson

Yi Man

Steven Tenenbom

“When I listen to the extraordinary students at Curtis, I hear the bright future of classical music. Now, NYO-China is helping their young Chinese counterparts contribute to that same narrative but for audiences everywhere.”

Hua Gao

Guennadi Mouzyka

Milan Vitek

Wenning Guan

Charles Neidich

Jingqiong Wang

Holly Hamilton

Ranran Ni

Keju Wang

Xianguang Han

Yizhen Ni

Shaowu Wang

Rong He

Yue Qi

Don Weilerstein

Wei He

Samuel Seidenberg

Yang Wen

Junxia Hou

Xidi Shen

Carol Wincenc

Yuanfu Huang

Li Sheng

Lu Xu

Brian Johnson

Fred Sherry

Chu Yi-Bing

Gary Graffman Legendary Pianist and Former Director and President The Curtis Institute

Kim Kashkashian

Paul Silverthorne

Bing Yu

Dali Li

Joel Smirnoff

Jiamin Yuan

Dan Li

Shibin Song

Jason Zhang

Jiwu Li

Stephanie Song

Jie Zhang

Lansong Li

Yang Song

Ti Zhang

Songyang Li

Yi Song

Binyou Zhou

Wa Li

Yin Song

Jun Zhu

Weigang Li

Alexa Still

Mu Zhu


Institutions China


Central Conservatory of Music

The Juilliard School

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

New England Conservatory

China Conservatory of Music

Bard College Conservatory of Music

Xinghai Conservatory of Music

Cleveland Institute of Music

Tianjin Conservatory of Music

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Xi’an Conservatory of Music

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Soochow University School of Music Peking University

“I am very moved by this initiative to create the National Youth Orchestra of China, and am sincerely looking towards their performance. I eagerly await for when they can show the world the sounds of China.” Feng Yu President Central Conservatory of Music

Idyllwild Arts Academy Mannes School of Music at The New School

Renmin University of China Walnut Hill School for the Arts Beijing National Day School Professional Children’s School Beijing Yuren Secondary Educational School Beijing Xiqu Vocational Institute of Art Shenzhen Art School Humen Foreign Language School

Montgomery Blair High School Ward Melville High School The Carl Maria von Weber College of Music Mannheim University of the Performing Arts

Jinan Foreign Language School Chengdu No. 7 Yucai Middle School

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

Shandong Qingdao No. 7 Middle School



About the Team Administrators

Senior Advisors

Vincent Accettola

Sabrina Xu

Managing Director

Project Director

• President and CEO, Athena Education Group • Yale University, ’16 BS; Harvard University, ’17 EdM

• President, US-China YES Foundation • University of British Columbia, ‘16 BS

Nicholas Brown

Paige Breen

Director of Project Development

Director of Operations and Logistics

• CTO, Athena Education Group • Yale University, ’16 BS

• COO, Athena Education Group • Yale University, ’16 BS

Peggie Zhong

Hsuan-Fong Chen

Communication Coordinator

Artistic Coordinator

• Project Coordinator, Athena Education Group • Columbia University, ’16 MA

• The Juilliard School, ’11 BM • Yale University, ‘13 MM & ‘14 AD

Danielle Accettola

Frank Mazurco

Senior Advisor for Project Execution

Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning

• President, WL Global Corp. • Director, US-China YES Foundation • Vice President, PHM Affiliates, Inc. (1992-2013)

• Executive Vice President, Steinway & Sons (Retired) • Founding Member and Consultant, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Robert Blocker

Shirley Young

Senior Advisor for Global Artistic Affairs

Senior Advisor for International Strategy

• The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music, Yale University

• Chairman, US-China Cultural Institute • Cultural Associate, Committee of 100 • Corporate VP, General Motors (1988-1999)

Eric Ashenberg ESQ and CPA Senior Advisor for Legal and Finance • Founder, Ashenberg Law Group


Steven Li

Beata Moon

Lead Designer

Artistic Liaison

• Senior Designer, Information Builders • Pratt Institute, MS & MFA

• Teaching Artist at The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic • The Juilliard School, BM & MM

Aaron Shim Lead Software Developer

Wei Zhou

• Software Engineer, Microsoft • Yale University, ’16 BS

• President of Weiber Consulting

Director of Public Relations



When I was seven years old, I had the privilege of attending my first concert – one where a newly discovered pianist in his late teens named Lang Lang was performing at the Washington DC residence of Yang Jiechi, then the Chinese Ambassador to the United States. I was not old enough to remember the name of the piece that was played, or even the composer who wrote it. What is clearly anchored in my memory was the effect that the young virtuoso had on the audience. This was a room filled with some of the most influential dignitaries from both China and the United States – individuals separated by different languages, cultures, and systems of government. Still, the music that emanated from that singular Steinway had a disarming effect on all of them. For the duration of that concert, and I’m sure for many hours afterwards, they were all connected by their shared appreciation for the tremendous beauty that humanity could produce, rather than separated by the artificial boundaries that ordinarily define our lives.


The students who comprise the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of China represent some of best that China has to offer. Suggested by their talent and confirmed by their sweat, they are uncannily equipped to serve as ambassadors for their country, their music, and their generation. I am confident that their work throughout the tour will touch audiences in the same way that the guests at the ambassador’s residence were moved so many years before. With the help of all those who made this program possible, including and epsecially our guest conductor Ludovic Morlot, our soloists Yuja Wang and Olga Kern, our suite of exceptional teaching artists, Sir Clive Gillinson and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Dean Robert Blocker and the Yale School of Music, Xiaogang Ye and the Chinese Musicians Association, and our irreplaceable founding management team, these young musicians have been forged into one of the world’s most extraordinary youth ensembles - one that will assuredly inspire many more to come. Vincent Accettola Managing Director, NYO-China

“NYO-China will bring people together through the common language of music. It will help break down the barriers that exist between countries and promote understanding of each other’s culture and history.”

Gary Locke Former US Ambassador to China & Governor of Washington

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