2024 Youth Music Culture the Greater Bay Area (YMCG) is scheduled to take place between January 20 and February 1 in the core cities of China’s Greater Bay Area. Presented under the auspices of Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province, the event is co-organized for the first time by five internationally-renowned music institutions based in the Greater Bay Area: the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO), Xinghai Concert Hall and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Guangdong Province; the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra from the Hong Kong SAR and the Macao Orchestra from the Macao SAR. Maestro Long Yu, renowned conductor and GSO Honorary Music Director for Life, heads the YMCG Artistic Committee, while Maestro Daniel Harding serves as incoming Music Director and will continue this role until 2028. Maestro Harding was formerly the Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris (2016–2019) and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (2007–2017). In 2024, apart from serving as at YMCG Music Director, he also assumes the position of Music Director of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia.
With Maestro Harding in the lead, faculty members joining the 2024 YMCG include top orchestral musicians from around the world: Martin Zalodek (violinist, Vienna Philharmonic); Helmut Zehetner (former principal second violin, Vienna Philharmonic); Amihai Grosz (principal viola, Berlin Philharmonic); Martin Menking (cellist, Berlin Philharmonic); Lorraine Campet (former double bassist, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France); Gareth Davies (principal flute, London Symphony Orchestra); Fabien Thouand (principal oboe, Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia); Lorenzo Antonio Iosco (clarinetist, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra); Benjamin Moermond (principal bassoon, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra); Eric Terwilliger (former principal French horn, Munich Philharmonic); Hannes Läubin (former principal trumpet, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra); Jonathan Reith (principal trombone, Orchestre de Paris) and Karl Thorsson (percussionist, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra). This outstanding group of outstanding artists will work with 100 young musicians selected in China and abroad comprising the YMCG Symphony Orchestra. Together, they embark on a musical journey of discovery.
Within the span of two weeks, 2024 YMCG will host symphonic concerts, chamber concerts, master classes, community performances in urban areas, chamber music salons, faculty workshops, open rehearsals and “Music + Dialogue” events, among others. Concerts open to the public will be presented in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Applications are now open for 2024 YMCG. There will be two audition options: in-person or by video. In-person auditions will be held in Shenzhen from October 28 to 30, when all candidates are welcome to meet and engage with the YMCG jury face-to-face. Please read the guidelines and application procedures carefully. We welcome your participation and look forward to your joining the YMCG family!