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Carnegie Hall Announces Teen Musicians Selected for NYO2 2018

National Program Recognizes Outstanding Young Instrumentalists From Communities Across the Country, Ages 14–17

Carnegie Hall Partners with New World Symphony for Six-Day Residency, Including WALLCAST® Concert, at the New World Center in Miami

Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto Leads Residency in Miami, Followed by Carnegie Hall Performance in July 2018

Program Includes Revueltas’s Suite from Redes, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Gil Shaham

(March 29, 2018; NEW YORK, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 79 young musicians selected from across the country for NYO2, a three-week, intensive summer orchestral training program for outstanding American instrumentalists ages 14–17. The members of NYO2 2018—coming from 24 US states plus Puerto Rico—have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as exceptionally talented musicians who not only embody a very high level of artistry, but who also come from a wide range of backgrounds, representing a future for American orchestral music that includes communities which have often been underserved by and underrepresented in the field. Twenty-two musicians will be returning to NYO2 from previous seasons. In addition, 18 musicians who previously took part in NYO2 have been accepted to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) in summer 2018.

See below or click here for the names, instruments, and hometowns of the members of NYO2 2018.

For the first time, the musicians of NYO2 will travel to Miami Beach for a six-day residency, made possible through a new partnership with the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy(NWS), itself devoted to training the next generation of classical musicians through an experiential curriculum of hands-on training, live performance, and community engagement. As part of their training, NYO2 players will have the opportunity to work with NWS Fellows and alumni leading up to a performance at the New World Center led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. The program will include Revueltas’s Suite from Redes, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Gil Shaham. The concert will also be made available to the community for free via WALLCAST®, with the full performance viewable outdoors in SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the building. During their time in Miami, the NYO2 members will also have opportunities to interact with local young musicians in the South Florida area through NWS community partner organizations, playing and learning side-by-side with one another.

Following their Miami residency, the NYO2 musicians return to New York for a culminating performance at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert are on sale now at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or at carnegiehall.org.

“We are thrilled to partner with the New World Symphony to bring the talented young musicians of NYO2 to Miami for the very first time” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “The opportunity to work with NWS Fellows and learn from conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and violinist Gil Shaham will be life-changing for these students, and we hope they will return home to their communities inspired to further develop their musicianship and use music to connect with audiences and people everywhere.”

“I am so pleased with the opportunity for the talented musicians of NYO2 to work with our Fellows and NWS alumni at the New World Center, a collaboration that coincides with my conducting the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) on tour in Asia this summer," said Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the New World Symphony. "Initiatives like NYO-USA and NYO2 are invaluable for helping to ensure the artistic excellence of the next generation of orchestral musicians. This is a goal we share at the New World Symphony as we prepare our Fellows to be leaders in the world of music, not only in the concert hall but in the community. NWS Fellows regularly teach and engage with young musicians throughout Miami, and they are thrilled to extend their mentorship to the talented youth of NYO2. Welcome!”

“Mentorship is fundamental to the passing of classical music traditions,” said Howard Herring, President and CEO of the New World Symphony. “New World Symphony Fellows and alumni will welcome their NYO2 colleagues for a week of rehearsal and performance. The technologically advanced New World Center is an ideal location for this training and for giving the musicians of NYO2 access to cutting edge digital distribution of their culminating performances. This will be a thrilling collaboration, one that will honor the past and shape the future of classical music.”

The 2018 NYO2 program begins with musicians arriving in New York in early July to begin their training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York. There, they will work with NWS Fellows and alumni as well as other professional players from top orchestras, and will also have opportunities to make music side-by-side with members of NYO-USA, who will be in residency during the same period. Joseph Young, Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Institute, will serve as NYO2’s resident conductor, and the students will also have the opportunity to work with James Ross, music director of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Spain, and Ruth Reinhardt, Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The faculty will lead private lessons, master classes, chamber music readings, and other seminars on essential music skills. During their Purchase residency, the members of NYO2 will join NYO-USA for a free side-by-side rehearsal with local young musicians from the New York City area at 583 Park Avenue (July 7), and perform chamber music at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (July 15), all leading up to their final performances at the New World Center and Carnegie Hall. 

