National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, the National Youth Orchestra of the
United States of America (NYO-USA) is a new program that annually brings together 120 of
the most talented young musicians (ages 16-19) from across the United States for an
intensive training residency and tour, led each year by a different world-renowned
conductor. The first national youth orchestra in modern US history, NYO-USA is an
opportunity for high-school-aged musicians to participate in a professional-level
performance program, forge personal and artistic bonds with peers, and represent both their
own communities and the US as their country's musical ambassadors.
The inaugural season of NYO-USA features players from 42 of the 50 states. Chosen through
a rigorous application and review process, they share an exceptional level of musical
achievement while coming to the orchestra from a wide range of backgrounds, mirroring the
country's rich diversity. Because it is a tuition-free program, acceptance into NYO-USA is
based solely on merit, and financial aid is available for travel costs to and from New
Prior to their tour each summer, the NYO-USA musicians come together for a two-week
residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, where they are coached by
first chair players from some of America's greatest orchestras and prepare the tour program
with conductor James Ross of The Juilliard School and the University of Maryland. Faculty
members in 2013-who mentor the young players through individual instrument and sectional
rehearsals, as well as sessions on broader dimensions of musical and personal
development-are drawn from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh symphony
In July 2013, Valery Gergiev-celebrated conductor and music director of the Mariinsky
Theatre-leads NYO-USA in its final set of rehearsals and in debut performances at Purchase
College's Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He then takes
the orchestra to his native Russia for concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg, followed by a
performance in London. American violinist Joshua Bell is the soloist throughout the 2013
NYO-USA will tour to different parts of the world each summer, incorporating cultural
exchange opportunities into its itinerary as often as possible. In 2014, two of America's
most acclaimed artists, conductor David Robertson and violinist Gil Shaham, will join
NYO-USA for a coast-to-coast US tour, including the orchestra first's Carnegie Hall
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Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the debut international tour of the National Youth
Orchestra of the United States of America, an orchestra founded by Carnegie Hall's Weill
Music Institute. Following tour preparation in residence at Purchase College, State
University of New York, Mr. Gergiev and the orchestra perform in Washington, DC, Moscow,
St. Petersburg, and London, with Joshua Bell as violin soloist.
Now celebrating both his 60th birthday and 25 years with the Mariinsky Theatre, Mr.
Gergiev has taken Mariinsky ballet, opera, and orchestra ensembles to more than 45
countries, garnishing universal acclaim. The Mariinsky Concert Hall opened in 2006 and the
new Mariinsky II Opera House opened in May 2013, alongside the historical Mariinsky
A prominent figure in all the world's major concert halls, Mr. Gergiev is the artistic and
general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, founder and artistic director of the Stars of
the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter
Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red
Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel, as well as principal conductor of the World Orchestra for
Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Mr. Gergiev performs with
the LSO at the Barbican, the BBCProms, and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as on extensive
tours of Europe, North America, and Asia. In 2016, he assumes the post of principal
conductor of the Münchner Philharmoniker.
Mr. Gergiev's record releases with the Mariinsky Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra
continually win awards in Europe, Asia, and America. Recent releases include a Mahler
symphony cycle, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Massenet's Don Quichotte,
Shchedrin' s The Enchanted Wanderer, Wagner's Parsifal and
Die Walküre, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7.
Mr. Gergiev has led numerous composer-centered concert cycles in New York, London, and
other international cities, including series focusing on Berlioz, Brahms, Dutilleux,
Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, as well as Wagner's
Ring cycle, and he has introduced audiences around the world to several rarely
performed Russian operas.
Mr. Gergiev's many awards include the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Netherland's Knight of
the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan's Order of the Rising Sun, and the French Ordre national
de la Légion d'honneur.