In 2009, YouTube put out a call for world class as well as amateur musicians to submit videos of themselves performing a piece on their chosen instrument for public voting. Once the cream had risen to the top of the talent pool, experts judged the performances, selecting those few who would comprise the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in the spring of 2010.
Google has now completed the final round in judging for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra, after receiving videos from musicians around the world improvising to a piece written specifically for the orchestra by Mason Bates. Of the 336 finalists, YouTube chose 101 winners who rage in age from 14 to 49 and are from over 30 countries and five continents. They will be performing at the Sydney Opera House in Australia on March 20th, 2011.
Below is a YouTube Symphony Introduction video, followed by an amazing audition video by Su Chang of China, playing the Guzheng. You can learn more about each of this year’s winners at the official YouTube Symphony Orchestra YouTube channel.
Via YouTube Blog