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The YouTube Symphony Orchestra Debuts Live at Carnegie Hall on April 15, 2009 at 7:30 PM 

Guest artists include Gil Shaham, Measha Brueggergosman, Mason Bates, Joshua Roman, Yuja Wang and students of Lang Lang
with video appearances by Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang

San Bruno, CA – The YouTube Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Advisor and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, debuts live on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 PM. The event will feature soloists, chamber groups, chamber orchestra, larger orchestra and electronica. A visual journey, created and designed by Travis Threlkel of Obscura Digital, will accompany the music; multi-media projections mapped to the historical Carnegie Hall architecture will transform Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage into an immersive video experience.  

The program will sample diverse periods and styles of classical music, including works by Gabrieli, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Villa Lobos, and John Cage. There will be a sneak preview excerpt from “B-Sides,” a new piece by Mason Bates receiving its premiere in May by the San Francisco Symphony. Videos of Tan Dun’s Internet Symphony No. 1 “Eroica,” written especially for this occasion, are being mashed together to create an ensemble video piece of memorable entrants. The piece will be performed at Carnegie Hall and the video subsequently posted on YouTube.com.  

“The YouTube Symphony Orchestra project has given us an online window into the skills, lives and passions of thousands of musicians around the world,” says Michael Tilson Thomas. “Now we’re looking forward to the excitement of meeting in person and putting together an eclectic playlist of electronic, solo, orchestral, improvisatory and chamber music all celebrating the amazing range of the music we share.” 

Headlining the roster of guest artists are violinist Gil Shaham, soprano Measha Brueggergosman, composer/DJ Mason Bates, cellist Joshua Roman and pianist Yuja Wang. Three young piano students from the International Foundation of the first YouTube Symphony Orchestra Global Ambassador Lang Lang will also perform: Anna Larsen, Charlie Liu and Derek Wang.   

"We are eagerly anticipating the first real world meeting of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra," said Ed Sanders, Product Marketing Manager, YouTube. "It will be a truly global experience, with the more than ninety musicians coming from over thirty countries to learn from each other, to perform with each other and to bring some of their own culture with them to share with New York."

About the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra (www.youtube.com/symphony) is the world’s first orchestra selected entirely through auditions online. The project is a collaboration between YouTube, the London Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Grammy Award -winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Academy Award -winning and Olympics composer Tan Dun, world-renowned pianist Lang Lang, and many other classical musicians and leading institutions.  Since the launch of this initiative in December 2008, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s channel (www.YouTube.com/Symphony) has received more than 14 million views worldwide with visitors from more than two hundred countries and territories.  Over three thousand videos were submitted to YouTube by musicians from Azerbaijan to Venezuela.  These participants, consisting of professional and amateur musicians of all ages and on all instruments, represented more than seventy countries and territories on six continents.

After a preliminary screening by musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, among others, videos from 200 finalists were collected and posted on the YouTube Symphony Orchestra channel in February 2009.  These finalists ranged in age from 15 to 55.  The global YouTube community voted for their favorites and the project’s Artistic Advisor, Mr. Tilson Thomas, reviewed the finalists to create the orchestra that is performing at Carnegie Hall on April 15.  View the winners’ videos on www.YouTube.com/Symphony.
The musicians comprising the YouTube Symphony Orchestra are from more than 30 different countries and territories: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 
The members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra will participate in a classical music summit in New York City April 12-15, under the direction of Mr. Tilson Thomas, that will involve master classes with world-class musicians, rehearsals, and the opportunity to share in each other’s diverse experiences and backgrounds. The summit culminates with the public event at Carnegie Hall.  Additionally, selected video entries of Tan Dun’s Internet Symphony No. 1 Eroica, written especially for this occasion, have been mashed together to create a single video of memorable entrants combined into one ensemble piece that will live on virtually on YouTube,com.

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra marks the first program on YouTube to welcome submissions from nearly every country in the world, and the channel is available in 16 different languages.  YouTube has partnered with more than 40 major classical music organizations and institutions to bring this initiative to musicians around the world.

Meet the Artists

Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Advisor and Conductor of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Over his career he has been committed to expanding classical music to a wider audience. He was the director of the New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concerts for CBS, founded the Discovery Series with the LSO and in 1987 founded the New World Symphony an academy for training the next generation of orchestral musicians. Over 800 graduates of the NWS have gone on to major positions in orchestras and ensembles worldwide. His “Keeping Score” program with the San Francisco Symphony is a multi-platform educational concept. It includes a series of videos that air on PBS, companion websites and educational programs for schools around the country. His educational radio series, “The MTT Files,” won a Peabody award in 2008, and he has won seven Grammys for his recordings.

Awarded both a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and an American Academy in Berlin Prize, composer and DJ Mason Bates moves fluidly between the worlds of electronica and orchestral music.  Recent appearances include performing on electronic drumpad and laptop with the National Symphony Orchestra in his Liquid Interface at Carnegie Hall, creating an evening of concert music and electronica with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, performing his concerto for synthesizer with the Atlanta and Phoenix symphonies, and appearing as a DJ of trip-hop and electronica in San Francisco.  His upcoming premieres include The B-Sides for the San Francisco Symphony and Sirens for Chanticleer.  Mason is on the Young Concert Artists management roster.

