Youth Music Culture Guangdong 2019

Oct 9, 2018


Yo-Yo Ma returns to Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) as artistic director in January 2019, joining faculty and participants dedicated not only to sharing music but also to fostering creativity and flexibility. In nine days of orchestral rehearsals, coaching sessions, masterclasses, and conversations, the musicians will explore how culture helps us to connect and to imagine a better future.

“Through the pieces we perform – and through the experience of playing together in bands, ensembles, and as an orchestra – we will discover again one of the central lessons of music: how a unique musical expression, often private and intimate, can awaken in us a higher understanding which makes it possible for us to express our own selves and to understand others.To me, this is why culture – and the roles we play as musicians – are both so important, and never more so than in these fractured times. Culture helps us to understand each other, no matter where we are from, and to imagine a better world together.”

–Yo-Yo Ma

YMCG assembles a group of musicians under the age of 35 for teaching sessions and public performances led by artists from around the world, musicians who play and teach with Silkroad, Brooklyn Rider, the Curtis Institute of Music, and more.

The annual event is presented by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture, organized by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Xinghai Concert Hall, and is led by Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma, Artistic Committee Chairman Long Yu, and Music Director Michael Stern.

Learn more about Youth Music Culture Guangdong and read Yo-Yo Ma’s address to this year’s participants
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