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!

Instrument Categories

We will be auditioning for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (cymbal and triangle).

Audition excerpts (choose two excerpts only)


Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (3rd Mvt, bars 99 – 114)
Mozart: Symphony No 39, (3rd Mvt)
R. Strauss: Don Juan (4 before fig. H – fig. K)
Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt) (fig. 33 – 6 after fig .38)

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
R. Strauss: Don Juan (beginning to fig. D)
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé, Suite 2 (figs .158 – 161 and figs. 212 – 216)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 (1st Mvt, fig. B to fig. D)

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 (2nd Mvt, beginning to fig. C)
Brahms: Symphony No 2 (2nd Mvt, beginning to fig. A)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 (2nd Mvt, 21 before fig. A to fig.A)

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 (3rd Mvt, beginning to 5 after fig. A and Trio to 23 after fig. B)
R Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (fig. 9 – 6 bars after fig. 12)
Mozart: Symphony No 35 (4th Mvt (bars 134 – 181)
Mahler: Symphony No 1 (3rd Mvt solo)


Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (opening and figs.2 – 3)
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé, Suite 2 (figs. 176 – 179)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
Brahms: Symphony No 4 (4th Mvt, 13 after fig. D to 8 before fig. E)

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (4th Mvt)
Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye Suite, (3rd Mvt, figs 1 – 4, bottom line only)

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (Prelude and Menuet)
Rossini: Overture to La Scala de Seta (beginning to fig. 3)
Brahms:Violin Concerto (2nd Mvt, beginning to bar 32)
R Strauss: Don Juan (figs. L – N)

Cor Anglais / English Horn
Dvorak: Symphony No 9 (2nd Mvt)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (2nd Mvt, figs 6 – 9)

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (1st and 2nd Mvts, fig F to 9 before fig.G)
Brahms: Symphony No 3 (2nd Mvt, beginning to fig.B)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnole (1st Movt, figs. A to C and 3rd Movt, 11 after fig. K to end)

Beethoven: Symphony No 4 (4th Mvt, first entry to Fig. A)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 (1st Mvt, first 12 bars)
Mozart: Overture, The Marriage of Figaro (bars 139 – 171)
Ravel: Boléro (figs. 2 to 3)


Brahms: Symphony No 3 (3rd Mvt, figs. F – G)
R Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (beginning to 5 after fig. 1)
Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (3rd Mvt, bars 82 – 98, 4th horn)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1st Mvt, figs. 25 – 26)

Bizet: Prelude to Carmen
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade, beginning to fig. 2)
Schumann: Symphony No 2 (1st Mvt, first 13 bars (1st and 2nd trumpets)
R Strauss: Don Juan (figs. F to G)

Mahler: Symphony No 3 (1st Mvt, figs.13 – 17)
Mozart: Requiem (Tuba Mirum)
Rossini: Overture to William Tell (first entrance to 40 bars after)
R.Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (2nd trombone, figs. 60 – 65)

Bass Trombone
Haydn: The Creation (No 26) (beginning to fig. C)
Kodály: Háry János Suite (4th Mvt)
Respighi: Pines of Rome: II Pini presso una catacomba
Schumann: Symphony No 3 (4th Mvt, beginning to 13 after fig. A)

Prokofiev: Symphoy No 5 (1st Mvt, figs. 3 – 6)
Respighi: Fontane di Roma: La fontana di Trevi al meriggio (figs. 11 – 14)

Timpani & Percussion

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Intermezzo, bars 42 – 51)
Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (1st Mvt, beginning to fig. A and 18 before fig. S to end)
Elgar: Enigma Variations (Var.VII)
Brahms: Symphony No 1 (1st Mvt, beginning to fig. C)

Dvorak: Scherzo Capriccioso (fig. Q to end)
Rachmaninov: PC No 2 (3rd Mvt, figs. 32-33)

Brahms: Symphony No 4, 3rd Movt (fig. I to end)
Liszt: Piano Concerto No 1 (figs. E to H)

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Financial terms
Tuition fees and local accommodation will be provided throughout the 2024 YMCG; Travel expenses betweeen student’s residence and YMCG locations are at student’s own expense.

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