The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic announced they have entered into a four-year partnership that includes the establishment of an Orchestral Academy in Shanghai.
The New York Philharmonic will also perform annually in Shanghai through the 2017-18 season under terms of the agreement, which was signed in a ceremony held at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, in New York on Wednesday.
The academy will address a need for specialized training of musicians in Asia, according to Yu Long, music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Philharmonic musicians will provide high-level training and instruction to students at the academy through three week-long sessions each season, beginning in the fall of 2014, Yu said.
"Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, representing the best future musicians from all over Asia, will benefit greatly from the talent and wisdom of both the New York and Shanghai musicians, just as I know that our audience will enjoy the virtuosity of the orchestra's performances," Yu said.
The first New York Philharmonic performance residency in Shanghai will take place in summer 2015.