More youth audition for a place in the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
THE Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) had its best turnout in years at its recently concluded auditions for aspiring young musicians at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP).
The auditions held from March 10 to 18 saw 175 applicants aged between 12 and 30 trying out their talent, with 86 selected as new members of the MPYO for the 2012/13 Season.
“It is very encouraging to see aspiring young musicians turning up from all over the country with some even making the trip from Sabah and Sarawak. With a prerequisite of a minimum Grade 7 (Associate Board of the Royal School of Music), it also bodes well for the future of classical music in Malaysia to have so many talented and inspired youth taking the stage,” said Kevin Field, principal conductor and artistic adviser of the MPYO.
This was the fourth audition held since the inception of the MPYO in 2006. The sessions were opened to the public through advertisements and news articles in the newspapers and online promotions.
Invitations were also sent to members of the Encounter Training Ensemble, another ensemble under the wing of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s Encounter programme.
Launched on Jan 13, 2006, the MPYO has already secured a reputation as one of the leading youth orchestras in the Asia Pacific. Featuring 105 musicians from across the country as “the stage for young talent", the MPYO performs a variety of great symphonic music.
With an average age of 18, the MPYO will meet twice this year at camps lasting between seven and 21 days at which each musician will receive sectional coaching from Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra members. The camps also include opportunities for chamber music performance among other related activities such as singing, dancing and conducting.
For more information on the MPYO, MPO and DFP, contact Harry Jalil at email@example.com or at 03-2051 7672.