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NYO-USA 2019

In 2019, NYO-USA returned to Europe with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, performing works by R. Strauss, Prokofiev, and Berlioz. The tour kicked off with concerts at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall that featured soloist Isabel Leonard, followed by a performance in Berlin with Magdalena Kožená, and continuing with concerts in Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Germany alongside Joyce DiDonato.

Download the 2019 NYO-USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz Commemorative Book.

Season Highlights

NYO-USA Concert Videos

NYO-USA Performs Glinka’s Overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila”

Watch Sir Antonio Pappano lead NYO-USA in a performance of Mikhail Glinka’s Overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila” as an encore to the ensemble’s performance at Konzerthaus Berlin in 2019.


BENJAMIN S. BECKMAN* Occidentalis (World Premiere)
TYSON J. DAVIS* Delicate Tension (World Premiere)
BERLIOZ Les nuits d'été, Op. 7
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100
R. STRAUSS Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

ELGAR “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations, Op. 36
GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila
ROSSINI Galop from William Tell Overture

*2019 NYO-USA Apprentice Composer

Meet the Orchestra



Messiah Ahmed
Dallas, TX
Kevin Bai
Plano, TX *
Daniel Cho
Wyncote, PA
Dylan Fernandez de Lara
San Antonio, TX +
Michael Fisher
Williamsport, PA
Beau Henson
Ames, IA
Kingston Ho
New Providence, NJ + *
Faustina Housner
Cherry Hill, NJ *
Annika Hsu
Vienna, VA
Erica Yeawon Hwang
San Diego, CA *
Bethlehem Kelley
Lenexa, KS +
Ruth Kelley
Kernersville, NC
Kyuna Kim
Vestavia Hills, AL
Jory Lane
Colorado Springs, CO
Christine Lee
Saratoga, CA
Ajay Mallya
Cupertino, CA
Myles McKnight
Asheville, NC
Sophia Molina
Miami, FL
Haeun Moon
Waco, TX *
Nikki Naghavi
Frisco, TX
Valentina Paolucci
West Palm Beach, FL
Jina Park
Lexington, KY
Sean Takada
New York, NY
Julia Wang
Sunnyvale, CA
Annalisa Welinder
Port Jefferson, NY *
Roger Xia
Davis, CA
Sylvan Zhang
Stillwater, OK
Sophia Yiwen Zheng
Palm Beach Gardens, FL *


Roger Cawdette
Boston, MA
Sophie Choate
Provo, UT *
Juliette Duguid
Westfield, NJ + *
Matthew Garcia
Harlingen, TX + *
Gillian Hilscher
Sioux Falls, SD +
Alexandra Hong
Manhasset, NY + *
Brian Isaacs
Forest Hills, NY *
Danyoung Kim
Montvale, NJ +
Shinwho Kwun
San Ramon, CA +
Miranda Lucas
Winchester, VA
Mackie Moore
Salt Lake City, UT
Andy Park
South Pasadena, CA
Karlie Roberts
Eugene, OR *
Elissa Volling
Denver, CO


Quenton Xavier Blache
Wake Forest, NC *
Roric Cunningham
Manchester, NH *
Drew Dansby
Charlotte, NC *
Alexis DePaolo
Casper, WY
Alice Guo
Overland Park, KS
Alexandra He
Bryn Mawr, PA
Kaede Ishidate
Holden, MA +
Gregory Llewellyn
Englewood, NJ +
Kristy Park
Bellevue, WA *
Robin Park
Princeton Junction, NJ *
Kevin Song
San Diego, CA


Catherine Deskur
Vestal, NY +
Andrew Gantzer
Centreville, VA *
Diego Garza-Romero
Edinburg, TX + *
Eliot Lee
Seattle, WA
Orion Miller
New York, NY
Isaac Present
Winston-Salem, NC
Tim Rinehart
Chapel Hill, NC
Shane Savage
Port St. Lucie, FL +



David Davisson
Livermore, CA
Laura Futamura
Middletown, NJ +
Joanna Kim
Austin, TX
Scott Quirk
Simi Valley, CA +
Phoebe Rawn
Seattle, WA *


Caroline Becker
College Station, TX
Peter Davies
Dallas, TX *
Hannah Lee
Suwanee, GA
Oliver Talukder
Glenview, IL


Andrew Chang
Rowland Heights, CA
Anoush Pogossian
Los Angeles, CA +
Francisco Vidales
Alpharetta, GA
Noah Yi
Plano, TX


Jordan Farber
Las Vegas, NV *
Julian Gonzalez
Miami, FL + *
Vincent Igusa
Baltimore, MD + *
Kaitlyn Mills
Bloomington, IN
Emily O'Donnell
Temecula, CA



