YouTube symphony orchestra

Musicians from 30 countries have been selected by the video sharing website YouTube and its’ users, to be part of its symphony orchestra.

The musicians will participate in a three-day classical music summit in New York City before performing at Carnegie Hall on April 15 under San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.

Efforts to recruit the musicians began in December 2008, when YouTube solicited video entries from musicians to submit their interpretations of a composition by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun called Internet Symphony Nª 1, Eroica.

A panel of members from orchestras all over the world narrowed down the field of more than 3,000 entries from more than 200 countries.

The shortlist of 200 entrants was published on February 14, and the YouTube community then voted for its favourites to play in the world’s first online orchestra.