Performance Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 7 PM

New York String Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Celebrate the season with this New York City holiday tradition. For more than 40 years, this group of young musicians-in-training—participants in the annual seminar of the New York String Orchestra—has lit up Christmas Eve at Carnegie Hall with its annual concert. This season, they return to perform a program that includes Mendelssohn’s utterly delightful Violin Concerto with violinist Bella Hristova, as well as two works by Mozart—his symphonic ode to the city of Paris and the overture to his sublime opera, The Marriage of Figaro.


  • New York String Orchestra
    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
  • Bella Hristova, Violin


  • MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  • MOZART Symphony No. 31, "Paris"
  • MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.


  • 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 email to to receive periodic updates.

    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 for more information.

    Jaime Laredo

    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 international prominence.

    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.

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  • Bella Hristova

    Violinist Bella Hristova has a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Her 2013-2014 season features solo, recital, and chamber music performances. Engagements include a performance of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; a national Musicians from Marlboro tour; and two world premieres written for her by David Ludwig and Anthony Ritchie. In 2013, she released Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records), a CD of solo violin works by composers who include John Corigliano, Kevin Puts, and J. S. Bach. A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at many music festivals, including the Young Concert Artists Festival Week in Tokyo, Grand Teton Music Festival, Brevard Music Center Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

    In addition to a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Hristova is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including first prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Young Concert Artists' 2013-2014 Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation Fellowship, and first prize in New Zealand's 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. She made her New York debut in 2010 in the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize. Ms. Hristova is the first recipient of YCA's Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, and has also been honored with the Miriam Brody Aronson Award, Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, and Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists.

    Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, in 1985, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. In 2003, she graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian (YCA alumna) and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her artist diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by violinist Louis Krasner. She is an alumna of the 2004 and 2006 New York String Orchestra seminars.

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Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 (Allegro molto appassionato)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra | Jaime Laredo, Conductor and Violin
IMP Classics

At a Glance

The lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn are eerily similar. Both were child prodigies-precocious child performers and composers who took the musical world by storm. Both also died tragically young, Mozart at 35 and Mendelssohn at 38, robbing the musical world of their great genius far too early. Though they never met (Mendelssohn was born 18 years after Mozart's death), they are both known for their sense of proportion and elegance in their works, while also balancing the cheerful with the grand, the poignant with the playful.
Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.
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