Youth Music Culture Guangdong

Finnish Music Quarterly: Grappling with Sibelius in China

Finnish Music Quarterly: Grappling with Sibelius in China

“Could a certain distance from Western symphonic thought have contributed to the surprising qualities of the performances I heard in China?” Andrew Mellor reviews performances of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos 2 and 5 in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Violin Channel: Youth Music Culture Guangdong Instagram Takeover

Violin Channel: Youth Music Culture Guangdong Instagram Takeover

VC recently caught up with the Youth Music Culture Guangdong Festival for a behind-the-scenes Instagram takeover – direct from Guangzhou, China. Takeover featuring violinist Johnny Gandelsman from Brooklyn Rider, cello luminary Yo-Yo Maand conductor Michael Stern.

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma on making artistic connections and raising balanced musicians

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma on making artistic connections and raising balanced musicians

This month Yo-Yo Ma returns as artistic director of his Chinese education initiative Youth Music Culture Guangdong, a programme that aims to create balanced, astute and connected musicians. Charlotte Smith explores the ideas behind the cellist’s approach

The Spectator: Mao's Music

The Spectator: Mao's Music

It’s early in the year but there is unseasonal heat as hundreds of earnest young musicians gather to learn from artists of the Silk Road Ensemble... Fostering innovation in China, a country hindered by an educational system that encourages rote learning and discourages asking questions, is not always easy. Some classical musicians have broken through: concert pianist and child prodigy Lang Lang is a celebrity here, commanding sell-out concerts and legions of fans. But Long Yu, the man who has helped spearhead China’s classical music renaissance (he is artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of the Shanghai Symphony) wants more. 

Strings Magazine: Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Members Team Up with Maestro Long Yu for Inaugural Youth Music Culture Guangdong

Strings Magazine: Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Members Team Up with Maestro Long Yu for Inaugural Youth Music Culture Guangdong

Ma is in Guangzhou, historically a major terminus of the Silk Road in the Guangdong province of China, acting as the artistic director of Youth Music Culture Guangdong—a program in its first year designed to shake up 80 young musicians with a flurry of chamber-music coachings, Silk Road Ensemble–style workshops, panel discussions, and two final concerts, where participants perform as chamber-music groups and as an orchestra.

Guangdong invites Yo-Yo Ma to create a new cultural highlight in the province

Guangdong invites Yo-Yo Ma to create a new cultural highlight in the province

After nearly two years of planning, the inaugural Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) festival will take place in Guangzhou from January 7 to 15, 2017. This festival, which is scheduled to become an annual event, will be a major cultural highlight for Guangdong province in the years to come.

Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) launches in 2017 with renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma as Artistic Director

Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) launches in 2017 with renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma as Artistic Director

After nearly two years of planning, the Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) will launch in January 2017. Presented by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture, YMCG is organized by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and the Xinghai Concert Hall. The YMCG’s Artistic Director is none other than internationally renowned artist Yo-Yo Ma, who accepted the invitation by GSO’s Music Director Maestro Long Yu to lead this meaningful and multi-faceted project.