Dutch women play in YouTube orchestra

3rd March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Three Dutch musicians were selected from among 3,000 entrants to play in the first-ever Internet orchestra.

NEW YORK—Three Dutch women were selected to become apart of a world-wide symphony orchestra. Harpist Regina Ederveen, cellist Rosette Kruisinga and violinist Annemarie van Viegan are the lucky Dutch musicians.

They were nominated from among 3,000 musicians from 70 countries to join the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Musicians from professional orchestras including the London and San Francisco symphonies and the Berlin, Hong Kong and New York philharmonic orchestras picked 200 finalists. The winners were then selected by voters on YouTube.

The YouTube project began in December 2008 in the Netherlands in conjunction with AVR and Radio 4. The Dutch auditions were held via a video website.

The 98 finalists in the competition will play with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 15 April in New York’s Carnegie Hall. It’s the first orchestra to be organized via Internet.

"We are excited about the talent, variety and adventurousness of the musicians who are coming together from around the world to form the YouTube Symphony Orchestra," conductor Michael Tilson Thomas said Monday. "I am looking forward to our exploration of the incredible range of classical music's 1,200-year-old tradition which we will present in a unique way to our audience."

Radio Netherlands/ANP

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