Hugo Bliss
Seattle, WA
August Haller
Brooklyn, NY *
Kurt Lautenshlager
San Antonio, TX
Liam McConlogue
Greenbelt, MD +
Jackson Prasifka
McKinney, TX
Scott Sanders
Mansfield, TX *
Jacob Speakman
College Station, TX
Carys Sutherland
Southlake, TX


Paul Armitage
Newnan, GA
Trevor Holmes
Coppell, TX
Forrest Johnston
Great Falls, VA *


Will Fowler
Rockville, MD
Gracie Potter
Surprise, AZ +

Bass Trombone

Nate Petersen
Deltona, FL


Destin Hoskins
Orange City, FL
Ben McWilliams
Kalamazoo, MI


Timpani and Percussion

Serena Bangia
Buffalo, NY
Jeremy Davis
Diamond Bar, CA *
Will Harris
Greenville, SC *
Robert Lenau
South Plainfield, NJ
Jakob Schoenfeld
Oviedo, FL *


Rebekah Hou
Okemos, MI
Sophie Thorpe
Columbia, MO

Piano and Organ


Apprentice Composer

Benjamin S. Beckman
Los Angeles, CA
Tyson J. Davis
Winston-Salem, NC

Apprentice Orchestra Manager

Sofia Corona
Baltimore, MD

Apprentice Orchestra Librarian

Phoebe Propst
Asheville, NC

NYO-USA 2019 Guest Artists

Sir Antonio Pappano

One of today’s most sought-after conductors, Sir Antonio Pappano has been music director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005; he has also been music director of the  ...

One of today’s most sought-after conductors, Sir Antonio Pappano has been music director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005; he has also been music director of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, since 2002. Acclaimed for his charismatic leadership and inspirational performances in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, he was nurtured as a pianist, répétiteur, and assistant conductor at many of the most important opera houses in Europe and North America, including the Bayreuth Festival, where he was a musical assistant to Daniel Barenboim, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Mr. Pappano made debuts at the Vienna State Opera in 1993, at the Metropolitan Opera in 1997, and at the Bayreuth Festival in 1999. He has conducted many of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic; the Chicago, Boston, and London symphony orchestras; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; the Berliner Philharmoniker; and the Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. He has worked at the San Francisco Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, and Staatsoper Berlin, and recently made operatic debuts at the Salzburg Festival (Don Carlo) and Teatro alla Scala (Les Troyens).

Highlights of the 2018–2019 season and beyond include Wagner’s complete Ring cycle, as well as productions of Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Verdi’s La forza del destino and Otello at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mr. Pappano also performs with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and appears at London’s Wigmore Hall as a pianist with baritone Matthias Goerne.

Mr. Pappano records exclusively for Warner Classics. His discography features numerous complete operas, as well as many orchestral recordings with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and other ensembles. As a pianist, Mr. Pappano appears as an accompanist with some of the most celebrated singers, including Joyce DiDonato, Gerald Finley, and Ian Bostridge. He has also partnered on recordings that include operatic recitals with Nina Stemme, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, and Jonas Kaufmann; chamber recitals with Ms. DiDonato, Mr. Bostridge, and Barbara Bonney; and concerto performances with Leif Ove Andsnes, Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Jan Lisiecki, and Beatrice Rana.

Sir Antonio Pappano
Sir Antonio Pappano by Musacchio & Ianniello / EMI Classics

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Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards and the 2018 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Ms. DiDonato has soared ...

Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards and the 2018 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Ms. DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry as both a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts. She has gained international prominence performing the operas of Handel and Mozart and the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti, as well as through her wide-ranging and acclaimed discography.

Much in demand on the concert and recital stage, Ms. DiDonato has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, appeared as guest soloist at the BBC Proms, and toured extensively to the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, and extensive touring with Il Pomo d’Oro under Maxim Emelyanychev, as well as recitals with the Brentano String Quartet at Wigmore Hall and with Antonio Pappano at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The 2018–2019 season sees Ms. DiDonato’s first staged performance of Didon in Les Troyens at the Vienna State Opera, as well as Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera and Agrippina in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro. She also performs at the BBC Proms, in Hamburg with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, at Carnegie Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Mr. Nézet-Séguin, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Mr. Muti, the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Mr. Pappano, and Il Pomo d’Oro under Mr. Emelyanychev on a tour to Moscow and Asia.

Ms. DiDonato is an exclusive recording artist with Erato / Warner Classics. Her most recent release, Les Troyens, won the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the complete opera recording category at the 2018 International Opera Awards, and is nominated in the opera category at this year’s Gramophone Awards.

