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Benjamin Hoffman selected for Global Academy Fellowship Program

Program to give Hoffman, violinist and DMA candidate, training alongside New York Philharmonic musicians
August 24, 2015
Benjamin Hoffman, violin

Benjamin Hoffman, violin

Violinist Benjamin Hoffman ’14 MM, a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music, has been selected as a fellow in the NY Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program.

Ten musicians have been selected to travel to New York in January 2016 to participate in the second year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The program offers opportunities to train and play with Philharmonic musicians as a path toward building a successful career.

The ten 2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows were selected by audition from 65 instrumentalists, all full-scholarship participants at the Music Academy of the West in the summer of 2015.  The fellows will travel to New York in a ten-day training program with a full schedule of events, including rehearsing and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by music director Alan Gilbert, selections from Wagner and Strauss for the Philharmonic’s subscription concerts on January 7–9 and 12.

Alan Gilbert describes the program as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician.” The Fellows will learn directly from New York Philharmonic musicians, an experience that will immerse them in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance, that will teach invaluable career skills.

Scott Read, President and CEO of the Music Academy of the West, said: “This is an extraordinary opportunity to gain valuable experience alongside the musicians of one of the world’s greatest orchestras.”