TWO ECNU students earned their debut in the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) of the 2018 Asia concert tour this summer who outperformed the 70 contestants at the 2018 Shanghai Station of Auditions for Asian Youth Orchestra held in ECNU on March 22.
The two students are Yu Guo and Zhu Lei who specialize in violin in the ECNU Department of Music. They have performed with the guidance of Chang Lin, vice dean of the department, and Jin Xin, a young teacher in charge of the teaching and research group on wind and str inged instruments.
Yu Guo, Zhu Lei and their teachers
One of the world’s best youth orchestras, AYO is composed of musicians who went through rounds of a rigorous selection process, the orchestra selects 104 winners from 1,500-2,000 music majors annually. The majority of contestants come from 10 Asian countries in order to prepare for auditions set for the concert tour.
A student plays the violin during audition.
The selected contestants will be granted the opportunity to engage in professional training by chief violinists from 12 world-renowned orchestras, such as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, German NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Vienna People’s Opera Symphony Orchestra, Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Symphony Orchestra, and Brussels Royal Opera House.
This year’s event was chaired by artistic director of AYO, Richard Pontzious. More than 70 of the students who enlisted for the contest came from nine universities around the globe, including Musikhochschule Lübeck, Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber (also/formerly known as Dresden Conservatory or Dresden Royal Conservatory), Manhattan School of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Orchestra Academy, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Soochow University School of Music, Shanghai University School of Music, and ECNU Music Department.
The 11 winners, including the two from ECNU, represented Musikhochschule Lübeck, Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Shanghai Orchestra Academy, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Richard Pontzious, the director of art of AYO
Prior to 2008, the Central Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Conservatory of Music had dominated the AYO annual auditions before ECNU came in to steal the show in which 18 music students from ECNU have been chosen by AYO since 2008. Many of whom now play in well-known national orchestras such as Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra and Ningbo Symphony Orchestra. Although some of the others have entered into world-class conservatories of music, such as Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University Bloomington School of Music.