Tradition and Innovation: A Workshop with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on Mentoring, Creating, and Communicating
September 6–17, 2006
 

This workshop is designed to foster the creation of new work and mentor a new generation of musicians and composers in the performance practices of the Silk Road region.

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About The Workshop
About Yo-Yo Ma
Requirements
Tuition, Housing, and Travel
Application
Application Form
Application Deadline
Other Information

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About The Workshop
Participants explore relationships between musical tradition and innovation through the study of existing works and the performance of newly commissioned works. For this workshop, six established composers (Hossein Alizadeh, Gabriela Lena Frank, Osvaldo Golijov, Jeeyoung "Jacqueline" Kim, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and Evan Ziporyn) and two emerging composers (Christopher Adler and Angel Lam) were commissioned to write new works for specific indigenous Silk Road instruments with varying combinations of strings and percussion. Throughout the workshop, Yo-Yo Ma, musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble, and the composers themselves rehearse and work with the participants, sharing their expertise. Sessions take place at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA; participants then travel to New York City for rehearsals and performances in Zankel Hall on September 16 and 17.

About Yo-Yo Ma
The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes over 75 albums, including 16 Grammy Award winners. One of Mr. Ma¹s goals is the investigation of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas; in 1998, he established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of cultural, artistic, and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

Mr. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended The Juilliard School, and graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, including the 1978 Avery Fisher Prize, the 1999 Glenn Gould Prize, the 2001 National Medal of Arts, and the 2006 Sonning Prize.

Requirements
Applications will be accepted for violin, viola, cello, bass, and percussion. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30.

Tuition, Housing, and Travel
There is no tuition for the workshop. Carnegie Hall will arrange and pay for travel to New York and shared accommodations in New York for participants who do not live in New York City; and travel between New York and Tanglewood and shared accommodations at Tanglewood for all participants.

Application
Please complete the application form and return it with the following:
  • A current résumé including teachers, master classes, performing experiences, education/training, festivals, and awards. Percussionists: please indicate whether you specialize in any particular area (pitched percussion, hand percussion, etc.).

  • Two letters of recommendation from present or former music teachers or from musicians of high standing. Letters may be sent separately from the application either by mail or e-mail to PTW@weillmusicinstitute.org but must be marked clearly with the workshop name and the applicant’s name on the front of the envelope or in the subject line of the e-mail.

  • Unedited recordings of:
    1. two movements of contrasting styles from a major solo piece or sonata for your instrument from the baroque, romantic, or contemporary repertoire.
    2. one movement or short piece of your choice that demonstrates musical flexibility and imagination as well as willingness to explore music of other traditions/genres.
    3. a composition or improvisation of your own.

  • A written or 3–­5 minute taped (audio or video) response to one of the following interview questions: Video is preferred (DVD or VHS) and must be in NTSC format.
    1. How would you describe where you and your music fit into the world?
    2. What do you think is the connection between tradition and innovation? Where do you fit into either, or both?
    3. Describe an experience you have had communicating with an individual or individuals from another culture. Did you share a common language? If not, how did that affect the experience?

  • A non-refundable application fee of $40. Payment may be made by check, money order in US dollars, or credit card. Make check or money order payable to The Carnegie Hall Corporation.

Application Form
 Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Workshop Application Form (580 KB PDF)

Application Deadline
All materials must be received by Carnegie Hall no later than Wednesday, May 10, 2006. Applicants will be informed of their workshop status on or about June 23.

Other Information
All workshop participants must be available September 6–­17, including evenings. The preliminary workshop schedule is as follows: September 6–­14: Workshop sessions will take place at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. September 15–­17: Workshop sessions will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York City.