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NYO-USA Tours China with Dutoit and YUNDI

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) is headed overseas to China this summer on a nine-concert tour that begins in New York. The ensemble, created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, annually brings together some of the most talented young musicians in the US, ages 16–19, to train and perform at the highest level with leading conductors and orchestra musicians while serving as cultural ambassadors for their country.

NYO-USA will perform nine concerts from July 10–26, beginning with a July 10 concert at Purchase College, SUNY, in Purchase, NY (where the group is in residence for two weeks leading up to the tour) and July 11 at Carnegie Hall. The musicians then fly to Beijing for a performance at the capital city’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, before traveling to other top concert halls in several different regions of China. This historic first visit to Asia by NYO-USA follows acclaimed inaugural year performances in Washington DC, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London in 2013 and a coast-to-coast US tour in 2014.

2015 Tour Dates and Locations
July 10 Purchase, NY Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York
July 11 New York, NY Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
July 15 Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts
July 17 Shanghai Shanghai Oriental Art Center
July 19 Suzhou Suzhou Cultural and Arts Centre
July 21 Xi’an Xi’an Concert Hall
July 23 Shenzhen Shenzhen Concert Hall
July 24 Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall
July 26 Hong Kong Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Charles Dutoit, Conductor Laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Artistic Director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, leads NYO-USA this summer. The orchestra’s concert program will include the premiere of a new work from award-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for NYO-USA, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with guest soloist YUNDI; and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

<NYO 2015 China Tour Photo 2>Photo by Chris Lee

NYO-USA’s tour activities will allow America’s finest young musicians to share their artistry with Chinese audiences while also experiencing the richness of China’s culture and history firsthand. As part of their travel schedule, the NYO-USA players will have the chance to tour the cities in which they perform as well as opportunities to interact with local young musicians and participate in informal community performances at stops along the way.

The orchestra’s visit has been designated by the respective countries as one of only four Cultural Pillars of the Consultation on People to People Exchange (CPE) between the USA and China; the Cultural Pillars receive this designation to enhance and strengthen ties between citizens of the US and the People’s Republic of China through culture.

“We are very proud of how the National Youth Orchestra of the USA program continues to grow and develop, showcasing the incredible depth of talent and high level of musicianship found in young musicians from across the US,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “We expect the orchestra’s first tour to China to be a tremendous opportunity for musical and cultural discovery for everyone involved. The arts and culture allow us to make links between people that can’t be made in any other way.”

NYO-USA’s roster for summer 2015 will be announced in early March 2015. The orchestra’s concert at Carnegie Hall on July 11 will be heard worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital streaming series, created in partnership with WQXR and distributed nationally by WFMT Radio Network. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance are on sale now. Prior to the Carnegie Hall date, NYO-USA’s first concert will take place in the Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College on July 10. Tickets are available by calling 914-251-6200 or visiting The Performing Arts Center’s website at

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