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Published on Oct 19, 2018
This summer, Carnegie Hall brought together more than 200 of the finest teen musicians from across the country for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz, a new group that made its debut this summer, celebrating this uniquely American art form. All three ensembles took part in an intensive training residency at Purchase College before performing at Carnegie Hall and embarking on tours across the country and around the world, serving as America’s dynamic musical ambassadors.
Now in its sixth year, NYO-USA returned to Asia for the second time, performing to capacity crowds under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in Beijing and Shanghai, and making its debut in Taipei, Seoul, and Daejeon, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major. After their Carnegie Hall debut, the musicians of NYO Jazz headed to Europe for the band’s inaugural tour, with concerts at prestigious festivals in Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Germany alongside trumpeter Sean Jones and jazz singer Dianne Reeves. And NYO2, Carnegie Hall’s ensemble for younger teens, visited Miami Beach, partnering with the New World Symphony for the first time as part of a six-day residency, including a performance at the New World Center conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto and featuring Gil Shaham for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.