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NYO-USA 2018

In 2018, the orchestra traveled to Asia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Ted Hearne alongside works by Sibelius and Gershwin. The tour kicked off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon.

Download the 2018 NYO-USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz Commemorative Book.


TED HEARNE Brass Tacks (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F Major
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

BIZET Farandole from L’Arlésienne
COPLAND “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
MEREDITH MONK “Panda Chant II” from The Games
TRADITIONAL “Longing for Mt. Geumgang” (arr. Lincoln Valdez)

Meet the Orchestra



Nicholas Abrahams
Boca Raton, FL
Fiyifolu Adebekun
Gilbert, AZ *
Brandon Aponte
Blue Hill, ME
Kevin Bai
Plano, TX *
Simon Luke Brown
Davis, OK *
Claire Cai
Mount Sinai, NY *
Anabel Carvajal
Miami, FL +
Drew Dansby
Charlotte, NC *
Hannah Duncan
Belle Plaine, IA *
Epongue Ekille
Rochester, NY +
Akili Farrow
Philadelphia, PA
Matthew Hakkarainen
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Kingston Ho
New Providence, NJ + *
Faustina Housner
Cherry Hill, NJ
Erica Yeawon Hwang
San Diego, CA *
Ryan Jeong
Ames, IA
Alyssa Kim
River Edge, NJ *
Symphony Koss
Vancouver, WA
Devin Lai
Morgantown, WV +
Charlotte Loukola
West Palm Beach, FL
Sofia Matthews
Berkeley, CA
Johnny May
Penn Valley, PA *
Haeun Moon
Waco, TX
Sam Parrini
Greenville, SC
Rohun Rajpal
Eastchester, NY
Adrian Rogers
Bronx, NY
Julia Su
Marietta, GA +
Jason Wang
Keller, TX *
Annalisa Welinder
Port Jefferson, NY *
Sophia Yiwen Zheng
West Palm Beach, FL


Amelia Abouljoud
Detroit, MI +
Clara Bouch
Cherry Hill, NJ
Sophie Choate
Provo, UT *
Juliette Duguid
Westfield, NJ + *
Matthew Garcia
Harlingen, TX + *
Alexandra Hong
Manhasset, NY +
Wilson Hsu
Brookline, MA
Brian Isaacs
Forest Hills, NY
Yong Ha Jung
Flower Mound, TX
Alex Koller
Orlando, FL *
Elizabeth Nguyen
Clayton, MO
Julian Seney
Los Angeles, CA
Anabel Tejeda
West Palm Beach, FL
Cameren Anai Williams
West Palm Beach, FL


Quenton Xavier Blache
Wake Forest, NC
Joshua Chiang
San Jose, CA *
Ryan Chung
Manhasset, NY *
Roric Cunningham
Manchester, NH
Simon Housner
Cherry Hill, NJ *
Annie SeEun Hyung
Orange, CA *
Haddon Kay
Chicago, IL
Kristy Park
Bellevue, WA
Robin Park
Princeton Junction, NJ
Megan Savage
Port St. Lucie, FL
Alexander Wu
Penn Valley, PA *
Eric Zaks
Needham, MA


Andrew Gantzer
Centreville, VA
Pablo Kennedy
Austin, TX *
Rachel Martin
Pittsburgh, PA *
Dimitrios Mattas
Fruit Heights, UT *
Ethan Moffitt
Glendale, CA
Diego Garza Romero
Edinburg, TX + *
Ella Sharpe
Winston-Salem, NC *
William Swett
New York, NY *



Khoi Dinh
Los Angeles, CA +
Phoebe Rawn
Seattle, WA
Alyssa Tinsley
Kingwood, TX
Lindsey Wong
Cincinnati, OH


Peter Davies
Dallas, TX *
Alexander Mayer
Phoenix, AZ
Kara Poling
Reisterstown, MD +
Kate Wegener
Easton, CT *


Jonathan Jalbert
Meadows Place, TX *
Kofi Kwapong
Sarasota, FL
Javier Morales-Martinez
Los Angeles, CA +
Alisha Zamore
Stockbridge, GA


Jordan Farber
Las Vegas, NV
Julian Gonzalez
Miami, FL +
Vincent Igusa
Baltimore, MD +



Nathan Cloeter
Lake Jackson, TX + *
August Haller
Brooklyn, NY *
Clare Phelps
Darien, CT
Gaby Pho
Annandale, VA
Scott Sanders
Mansfield, TX *


Remi Beltran
Nanuet, NY
Shania Cordoba
El Paso, TX
Forrest Johnston
Great Falls, VA
Samuel Stout
Grand Ridge, IL


Megan Martin
Grayslake, IL
Noah Stein
Yardley, PA

Bass Trombone

David Schonberger
El Paso, TX + *


David Stein
Morristown, NJ


Timpani and Percussion

Jeremy Davis
Diamond Bar, CA *
Will Harris
Greenville, SC
Simon Herron
Hanover, NH *


Apprentice Composer

Conducting Apprentice

Richard Kaminuma
Chelmsford, MA
Christina Morris
Freeport, NY

Apprentice Orchestra Manager

Antonio Jarvey
Great Falls, MT

Apprentice Orchestra Librarian

NYO-USA 2018 Guest Artists

Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas made his Carnegie Hall debut nearly 50 years ago, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969, and celebrates more than 100 ...

Conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas made his Carnegie Hall debut nearly 50 years ago, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969, and celebrates more than 100 performances at Carnegie Hall with his upcoming Perspectives series during the 2018–2019 season. 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 a 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. He has won 11 Grammy Awards for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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 a range of ...

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 a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire by composers who range from Beethoven through 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 takes Mr. Thibaudet to 14 countries and includes 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 recording catalogue of more than 50 albums has received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Edison Award, as well as two Grammy Award nominations and Gramophone and Echo awards. Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title of Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.

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James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Ruth Reinhardt, Assistant Conductor
Andrew Crust, Assistant Conductor

Benjamin Bowman, Concertmaster, The MET Orchestra
David Halen, Concertmaster, Saint Louis Symphony
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Beth Guterman Chu, Principal Viola, Saint Louis Symphony
Wei Yu, Principal Cello, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Robin Kesselman, Principal Bass, Houston Symphony
Jeff Turner, Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Julia Bogorad-Kogan, Principal Flute, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Jonathan Fischer, Principal Oboe, Houston Symphony
Mark Nuccio, Principal Clarinet, Houston Symphony
Steve Williamson, Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoon, The Philadelphia Orchestra

David Cooper, Principal Horn, Berlin Philharmonic
Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Weston Sprott, Acting Principal Trombone, The MET Orchestra
Peter Sullivan, Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Chris Hall, Principal Tuba, The MET Orchestra
Kyle Turner, Principal Tuba, Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpani, The MET Orchestra
Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpani, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony


July 19: Carnegie Hall, (New York)
July 24: National Concert Hall (Taipei)
July 27: Shanghai Symphony Hall (Shanghai)
July 29: National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing)
August 1: LOTTE Concert Hall (Seoul)
August 3: Daejeon Arts Center (Daejeon)

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

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Major funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Additional funding has been provided by Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation, IAC, and The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation.

Blavatnik Family Foundation

Founder Patrons; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

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