New York String Orchestra
One of the country's most acclaimed professional training programs, the New York String
Orchestra Seminar and its alumni have had a major impact on the music world in the United
States and abroad. The program was created in 1969 by arts manager Frank Salomon for
violinist and conductor Alexander "Sasha" Schneider, who chose Jaime Laredo to succeed him
as director. This year, we celebrate Mr. Laredo's 20th anniversary of leading the seminar
by inviting 20 alumni from his years as artistic director and conductor to join the 2013
orchestra in the December 28, 2013, performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6,
"Pathétique." In its 44-year history, the seminar has introduced more than 2,000
exceptional young musicians from across the nation to new musical ideas and offered them
the challenge of performing two professional-level concerts presented by Carnegie Hall.
There is no application fee to apply to the seminar, and all participants receive full
scholarships. If you would like to know more about what the program means to our students
and what the future brings them, send an e-mail to email@example.com to receive periodic
Seminar alumnus Yo-Yo Ma (1977) shared, "[The seminar was] one of the defining moments for
me as a teenager," as it was for so many of today's musical leaders: soloists such as
violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Kyoko Takezawa, and Shlomo Mintz; conductors who
include Peter Oundjian, Joseph Swensen, Douglas Boyd, and Marin Alsop; concertmasters of
more than 40 orchestras (including the Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia
orchestras, and the Los Angeles and Czech philharmonics); members of such ensembles as the
Emerson, Guarneri, Kronos, and Takács string quartets and Brooklyn Rider; and faculty at
leading music schools and conservatories.
This year, the 64 New York String Orchestra members (ages 16-23) are from conservatories,
colleges, and high schools across the US and Canada. Selected through highly competitive
national auditions, students give up their winter holidays to come to New York City for 10
days of intensive orchestral rehearsals and chamber music sessions with master artists,
including members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Orion, and Guarneri string quartets.
The New York String Orchestra Seminar is a program of Mannes College The New School for
Music's New School Concerts Department. New School Concerts thanks the conductor, coaches,
soloists, audition panelists, and advisors for their invaluable contributions to the
project, and the many others whose time, effort, and resources make the seminar possible.
Our thanks to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Colburn
School, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University's The Shepherd School of Music, and the
Wellington Hotel. We thank Michelle Baker, Nathan Cole, Bart Feller, Valerie Feuer, Laura
Flax, Ida Kavafian, Dean Richard Kessler, Diane Lesser, Julia Lichtman, Don Liuzzi, Mary
Malin, Raymond Mase, Frank Morelli, Kurt Muroki, Tara O'Connor, Daniel Phillips, Susan
Sawyer, Michael Seabrook, Stephen Shipps, Linda Strommen, Steven Tenenbom, Jonathan
Vinocour, Peter Wiley, and Hiroko Yajima for their extra efforts on behalf of the project.
Additionally, we are grateful to Carnegie Hall's administration and staff, and the many
others whose efforts go into making the New York String Orchestra Seminar a success. Visit
newschool.edu/mannes/nysos for more information.
For more than five decades, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist,
conductor, recitalist, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Since his stunning San Francisco
Symphony debut at the age of 11, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences,
critics, and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. At the age of
17, he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, launching his rise to
In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Laredo tours as conductor, soloist, and member of the
award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Mr. Laredo and his colleague and former
student Jennifer Koh embark on a project called Two x Four, celebrating the relationship
between teacher and student through music. They perform double violin concertos by Bach,
Philip Glass, and two newly commissioned works by Anna Clyne and David Ludwig. The duo
performed with the IRIS Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Vermont Symphony
Orchestra, as well as with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in New York City, Philadelphia,
and Washington, DC.
Mr. Laredo has recorded close to 100 discs, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Brahms
piano quartets with Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, and Yo-Yo Ma. His recordings include the
complete Bach sonatas with Glenn Gould (CBS/RCA); Triple Doubles, a 2011 album with Sharon
Robinson and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra that includes three double concerto premieres
by Daron Hagen, Richard Danielpour, and David Ludwig; and many award-winning recordings
with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
Mr. Laredo's stewardships of the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall
(this year marks his 20th anniversary as conductor) and the International Violin
Competition of Indianapolis have become beloved educational pillars of the string
community. In 2012, he began his tenure at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He
concurrently holds director positions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Linton
Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati; he was also artistic director of the Chamber Music at
92Y series in New York for 40 years. Born in Bolivia, Mr. Laredo resides in Guilford,
Vermont, and Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson.