Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the finest young musicians from across the country (ages 16–19) to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY), with faculty made up of principal players from top professional US orchestras, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as America’s dynamic music ambassadors.
Launched in the summer of 2013 to great acclaim, the first-ever NYO-USA presented concerts with conductor Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell to enthusiastic audiences at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; in Moscow and St. Petersburg; and in a live televised performance at the BBC Proms in London. The 2014 orchestra—led by American conductor David Robertson with violinist Gil Shaham as soloist—made its debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City, followed by a coast-to-coast US tour. In 2015, NYO-USA traveled to China, performing at seven of the country’s greatest concert halls with conductor Charles Dutoit and pianist YUNDI, including stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. In 2016, the orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall with conductor Christoph Eschenbach and pianist Emanuel Ax before embarking on a European tour with Mr. Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev. Under the direction of Marin Alsop, the orchestra traveled to Latin America for the first time last summer, performing in Guadalajara, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia.
This summer, NYO-USA returns to Asia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon. In the summer of 2019, NYO-USA will return to Europe with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
To learn more, visit carnegiehall.org/NYOUSA.
Conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas made his Carnegie Hall debut nearly 50 years ago, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969, and will celebrate more than 100 performances at the Hall during his 2018–2019 Perspectives series. He is music director of the San Francisco Symphony; co-founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy; and conductor laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, Mr. Tilson Thomas is also noted for his work as a composer and producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and reimagining the concert experience. His compositions have been performed around the world, many premiering at Carnegie Hall during his first Perspectives series (2003–2005). He was also artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 American Mavericks series, in which he conducted the San Francisco Symphony in music by groundbreaking American composers. Mr. Tilson Thomas has won 11 Grammy Awards for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire by composers who range from Beethoven to Liszt, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Khachaturian, and Gershwin, as well as contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. From the start of his career, Mr. Thibaudet has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, including jazz and opera, which he transcribes himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships span the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.
The 2017–2018 season took Mr. Thibaudet to 14 countries and included concerts in Asia with the Singapore, NHK, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras, as well as the Malaysian, Hong Kong, and China philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Thibaudet’s albums have received the German Record Critics’ Award, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Edison Award, as well as two Grammy nominations and a Gramophone Award. In 2012, Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title of Officier by the French Ministry of Culture.