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101 musicians From 33 countries Chosen on YouTube Playing Live from Sydney Opera House

In March, 101 musicians from 33 countries chosen on YouTube to make up the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 converged on Sydney for a week long festival of musical collaboration and participation which has been captured here on

The culmination of the week long festival, a Grand Finale concert was streamed live on YouTube from Sydney Opera House. Watch the multimedia extravaganza featuring extraordinary projections on the interior Concert Hall and the exterior sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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    Hyundai Motor Company

    Hyundai and YouTube have come together to celebrate new thinking and new possibilities through the power of music and visual art. We are calling on you to create an original music video that exemplifies the soul and spirit of "Mothership Remix", composed by contemporary classical music artist Mason Bates, composer-in-residence of YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

    Our panel of judges will choose 16 finalists, out of which the YouTube community will choose the winner. The winner will receive a 2011 Hyundai Veloster and a trip to Seoul, South Korea.


    Mason Bates

    Currently serving as a composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, Mason is an American composer living in the Bay Area of California. The music of Mason Bates fuses innovative orchestral writing, the rhythms of electronica and techno, and imaginative narrative forms brought to life by cutting edge sound design. Mason Bates has composed the piece "Mothership" exclusively for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011.


    Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera House produces and presents the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world. In partnering with Google on this innovative and truly collaborative initiative, Sydney Opera House is moving offsite and online to access musicians around the world and give the YouTube community the opportunity to directly participate in this explosion of creativity and its ongoing legacy.


    London Symphony Orchestra

    The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world's leading orchestras. As well as concerts and tours, its many activities include a ground-breaking education and community programme LSO Discovery, a record company LSO Live, its own venue and music education centre LSO St Luke's and a long association with film soundtracks.


    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Working with young musicians and making classical music available to a worldwide audience on the Internet are main objectives of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The orchestra is therefore delighted to support the unique project of a YouTube Symphony Orchestra.


    Sydney Symphony

    Founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Sydney Symphony has evolved into one of the world's finest orchestras as Sydney has become one of the world's great cities. At the beginning of 2009 Vladimir Ashkenazy began his tenure as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor. The Sydney Symphony's award-winning education program is central to its commitment to the future of live symphonic music, and the orchestra promotes Australian composers through performances, recordings and commissions.


    Tourism Australia

    With responsibility for marketing Australia as a destination for business and leisure travellers, Tourism Australia is delighted to be involved in this exciting initiative to stage the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra. As part of Tourism Australia's marketing effort to promote the country, the organisation is leading the way in digital marketing to reach potential travellers around the world. Partnering with YouTube for this initiative is a perfect fit to not only extend Australia's presence in the digital space but to also promote the country's arts and culture to the world.



    Qantas, Australia's national airline, is proud to be the official airline of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 and will fly the Orchestra to the iconic setting of the Sydney Opera House for the week-long music summit. Furthermore, Qantas is looking for a musician or performer with a non-traditional talent to jam with the Orchestra onstage at an exclusive Open Mic event in Sydney. For details on entering the Qantas Open Mic competition to win a 7 night holiday to Sydney, visit the Qantas YouTube channel. The competition runs until Feb 16, 2011. The winner will be announced on Feb 18 and perform onstage with the Orchestra on Mar 19, 2011.


    Unsung Heroes

    As part of YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 we are highlighting the contributions of great music teachers from around the world. We are collecting and posting footage of outstanding music teaching efforts and we've also asked performing musicians to comment on their most influential teachers and their most important musical lessons.

    Check out our 'Unsung Heroes' series on the channel.


    Example Improvisations

    For YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011, we invited you to submit solo improvisations to the specially composed piece Mothership by Mason Bates. To give you inspiration, we asked some notable musicians and YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2009 alumni to have a go at improvising to the piece themselves. The improvisations we got back were fantastic!

    Check out the example improvisations.


    Michael Tilson Thomas

    Michael Tilson Thomas will once again conduct the YouTube Symphony Orchestra when they meet at the Sydney Opera House in March, 2011. MTT is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and YouTube Symphony Artistic Advisor.

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