The National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China) is a full symphony youth orchestra composed of approximately 100 Chinese musicians aged 14 to 21 years old. Students gather for two and a half weeks in the United States to partake in a training residency before premiering at Carnegie Hall and participating in a concert tour abroad. In doing so, China’s most promising young musicians are able to serve as ambassadors for both their country and their generation on a global stage.
NYO-China was established in 2016 with its first residency and concert tour taking place in Summer 2017, beginning with a debut concert officially presented by Carnegie Hall; the sold-out premiere, which featured renowned pianist Yuja Wang, received critical acclaim from numerous publications including The New York Times. Inspired by Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO-China was created in part to complement its American analogue, which was identified as a cultural pillar at the the US-China High Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) that was co-chaired by Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Secretary of State John Kerry.
The entire program is provided at no costs to students; all expenses, including tuition, travel, and housing, are covered to ensure that no talented musician is ever turned away for lack of funds.