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Tours and Travels


May 22, 2019

2019 China, May 20: Beijing

Violinists Richard Amoroso and Yayoi Numazawa warm up for the morning’s rehearsal for that evening’s final round of the first-ever China International Music Competition, created by the Global Music Education League and the China Conservatory of Music. Photo by Chris Lee

Manager of Artist Services Kate Schimmer prepares coffee for Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Photo by Chris Lee

May 21, 2019

2019 China, May 19: Beijing and Hong Kong

Acting Associate Principal Bass Joseph Conyers gets in an early morning workout. Photo by Chris Lee

Violist Renard Edwards in front of the China Conservatory of Music, where the Orchestra rehearsed with the three finalists of the first-ever China International Music Competition, in preparation for the finals concert the next evening. Photo by Chris Lee

May 20, 2019

2019 China, May 18: Beijing

Today’s activities included a side-by-side rehearsal and concert with students from Minzu University of China (MUC) and an official anniversary concert commemorating 40 years of US-China Diplomatic Relations at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

May 18, 2019

2019 China, May 17: Beijing

The first “official” day of the tour began with a rehearsal at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Bass player David Fay rides the bus from the hotel to the hall. Photo by Chris Lee.

Musicians arrive at the NCPA, otherwise known as “The Egg.” Photo by Chris Lee

May 17, 2019

2019 China, May 16: Beijing

Thursday was a free day for most of the musicians, giving them a chance to get over any jet lag before the almost-daily schedule of rehearsals/concerts/residency activities begins in earnest.

May 16, 2019

2019 China, May 14-15: Philadelphia—Newark—Beijing

Yannick and the Orchestra embarked on their 2019 Tour of China on Tuesday, May 14, bringing the “Philadelphia Sound” to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai, with Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang as soloist. The 2019 visit marks the Orchestra’s 12th tour of China—the most of any American orchestra—and commemorates 40 years of official U.S.-China diplomatic relations.

April 26, 2019

China: Then and Now—The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Evolving Role

Culture and sports have long been purposeful elements in Chinese diplomacy and US- China relations. A few examples:

June 07, 2018

2018 Europe and Israel, June 6-7: Tel Aviv—Netivot—Lod

Most of the Orchestra musicians returned home on the 6th, but a few stayed behind for the final residency activities. Musicians waited on the bus for the trip to Ben Gurion International Airport. Photo by Jan Regan

The luggage was packed and ready to go. Photo by Jan Regan

June 06, 2018

2018 Europe and Israel, June 5: Jerusalem

Philadelphia Orchestra musicians gave master classes today at both the Jerusalem Music Centre and the Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna. There was also a panel discussion on cultural diplomacy and the final full Orchestra concert of the tour.


Horn player Ernesto Tovar Torres instructs a student during his master class at the Jerusalem Music Centre. Photo by Jan Regan

June 05, 2018

2018 Europe and Israel, June 4: Tel Aviv

There were a number of residency activities today: a side-by-side concert with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic and numerous master classes, both involving the participation of students from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Founded in 2005 as a unique partnership between Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music trains outstanding young musicians and prepares them for professional careers.