In the second year of a four-year partnership between Music Academy of the West and the New York Philharmonic, ten Academy musicians will travel to New York in January to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program (Jan 2-12), developing their career skills through what President and CEO of the Music Academy of the West Scott Reed calls “an extraordinary opportunity to gain valuable experience alongside the musicians of one of the world’s greatest orchestras.”
During the once-in-a-lifetime immersion experience, described by Music Director Alan Gilbert as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician,” the Zarin Mehta Fellows will take lessons from and shadow members of the New York Philharmonic, rehearse chamber repertoire in preparation for a private performance at The Morgan Library & Museum, perform mock auditions, and join the Teaching Artists of the New York Philharmonic Education program on visits to two New York schools in Queens and the Bronx. The Fellows will rehearse with and may have the opportunity to perform with the New York Philharmonic for concerts on January 7-9 and 12, in a Strauss and Wagner program led by Alan Gilbert, featuring New York Philharmonic Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens.
The 2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows, selected by audition from 65 Music Academy of the West instrumentalists, are: Carl Anderson, double bass; Benjamin Hoffman, violin; Maki Kubota, cello; Nikolette LaBonte, horn; José Martínez, tuba; Rebecca Reale, violin; Rainer Saville, trumpet; Samuel Sparrow, clarinet; Mark Teplitsky, flute; and Naho Zhu, bassoon.
“Playing with the New York Philharmonic was inspiring and intimidating. The first time walking on stage, seeing my seat next to the other members of the trumpet section—it was so unreal for me I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time,” says 2015 Zarin Mehta Fellow Anthony Bellino.
Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien also expresses his enthusiasm: “I congratulate the ten impressive Music Academy fellows who have been selected to join the New York Philharmonic in January 2016 as Zarin Mehta Fellows. We truly believe this kind of unique immersion in the life of an orchestral musician is an unparalleled experience, and we’re proud to be able to offer it to these and other students through our Global Academy. The Philharmonic’s first performance residency at the Music Academy of the West was a magnificent culmination of the first year of this cornerstone New York Philharmonic Global Academy collaboration, and we look forward to several more successful years of partnership.”
The Music Academy of the West is the first American partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. The four-year partnership formalizes a long relationship between the institutions; 13 New York Philharmonic musicians are alumni of the Academy, including newly appointed Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang. The partnership, which began in the summer of 2014, combines training of Music Academy fellows by Philharmonic musicians; biennial performances by the Philharmonic at the Music Academy Summer Festival; and Academy Festival Orchestra performances at Music Academy Summer Festivals led by Alan Gilbert.
The Music Academy’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic has been made possible through the generosity of lead sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.
The Global Academy Fellowship Program, in association with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, is supported in part by The Alec Baldwin Foundation, Inc., an anonymous donor, and other gifts made towards the Zarin Mehta Fund.
Source: Music Academy of the West