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SSO sounds the right note internationally

THE Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has attracted applications from 236 musicians in 25 countries.

The orchestra which was established in 1879, was the first professional orchestra in China and is one of the most outstanding and influential orchestras in Asia.

In April it announced that it would open 103 positions to international players. The deadline for applications is June 12.

This is the first time the orchestra has opened its doors to international players. The overseas auditions will be held in Berlin and New York.

In Berlin 90 musicians will be auditioned and there will be 80 in New York including some overseas Chinese musicians, said Yu Long, the musical director of the orchestra.

"What attracts them is not merely the potential development of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, but living in Shanghai, an exciting city," Yu said.

Of the 236 applicants, one-third are American.

As well as being highly qualified, many of the musicians have experience as players in leading orchestras, like the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Philharmonic Orchestra and the Frankfurt Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Local Chinese musicians including current members of the SSO have been busy preparing for their own auditions. Five principals from international symphony orchestras will be invited to Shanghai to conduct their auditions.


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