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NYO2 2019

In 2019, NYO2 returned to Miami Beach, Florida, with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto through a continued partnership with the New World Symphony. Performances at the New World Center and Carnegie Hall featured pianist Gabriela Montero performing her own Piano Concerto No. 1, “Latin.”

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

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NYO2 Concert Videos

Behind the Scenes: NYO2 at Carnegie Hall

Performing at Carnegie Hall is an experience like no other. See NYO2’s past performance on this legendary stage through the eyes of the orchestra’s young musicians.

FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat (abridged)
GABRIELA MONTERO Piano Concerto No. 1, “Latin”
STRAVINSKY Pétrouchka (1947 version)

BERMUDEZ / GABRIELA ORTIZ Colombia Tierra Querida (orch. Rubén Darío Gómez Prada) / Antrópolis

Meet the Orchestra



Colin Aponte
Blue Hill, ME
Ashni Budge
La Verne, CA +
Matthew Chang
Los Angeles, CA
Melody Gawon Choi
San Jose, CA
Aidan Daniels
Frankfort, IL
Bryan Kim
Blacksburg, VA +
Eliana Lee
Bedford Corners, NY
Yudai Leonzon
Honolulu, HI +
Semaj Murphy
Philadelphia, PA
Caleb T. Reed
Philadelphia, PA
Matthew Sakiyama
Millbrae, CA +
Tyler Tan
Cheshire, CT +
Jaylin Vinson
Oklahoma City, OK
Stephanie Yoshida
Honolulu, HI


Lawrence Chai
Mount Sinai, NY +
Nia McQuarters
Portland, OR
Ansley Moe
Spartanburg, SC
Jeremiah Moultrie
Charleston, SC
Tristin Saito
Henderson, NV +
Marco Santistevan
Rio Grande City, TX
Cindy Xu
San Jose, CA
Hailey Xu
Greer, SC


Alex Aranzabal
Londonderry, NH
Gloria Cai
Ellicott City, MD
Aaron Chen
Arden, NC +
Elena Chen
Cupertino, CA
Anthony De Peña
Miami, FL +
Andrew Do
Irvine, CA
Josephine Kim
San Diego, CA
Aiden Krogh
Grand Forks, ND


Thomas Green
Medford, OR +
Arwyn Ivey
Tarpon Springs, FL
Eli Pace
Dublin, OH
Jamie Park
Beachwood, OH +



Sasha Hitachi-Kizziah
Chattanooga, TN
Minsoo Kwon
Seattle, WA
John Robert Santiago
Los Angeles, CA


Thomas Juhasz
Carlisle, MA +
Coleton G. Morgan
Hartville, WY
Helen Skilbred
Upland, CA


Kah’lin Jordan
Birmingham, AL
Joanna Lin
Fargo, ND
Cole Turkel
Los Angeles, CA


William Ramos
Palm Harbor, FL
Nathan Shepherd
Lanesville, IN



Yui Ginther
Austin, TX
Erin Harrigan
Trumansburg, NY
Adolfo Pena
Brownsville, TX +
Keneil Soni
Albertson, NY
Sara Vollenweider
Metairie, LA


Amber Bowen-Longino
Beltsville, MD
Gage Ellis
Longview, TX
Evelyn Hartman
Petoskey, MI
Joseph Yu
San Francisco, CA +


Eli Canales
San Antonio, TX
Jonathan Salcedo
Phoenix, AZ

Bass Trombone

Rafael Noriega
Chicago, IL


Jimmy Curto
Wilton, CT


Timpani and Percussion

Sean C. Edwards
Chicago, IL +
Avi Gotskind
Chicago, IL +
Bridget Hemesath
Chicago, IL
Caleb York
Tucson, AZ +


Jadelyn Ding
State College, PA
Leila Hudson
Yorktown Heights, NY +

Orchestral Piano

Karina Wugang
McLean, VA

NYO2 2019 Guest Artists

Carlos Miguel Prieto

Carlos Miguel Prieto (Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year) is known for his charismatic conducting and dynamic, expressive interpretations, which have led to major ...

