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New York String Orchestra: An Overview

The New York String Orchestra Seminar is one of the country's most acclaimed professional training programs. In 1969, arts administrator and manager Frank Salomon created the seminar for Alexander Schneider, one of the 20th century's preeminent musical figures whose deep commitment to young artists was an inspiration to a generation of musicians. Before his death in 1993, Schneider chose Jaime Laredo to carry on the project's mission. In its four decades, the seminar has introduced more than 1,800 exceptional young musicians to new musical ideas, offering them chamber music coaching from members of the world's top ensembles, and giving them the challenge of performing two concerts, presented by Carnegie Hall. All participants receive full scholarships to ensure no gifted young artist is denied the opportunity due to personal financial limitations.

Alumni of the New York String Orchestra Seminar are found in leadership roles around the world. They include cellist Yo-Yo Ma; violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Kyoko Takezawa, and Shlomo Mintz; members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Orion, Muir, Johannes, Brentano, Takács, and Kronos string quartets; concertmasters and members of the Philadelphia, Metropolitan Opera, and Cleveland orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and the Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, and National symphony orchestras; conductors Peter Oundjian, Joseph Swensen, Douglas Boyd, and Marin Alsop; and faculty members of the most distinguished conservatories and universities in the US.

The 2010 New York String Orchestra is comprised of 64 students (ages 16–23) from conservatories, colleges, and high schools across the United States and Canada. Selected through highly competitive national auditions, the young musicians give up their winter holidays to come to New York City for 10 days. Under the leadership of Jaime Laredo, participants immerse themselves in orchestral rehearsals and take part in chamber music sessions with master artists, including members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Orion, and Guarneri string quartets. This year's chamber music faculty includes bassists Peter Lloyd* and KurtMuroki*; cellists Bonnie Hampton, Sharon Robinson, and Peter Wiley*; violinists Cathy Cho, Eugene Drucker, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin*, Daniel Phillips*, Todd Phillips*, Sylvia Rosenberg*, Stephen Shipps*, Laurie Smukler*, and Hiroko Yajima; violists Samuel Rhodes, Steven Tenenbom*, and Michael Tree; flutists Bart Feller*, Tara Helen O'Connor, and Carol Wincenc; oboist Linda Strommen*; clarinetist Anthony McGill*; and hornist StewartRose. (* Indicates New York String Orchestra Seminar alumni.)

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