NYO2 2018 Orchestra Roster

* Prior NYO2 member

Emma Boyd, Violin (Madison)
Bethany Simon, Violin (Montgomery)
Vincent Louis Claes, Cello (Phoenix)
Cruise Myers, Bass (Gilbert) *
Caleb York, Timpani/Percussion (Tucson)
Ashni Budge, Violin (La Verne)
Darren Chiu, Oboe (Chino Hills)
Ingrid Hernandez, Bassoon (Los Angeles)
Magy Hernandez, Viola (Los Angeles)
Edward Jung, Violin (San Jose) *
Shinwho Kwun, Viola (San Ramon) *
Skyler I. Lee, Bass (Los Angeles) *
Susan Lee, Violin (San Diego)
Scott Quirk, Flute (Simi Valley) *
Heejun Park, Clarinet (Irvine)
Anoush Pogossian, Clarinet (Glendale)
Matthew Sakiyama, Violin (Millbrae)
Joseph Yu, Trumpet (San Francisco)
Katherine Zhu, Violin (San Diego) *
Tyler Tan, Violin (Cheshire)
Luis Cortez, Trombone (Weston) *
Anthony De Pena, Cello (Miami)
Ethan Hillman, Violin (Tampa)
Ethan S. Olaguibel, Bass (Miami) *
Adam Savage, Viola (Port St. Lucie)
Jiddu Vega, Violin (Miami) *
Yudai Leonzon, Violin (Honolulu) *
Danielle Jöstlein, Horn (Coeur d’Alene)
Julia Marielle Tan, Violin (Boise)
Jaila Carr, Horn (Chicago)
Avi Gotskind, Timpani/Percussion (Chicago) *
Angelica Lorenzo, Timpani/Percussion (Chicago) *
Priyanka Gohal, Harp (Indianapolis)
Bethlehem Kelley, Violin (Lenexa) *
Allen Zhang, Violin (Manhattan)
Arthur Hu, Bassoon (Bethesda)
Samuel Keh, Timpani/Percussion (Ellicott City)
Esther Kim, Oboe (Potomac)
Tracie Kwon, Flute (Germantown) *
Liam Mcconlogue, Horn (Greenbelt)
Aneesha Sampath, Violin (North Potomac)
David Stephens III, Viola (Ellicott City) *
Hannah Suh, Horn (Potomac)
Grace Tifford, Tuba (Rockville)
Laressa Winters, Bassoon (Columbia)
Sean Yu, Cello (Ellicott City)
Kaede Ishidate, Cello (Holden)
Thomas Juhasz, Oboe (Carlisle)
Alex Russell, Trombone (Cambridge)
Soyoung Cho, Violin (Rochester)
Tristin Saito, Viola (Las Vegas)
New Jersey
Laura Futamura, Flute (Middletown)
Danyoung Kim, Viola (Montvale)
Gregory Llewellyn, Cello (Englewood) *
Valerie Mun, Violin (Old Tappan) *
New York
Parker Bruce, Trumpet (Baldwinsville)
Jaycee Cardoso, Violin (Huntington Station)
Lawrence Chai, Viola (Mount Sinai)
Rosee Head, Violin (New Hartford)
Leila Hudson, Harp (Yorktown Heights)
Luna Simone-Gonzalez, Viola (New York)
North Carolina
Aaron Chen, Cello (Asheville)
Jamie Park, Bass (Beachwood)
Thomas A. Green, Bass (Medford)
Myles Bell, Violin (West Chester)
Aaron Berger, Violin (Pittsburgh)
Peirce Ellis, Viola (Philadelphia) *
Sabine Jung, Cello (West Chester) *
Gregory Miguel Padilla, Bass (Philadelphia)
Sarah G. Yoon, Cello (Newton Square)
Puerto Rico
Rafniel E. Rios Babilonia, Trumpet (Aguada) *


South Carolina
Payton Lee, Violin (Duncan)
Dylan Fernandez de Lara, Violin (San Antonio)
Gabriel Ortiz, Trumpet (San Marcos) *
Adolfo Pena, Horn (Brownsville) *
Tyrun Willoughby Jr., Viola (Corpus Christi)
Liam J. Barron, Bass Trombone (Ashburn)
Bryan Kim, Violin (Blacksburg)
West Virginia
Armâan Karimpour, Clarinet (Ona)

About NYO2
Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in summer 2016, NYO2 brings together outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 for a summer orchestral training program with a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Running in conjunction with NYO-USA’s annual summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY, NYO2 offers an opportunity for participants to play alongside exceptionally talented peers and learn from a world-class faculty. The program aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those who will bring greater diversity to classical orchestral music or those who have not had access to highly selective training opportunities through major youth orchestra programs, summer festivals and camps, or similar experiences outside of their local community.

The inaugural season of NYO2 culminated in a side-by-side concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, as well as a pop-up performance at the 23rd Street Armory alongside NYO-USA, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and local instrumentalists from the Philadelphia area. In summer 2017, the members of NYO2 made their Carnegie Hall debut with Guerrero, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Grammy Award–winning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding. This year, NYO2 partners with the New World Symphony for the first time for a six-day residency in Miami Beach, with performances at the New World Center and Carnegie Hall led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and featuring acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham.

To learn more about NYO2, visit carnegiehall.org/nyo2. Applications for NYO2’s summer 2019 season will be available in September 2018.

About the New World Symphony
The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 30 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,000 alumni worldwide. A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ extensive distance learning via the internet. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity based on their musical achievement and promise, as well as their passion for the future of classical music.

To learn more about the New World Symphony, visit nws.edu.

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Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.

With additional funding provided by the Arison Arts Foundation; and Ernst & Young LLP.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

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