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Elaine Yeung

Communications Manager

INTERVIEW

When and where did you first experience the MCO in concert? April 2010 in Ferrara, with Claudio Abbado and Yuja Wang.

What is your most memorable moment with the orchestra? Musical moments aside: seeing a rose, thrown by one of Claudio Abbado’s fans from a box seat after a concert, land perfectly in the bell of a musician’s horn - a beautiful catch!; whizzing up and down backstage corridors on a scooter; helping to organize an audition with over two hundred musicians and trying to remember to buy enough bananas and cookies; watching and hearing the orchestra settle down and tune before the beginning of each rehearsal; listening to the mix of so many different languages at any given point on tour - and realizing how the MCO unites people from such different backgrounds with one goal: to make music together.

What do you need to feel at home whilst on tour?

My watch, to give me a sense of time and place; a good cup of coffee in the morning, and/or enough teabags and a kettle to brew a good cup of tea - the bare necessities, when one can’t travel with a kitchen!

The first piece of music you fell in love with: The Bach violin concertos.

What makes a “perfect” concert? I know that I am listening to the perfect concert when time seems to hold still and there is nothing else on my mind other than the present moment.

BIOGRAPHY

Elaine Yeung returned to the MCO as its Communications Manager in March 2016. Her first encounter with the orchestra took place in 2010, through an internship in the production department. As Communications Manager, Elaine is responsible for presenting the MCO in its different facets: through public relations, print materials, social media and the orchestra’s website.

Elaine played flute, violin and piano for many years, though her greatest satisfaction came from hearing - and seeing - those instruments, joined by very many others, onstage. She found her calling in arts management through an internship at the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, where she could combine her interest in music and writing with being part of what goes on behind the scenes. While pursuing her studies in Music and English Literature in New York and Vienna, she completed internships at the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Guild, American Symphony Orchestra and CAMI Music; upon graduation, she moved to Germany on a fellowship - and has stayed ever since.

After having taken a detour by way of working at Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and as an artist agent at Impresariat Simmenauer, Elaine is happy to be part of the MCO team again - in a role that allows her to share the orchestra’s essence with the outside world.