Critically acclaimed for her innate musicianship and for a sovereign stage presence far beyond her years, soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day.  An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, performances of the present season take Measha from New York and Toronto to Paris and Munich. Beyond the great concert halls of the world, Measha lends her voice, passion, and energy as a Canadian good-will ambassador for three international organizations: African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF); Learning Through the Arts; and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Comprehensive information may be found at www.measha.com.  Dubbed a "Classical Rock Star" by the press, cellist Joshua Roman has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level. At the age of 22, he had already won the Principal chair in the cello section of the Seattle Symphony and become a favorite among Seattle music lovers, with sold out solo and chamber performances throughout the city. His fearless pursuit of new challenges has since led him to expand his horizons and embark full-time on his growing solo classical career. Homeschooled until the age of 16, Joshua received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Violinist Gil Shaham performs with nearly twenty international orchestras this season, celebrates Pablo de Sarasate’s centenary in New York, on television, and in Spain, and plays chamber music concerts at home and abroad. His recordings, now numbering nearly 30, have earned international awards, and he has produced several CDs for his own label, Canary Classics. Gil was born in the U.S. and raised in Israel, where he began violin studies at seven.  Soon afterward he began studying with Dorothy DeLay, and in 1982 became her pupil at the Juilliard School.  A recipient of the prestigious 2008 Avery Fisher Award, Gil lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony.

Pianist Yuja Wang has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the keyboard repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, fresh interpretations, and charismatic stage presence. Her playing combines the fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Yuja is a recipient of the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award and has performed with orchestras, in recital, and at festivals throughout the world. Born in Beijing, Yuja moved to the U.S. at fifteen to study at The Curtis Institute where she graduated in 2008. Her debut CD, Sonatas & Etudes, will be released by Deutsche Grammophon in April 2009.

Students from Lang Lang’s International Foundation (www.thelanglangfoundation.org)

Pianist Anna Larsen is eight years old and lives in Boston.  She attends public school, and studies piano and composition on the weekend at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School with Ramon Rivera and Alla Cohen.  Anna started playing piano when she was three years old and learned music very quickly.  She played her first 2 part Bach Invention at four years old and first Mozart Sonata at five.  Now, Anna practices about two hours a day with some additional time after school for theory and composition homework.  Anna dreams to play with an orchestra and to travel around the world playing the piano. Pianist Charlie Liu has just turned eight. He began piano at the age of four, and won his first competition at age five. In 2007 at age six, he had his first solo recital, won first place in Massachusetts State Competition (age 6-7 group) and performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Charlie has won each of the 10 competitions he has entered. His 2008 awards include the AADGT Passion of Music 2008 International Piano Competition, Gold Prize of the American Fine Arts Festival Competition, 2nd Prize of the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition. He has performed at various prestigious venues including Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.  Charlie currently studies with Mrs. Ingrid Clarfield of Princeton, NJ.  Pianist Derek Wang is ten years old. He began piano lessons at age five and has studied with Mrs. Dorothy Shi, Mr. Yin Cheng-Zong and with Mrs. Elena Rossman on music expression. He lives in Boston with his parents and older brother and is currently a fifth grader at Mt. Alvernia Academy. An avid Star Wars fan, Derek also enjoys swimming, baseball, computer and video games, and math. His favorite composers are Chopin, Bach, and Beethoven. Derek has been first place winner of the 2008 Bay State Piano Competition of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (9 years old division), 2007 (8 years old division), and 2006 (7 years old division). 

Members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 

Following is a list of the 96 musicians selected to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, chosen from finalists by Mr. Tilson Thomas and the YouTube community.