Carlos Miguel Prieto (Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year) is known for his charismatic conducting and dynamic, expressive interpretations, which have led to major engagements and popular acclaim throughout North America, Europe, and beyond. In recent seasons, he has appeared with leading orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Beijing Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

Following a summer leading Carnegie Hall’s NYO2—which he returns to lead again in 2019—Mr. Prieto begins the 2018–2019 season conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, makes his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in November, and returns to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in December. In the spring of 2019, he makes return appearances with the Hallé Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, and Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa. This season marks Mr. Prieto’s 13th as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2006, he has been part of the cultural revitalization of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. On February 27, 2018, he led the orchestra in its Carnegie Hall debut in a concert celebrating the 80th birthday of composer Philip Glass.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Mr. Prieto is an influential cultural leader and the leading Mexican conductor of his generation. Since 2007, he has been the music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the country’s most important orchestra. In 2008, he was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. Mr. Prieto is renowned for championing and commissioning new Latin American music and has conducted more than 100 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers.

A passionate proponent of music education, Mr. Prieto served as principal conductor of The Orchestra of the Americas from its inception until 2011, when he was appointed music director. In early 2010, he conducted the ensemble alongside Valery Gergiev on the 40th anniversary of the World Economic Forum at Carnegie Hall.

In April 2018, Mr. Prieto was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music by Loyola University New Orleans.

Carlos Miguel Prieto
Carlos Miguel Prieto by Benjamin Ealovega
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Gabriela Montero

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. A recipient ...

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. A recipient of the prestigious 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Award, her recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony (Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla), New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo (Aziz Shokhakimov), Belgian National Orchestra (Hugh Wolff), and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Carlos Miguel Prieto).

Celebrated for her exceptional musicality and ability to improvise, Ms. Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras at such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Berlin’s Philharmonie. She has recently made debut and return performances at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Edinburgh Festival, respectively, performing her own “Latin Concerto” with The Orchestra of the Americas. Additional highlights include a recital at London’s LSO St Luke’s, a repeat tour with the Scottish Ensemble—this time featuring her latest composition, Babel—and her long-awaited return to Warsaw for the International Music Festival “Chopin and his Europe,” marking 22 years since her win at the International Chopin Piano Competition.

Ms. Montero is an award-winning and bestselling recording artist. Her most recent album (released in the summer of 2015 on the Orchid Classics label) featured her first orchestral composition, Ex Patria—a tone poem designed to illustrate and protest Venezuela’s descent into lawlessness, corruption, and violence—and won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album.

A committed advocate for human rights, Ms. Montero was named an honorary consul by Amnesty International in 2015 and recognized for outstanding work in the field of human rights by the Human Rights Foundation. She was invited to participate in the 2013 Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, and has spoken and performed twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. A graduate and fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, she has also been awarded the Rockefeller Award (2012) for her contribution to the arts.

Gabriela Montero
Gabriela Montero by Shelley Mosman

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

Ying Fu, Associate Concertmaster, National Symphony Orchestra
Lauren Roth, Concertmaster, Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Amy Oshiro-Morales, Second Violin, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Beth Guterman Chu, Principal Viola, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Wei Yu, Principal Cello, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Joseph McFadden, Principal Bass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Demarre McGill, Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony
Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Gabriel Campos Zamora, Principal Clarinet, Minnesota Orchestra
Andrew Brady, Principal Bassoon, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Wei-ping Chou, Second Horn, Washington National Opera Orchestra
Karin Bliznik, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Randall Campora, Bass Trombone, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Austin Howle, Principal Tuba, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Joshua Jones, Principal Percussion, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony
Leonardo Soto, Principal Timpani, Houston Symphony Orchestra
Nancy Allen, Principal Harp, New York Philharmonic
Eric Huebner, Principal Piano, New York Philharmonic
Bryan Wagorn, Piano/Assistant Conductor, The Metropolitan Opera

Fellows of the New World Symphony

Sophia Bernitz, Violin
Scott Jackson, Violin
Katherine Kobylarz, Violin
Christopher Robinson, Violin
Daniel Fellows, Viola
Kip Riecken, Viola
Drew Comstock, Cello
Blake-Anthony Johnson, Cello
Kathryn Bradley, Double Bass
Levi Jones, Double Bass
Francisco Joubert Bernard, Bassoon
Aaron Ney, Trumpet
Kevin Ritenauer, Percussion

July 27: New World Center (Miami Beach, Florida)
July 30: Carnegie Hall (New York, New York)

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