Joyce DiDonato
Joyce DiDonato by Simon Pauly

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Magdalena Kožená

Magdalena Kožená was born in the Czech city of Brno and studied voice and piano at the Brno Conservatory; she later studied at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts with Eva ...

Magdalena Kožená was born in the Czech city of Brno and studied voice and piano at the Brno Conservatory; she later studied at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts with Eva Blahová. She has been awarded several major prizes in the Czech Republic and internationally, notably at the Sixth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995.

Ms. Kožená has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Sir Roger Norrington. Her list of distinguished recital partners includes pianists Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Malcolm Martineau, Sir András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida. She has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, and Salzburg festivals.

Ms. Kožená has cultivated her facility with historical performance practices in collaboration with outstanding period-instrument ensembles, including the English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Venice Baroque Orchestra, and Le Concert d’Astrée. She is also in demand as a soloist with the Berlin, Vienna, and Czech philharmonics; The Cleveland Orchestra; The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Recent highlights include the Héroïnes Baroques tour with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée in early 2018, and a 2017 European tour of a program that joined the roots of flamenco with the music of the Spanish Baroque era. On the latter tour, she was joined by Spanish Baroque ensemble Private Musicke and flamenco dancer Antonio el Pipa with his Compañía de Flamenco, performing at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and venues in Madrid and Barcelona.

Magdalena Kožená
Magdalena Kožená by CEMA / Oleg Rostovtsev

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Isabel Leonard

Highly acclaimed for her passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty, multiple Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the ...

Highly acclaimed for her passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty, multiple Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage.

In repertoire that spans Vivaldi to Mozart to Nico Muhly, Ms. Leonard has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera. She has starred in such roles as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Charlotte (Werther), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Costanza (Griselda), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), the title role in La Périchole, and Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

Ms. Leonard has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time, including James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézét-Seguin, Franz Welser-Möst, Plácido Domingo, Edward Gardner, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Michele Mariotti, Harry Bicket, Andris Nelsons, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. She most recently won Grammy Awards (Best Opera Recording) for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges recorded with Seiji Ozawa on Decca, and Thomas Adès’s The Tempest with the Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon. She is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on the Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees.

Ms. Leonard is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award. She has also joined supporters of the Prostate Cancer Foundation to lend her voice in honor of her father, who died from the disease when she was in college.

Isabel Leonard

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James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Deanna Tham, Assistant Conductor

Alex Kerr, Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Kerri Ryan, Assistant Principal Viola, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Susan Babini, Principal Cello, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Ali Yazdanfar, Principal Bass, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Seth Morris, Principal Flute, The MET Orchestra
Jennifer Gunn, Piccolo and Flute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Peters, Associate Principal Oboe and English Horn, North Carolina Symphony
Pedro Díaz, Solo English Horn, The MET Orchestra
Jonathan Gunn, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, The University of Texas at Austin
Ricardo Morales, Principal Clarinet, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Carin Miller Packwood, Principal Bassoon, Oregon Symphony
Holly Blake, Contrabassoon and Bassoon, The Philadelphia Orchestra

David Cooper, Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Billy Hunter, Principal Trumpet, The MET Orchestra
Tage Larsen, Fourth/Utility Trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
James Markey, Bass Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Austin Howle, Principal Tuba, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpani, The MET Orchestra
Leonardo Soto, Principal Timpani, Houston Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Jones, Principal Percussion, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony
Nancy Allen, Principal Harp, New York Philharmonic
Jessica Zhou, Principal Harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Eric Huebner, Principal Piano, New York Philharmonic
Raymond Nagem, Associate Director of Music and Organist, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Bryan Wagorn, Piano/Assistant Conductor, The Metropolitan Opera

August 1: Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox, Massachusetts)
August 3: Carnegie Hall (New York)
August 6: Konzerthaus (Berlin)
August 9: Usher Hall (Edinburgh)
August 11: Royal Albert Hall (London)
August 13: Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)
August 14: Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg)

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: Michael ByungJu Kim and Kyung Ah Park, Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

United Airlines

Major funding has been provided by the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation, Ronald E. Blaylock and Petra Pope, Lorraine Buch Fund for Young Artists, Estate of Joan Eliasoph, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A.E. Charitable Foundation, Clive and Anya Gillinson, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Marc Haas Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, Melanie and Jean E. Salata, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc, and United Airlines, Airline Partner to the National Youth Ensembles.

Additional funding has been provided by the Alphadyne Foundation, Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation, IAC, Stella and Robert Jones, Martha and Robert Lipp, Lauren and Ezra Merkin, Beth and Joshua Nash, The Netherland-America Foundation, The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation, Linda Wachner, David S. Winter, and Judy Francis Zankel.

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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