Violin I
Vadym Borysov (Ukraine)
Benjamin Chan (Albany, NY)
Tiago Manuel De Oliveira Santos (Portugal)
David France (Bermuda)*
Pavel Guerchovitch (France)
Andrea Christine Jarret (Saline, MI)
Roman Krainz (Austria)
Marc Levine (Islip, NY)
Jacqueline Morant (Keller, TX)*
Ben Odhner (Cleveland, OH)
Karla Donehew Perez (Cleveland, OH)
Manuel Ramos Reynoso (Mexico)*
Donovan Seidle (Canada)
Hanah Stuart (New York, NY)*
Flueras Besa Titus (Romania)*
Alexey Zavgorodnyy (Russia)
Jingye Zhang (China)
Violin II       
Alexandra Early (Cleveland, OH)
Jakub Fiser (Czech Republic)
Kyung-Hee Kim (Austria)
Tae Shik Kim (South Korea)
Irina Simeonova Kodin (Brazil)
Calvin Lee (Modesto, CA)
Tien-Hsuan Lee (Allston, MA)*
Jennifer Milicent Lindsay (Torrance, CA)
Dr. Martin Merger  (Germany)
Garegin Nalbandov (Georgia)
Sangmin Park (Germany)
Da Li (China)
Hannah Tarley (Cupertino, CA)*
Annemarie Van Viegen (Netherlands)
Viktor Ba'tki (Hungary)*
Lauren Brigden (Australia)
Yurii Inti Bullon Bobadilla (Mexico)
Jennifer Chang (San Francisco, CA)
Boudrant Clement (France)
Pawet Czarny    (Poland)
Renee Noel Gilliland (El Paso, TX)
Samantha Gillogly (West Brookfield, MA)
Yunior Lopez    (Canada)
Ondrev Martinovsky (Czech Republic)
Alisa A. Seavey (Wayne, PA)
Anna Shumik    (Russia)
Dawson White (Waco, TX)
George Durham (Reno, NV)
Larissa Natalia Ferreira De Mattos (Brazil)
Michal Greco (Czech Republic)
Rachel Hsieh (Baltimore, MD)
Rosette Kruisinga (Netherlands)*
Michelle Kwon (Freemont, CA)
Soojung Lee (South Korea)
Charles Pierre (France)
Michal Shein (Boston, MA)
Stephane Tetreault (Canada)
Laszlo Bencze     (Hungary)
David Z George (Cleveland, OH)*
Kurt Hinterbichler (New York, NY)
Devin Howell    (Harrisburg, PA)
Gennady Krutikov (Russia)
Hyungtag Lee (Cincinnati, OH)
Joel K Negus (Cleveland, OH)
Ian Whitman (Canada)
Nina Perlove (Cincinnati, OH)*
Daniel Stein (Bloomington, IN)*

Nicholas Fitton (Cotuit, MA)
Nir Gavrieli (Israel)*
Koichi Osada (Japan)

English Horn       
Robert Sicca Aguado (Spain)
Victor De La Rosa Lorente (Spain)
Soo-Young Lee (Austria)*
Ana Catalina Ramirez Castrillo (Jackson, MS)

Bass Clarinet       
Marco Antonio Mazzini Herrera (Belgium)
Wade Coufal (Pearland, TX)
Fabio Gianolla (Italy)*

Anrijs Ivanovskis (Latvia/Sweden)
Lin Jiang (Australia)*
James Stephen Moffat (United Kingdom)
David Barreda Tena (Spain)
Armin Terzer    (Italy)
Arnaud Geffray (France)*
Eric D. Moe (Spokane, WA)*
Colin Oldberg (Evanston, IL)
Jonathan J. Brummel (San Francisco, CA)*
Jhon Wilson Gonzalez (Colombia)
Bass Trombone       
Johan Wiklund (Sweden)

Andrew Chester  (Chicago, IL)*
Owain Alexander Williams (United Kingdom)*
Elliott G. Burris (Charlottesville, VA)
Gael Chabot-Leclerc (Canada)
Patrick Chapman (Clover, SC)
Wai Man Lai (Hong Kong SAR, China)
Maki Takafuji (Japan)
Regina Ederveen (Netherlands)*
Tino Balsamello (Italy)*
Darius Klisys (Lithuania)
Celso Garcia Blanco (Spain)


View the winners’ videos at www.YouTube.com/Symphony.

View video introductions from members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. 

Global partners
The YouTube Symphony Orchestra is truly both an online and offline global collaboration. The project has fired the imaginations of participants worldwide and encouraged cross-cultural communication and sharing.  Following is a list of classical music artists and leading institutions from around the world that are partners in the project: 

Amsterdam Music School
Arnhem Music School
Bamberger Symphoniker
Bangalore Music Association
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Carnegie Hall
Conservatorio Real
Valery Gergiev
G. Schirmer
The Hague Music School
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Imma Shara
Juilliard School
Lang Lang
Liceu Barcelona
London Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Conservatory
National Music Conservatory
New World Symphony
New York Philharmonic
Orchesta de Galicia
Orchestra Filarmonica
Orchestre de Paris
Orquesta Nacional
Petersburg Conservatory
Prague Philharmonica
Radio France
Rotterdam Philharmonic
San Francisco Symphony
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra
Tan Dun
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas
William Joseph International Academy
Yale School of Music

Carnegie Hall event information
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7:30 PM YOUTUBE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Advisor and Conductor
(Presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall)  Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage 57th Street & Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Guest artists:
Mason Bates, Composer and DJ

Measha Brueggergosman, Soprano

Joshua Roman, Cello

Gil Shaham, Violin

Yuja Wang, Piano

Students from Lang Lang's International Foundation: Anna Larsen, Piano;  Charlie Liu, Piano; Derek Wang, Piano

With soloists, chamber groups, chamber orchestra, large orchestra, electronica and multi-media, the program samples diverse periods and styles of classical music, including works by Gabrieli, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Villa Lobos, John Cage and Tan Dun’s Internet Symphony No. 1 “Eroica.” 

Tickets ($25-$50) are on sale now through Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 at www.carnegiehall.org.

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A YouTube Symphony Orchestra website specifically for the media is available at: sites.google.com/site/youtubesymphonyorchestra/  

For further information, contact: Kate Berland: press@youtube.com Glenn Petry: (212) 625-2038, gpetry@21cmediagroup.com