Tan Dun | Internet Symphony
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In 2008 Google and YouTube commissioned Tan Dun to write Internet Symphony ‘Eroica’ as a part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra project. Musicians from around the world were invited to audition by submitting videos of their interpretations of Internet Symphony to be judged by members of leading international orchestras. There were more than 3,000 auditions from more than 70 countries. The project culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall on April 15, 2009. The performance was webcast and is available on YouTube. More than 22 million people from 200 countries on six continents have experienced Tan Dun’s feeling of a global music community, encapsulated in Internet Symphony.
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“To me, meeting the musicians online through the internet reminds me of an ancient arranged marriage except it is by Google/YouTube. With my online conducting, the musicians practicing, and the final casting for the performance in Carnegie Hall, I have been rehearsing with the musicians online across the world. Now, after so many months of only meeting online, we can finally meet face-to-face and play eye to eye for the first time in Carnegie Hall. I feel so honored to participate with all the heroes online to invent a new era of classical music, to educate and pass along the traditions of classical music. It is for the encouragement of the younger generation to continue to love, participate and re-invent classical music.”

“The Internet is an invisible Silk Road, joining different cultures from around the world. East or West, North or South, and this project has created a classical music phenomenon, bringing together musical heroes from all corners of the globe.”

–Tan Dun

“The first of many standing ovations of the night went to Internet Symphony 1, Eroica by Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, which received its world premiere.”

–Claire Prentice, The Daily Telegraph (London), April 16, 2009



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World Premiere

April 15, 2009
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall
Other Major Performances

March 31, 2013
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall
Elden Seta, conductor
Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra

May 19, 20, 2012
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
Jung-Ho, Park, condutor

May 4, 5, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Lang Lang, piano
Lang Yu, conductor

January 22, 2012
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Internet Symphony Orchestra
Cynthia Woods, condutor

July 17, 2011
Interlochen, Michigan
World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Jung-Ho Pak, condutor

May 12, 15, 2011
St. Ingbert, Saarbrucken
Landes-Jugend-Symphonie-Orchester Saar

March 23, 2010
Taipei, Taiwan
National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan
National Concert Hall

Feb 27, 2010
Rome, Italy
Il Parco della Music
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Jan 29, 2010
Madrid, Spain
Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Teatro Real

April 21, 2009
London, England
Barbican Centre
London Symphony Orchestra
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