Event Details

Event Description

Every other year, NYO-China brings together over one hundred of the country's finest young musicians for an unparalleled, all-expenses-paid, month-long summer festival and concert tour. Students are selected through a competitive audition process open to all Chinese citizens aged 14 to 21 years old. The best, who represent leading conservatories from all across China and abroad, gather for a training residency with faculty drawn from the principal players of top-tier orchestras. After two weeks of intensive preparations, the ensemble is given the opportunity to perform in premier venues throughout the world alongside an internationally-renowned conductor and soloist.

In 2017, NYO-China launched with a sold-out concert presented by Carnegie Hall featuring the legendary pianist Yujia Wang, followed by a concert tour of Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern. In 2019, the ensemble travels to Europe with Garrick Ohlsson, the first and only American to win the International Chopin Piano Competition.

On March 27, Robert Blocker, the Henry and Lucy Dean of Music at Yale University, and Vincent Accettola, Managing Director of the National Youth Orchestra of China, will host a discussion about the present and future of NYO-China. The audience will also have the privilege of listening to chamber performances from alumni of the ensemble, as well as learn about the incoming Class of 2019.


  • Speech – Introduction | Robert Blocker
  • Performance 1 | BACH Unaccompanied Suite No. 3 | Yuanyujie Zhu
  • Video – NYO-China: A Retrospective
  • Speech – NYO-China's 2019 Season | Vincent Accettola
  • Video - 2019 Admissions Overview
  • Accepted Students Announcement: Part 1
  • Performance 2 | HANDEL-HALVORSEN Passacaglia for Two Violins | Hanyu Feng & Shiman Yu
  • Speech – A Student's Perspective | Hanyu Feng OR Shiman Yu
  • Speech – A Teacher's Perspective | Guang Chen
  • Accepted Students Announcement: Part 2
  • Speech – Honoring Linda He | Robert Blocker
  • Speech – Creating a Sustainable NYO-China | Vincent Accettola
  • Accepted Students Announcement: Part 3
  • Performance 3 | HAYDEN String Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 "The Joke" | Hanbo Wang

Event Language

The language of the event will be English.

Registration and Payment

RMB 20 for students; RMB 60 for Yale alumni; RMB 80 for others.

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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Remarks & Performance
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Q&A and Networking


  • Robert Blocker (Henry and Lucy Moses Dean at School of Music, Yale University; Senior Advisor, National Youth Orchestra of China)

    Robert Blocker

    Henry and Lucy Moses Dean at School of Music, Yale University; Senior Advisor, National Youth Orchestra of China

    An internationally-renowned pianist, educator, and administrator, Robert Blocker has served as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University since 1995. During his tenure, he has been active throughout the world in promoting music and the arts, including and especially in China. As a senior advisor for NYO-China, he has been instrumental in helping the organization develop partners within the classical music community. In 2006, Dr. Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

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  • Vincent Accettola (Managing Director of National Youth Orchestra of China)

    Vincent Accettola

    Managing Director of National Youth Orchestra of China

    A recent graduate of Yale University (’16 BS) and Harvard University (’17 EdM), Vincent Accettola has served as the Managing Director of the National Youth Orchestra of China since its launch in 2017. In that capacity, he is responsible for articulating and preserving the mission of NYO-China, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization. In 2015, Vincent was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of education for New Jersey’s largest regional high school district.

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  • Guang Chen (NYO-China Teaching Artist, Trumpet  Professor of Trumpet at Central Conservatory of Music)

    Guang Chen

    NYO-China Teaching Artist, Trumpet Professor of Trumpet at Central Conservatory of Music

    Guang Chen is a Professor of Trumpet at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Executive Director of China’s Orchestra Academy, the Visiting Principal Trumpeter of the China National Symphony Orchestra, and a Teaching Artist for the National Youth Orchestra of China. Since graduating from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Chen Guang has performed with numerous acclaimed orchestras, including the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Ballet of China. He was also named by CCTV as one of the “Top Ten Trumpeters in China.

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Student Ticket
Standard Price RMB 20
Yale Alumni
Standard Price RMB 60
Regular Ticket
Standard Price RMB 80


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