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European Union Youth Orchestra
Also known as European Community Youth Orchestra
Origin Austria London, Great Britain
Genres Classical
Occupations Symphony orchestra
Years active 1978-present
Website www.euyo.org.uk
Members
Music Director
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Founder
Lionel and Joy Bryer
Former members
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The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is a training orchestra for young people in the European Union. It is funded centrally by the European Union and by a number of EU member states. It brings together young and talented musicians from the EU and internationally proclaimed professors to form an internationally renowned orchestra.[1][2][3]

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History

Herbert von Karajan with the ECYO in Salzburg, 1980
EUYO in rehearsal with Mstislav Rostropovich in 1995

The European Community Youth Orchestra (later to become the European Union Youth Orchestra) was founded in 1978 by Lionel and Joy Bryer, Chairman and Secretary General of the International Youth Foundation of Great Britain, with a view to creating an Orchestra which would represent the European ideal of a community working together to achieve peace and social understanding. At the same time it was also designed to provide an invaluable professional development experience for young orchestral musicians.The proposal for the creation of the Orchestra was first put to the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Youth of the European Parliament in 1974. As a result of an all-party effort, a resolution was adopted by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority on 8 March 1976 during its plenary session. The European Commission officially confirmed the Patronage of the Orchestra in April 1976. The EUYO's Honorary President is the President of the European Parliament and its Honorary Patrons the Prime Ministers of each of the EU member states, headed by the President of the European Commission.

Members

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Musical Director of European Union Youth Orchestra

The Orchestra is made up of up to 140 players, representing all 27 member countries of the European Union. The players are selected each year from over 4,000 candidates aged between 14 and 24, who take part in auditions throughout the EU. The competition is such that current members of the Orchestra have to re-audition along with new applicants each year in order to keep their places.

Once the members have been selected for the year, they are invited to join the Orchestra to rehearse and perform major works by composers including Mahler, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, and Strauss, as well as contemporary repertoire which has included works by Ligeti (who joined the Orchestra as composer in residence on tour), John Adams, Erkki-Sven Tuur, and Arturs Maskats, on international stages all over the world.

The unique experience that the EUYO provides for its young musicians is not only socially stimulating and culturally enlightening, but is invaluable to their future careers. The Orchestra acts as a training ground, bridging the gap between music colleges and the professional music world. Over 90% of EUYO players go on to become professional musicians, and many have found jobs with Europe’s leading orchestras.

‘Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole and Shéhérazade showed, under Gardiner’s sympathetic direction, the incredible refinement and tonal subtlety of which these players are capable.’ Evening Standard review of the BBC Proms concert, 25 August 2005

The musical director is Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Current Orchestra (2009/2010)

Violin Irina Belomazhova (Bulgarian/Greek) Maria Ivanova Boneva (Bulgarian/Spanish) Julia Kürner (Austrian) Katharina Schwamm (German) Nihat Agdac (Cypriot) Veronika Petrásová (Czech) Inger Ørbæk Lerch Høj (Danish) Marie-Helen Rannat (Estonian) Danae Taamal (Estonian) Juhana Inkinen (Finnish) Pekko Eliel Pulakka (Finnish) Marie Ravize (French) Martin Emmerich (German) Teresa Krahnert (German) Katharina Overbeck (German) Julia Schleicher (German) Victoria Zora (Greek) Aisling Manning (Irish) Pietro Bernadin (Italian) Gints Sapietis (Latvian) Jean Noel Attard (Maltese) Elena Emelianova (Dutch) Rosanne Philippens (Dutch) Lotte Reeskamp (Dutch) Mihai Andrei Tanasescu Kadar (Spanish) Annemarie Viegen (Dutch) Magdalena Bednarek (Polish) Luísa Seco (Portuguese) Lucia Barathova (Slovak) Mihela Brecelj (Slovenian) Carole Leyers (Luxembourgish) Maria Grifo Serrano (Spanish) Eleanor Bartlett (British) Giulia Bellingeri (Italian) Marciana Buta (Romanian) Judith Choi Castro (Spanish) Katie Littlemore (British) Gwenllian Richards (British) Sarah Sew (British)

Viola Helene Koerver (Belgian) Kristina Fialová (Czech) Marc-Antoine Bier (French) Erika Catlaka (German) Esra Kerber (German) Martin Schäfer (German) David Kenny (Irish) Francesca Zappa (Italian) Ieva Sruogyte (Lithuanian) Laura Kok (Dutch) Zuzanna Tobis (Polish) Joana Nunes (Portuguese) Olga González Cárdaba (Spanish) Javier López Calvo (Spanish) Viktor Olauson (Swedish) Ian Anderson (British)

Cello Eva van Ooij (Dutch) Jacob la Cour (Danish) Bruno Delepaire (French) Gabriele Ardizzone (Italian) Elisabeth Grain (Austrian) Romain Lapeyre (French) Marta Pelejero (Spanish) Marina Kolovou (Greek) Ingrid Thieffry (French) Emily Francis (British) Jessica Hayes (British) Vashti Hunter (British) António Novais (Portuguese) Hester Snell (British)

Double Bass Róbert Makó (Hungarian) Pontus Julius Grans (Finnish) Théotime Voisin (French) Tim Wunram (German) Giovanni Quaresima (Italian) Jurgis Klotins (Latvian) Lisa De Boos (Belgian) Tessa Helder (Dutch) Andrei Mihailescu (Romanian) Jaime Mendoza Alvarez (Portuguese) Rachel Meerloo (British)

Flute Marietta Szucs (Hungarian) Marcela Lechtova (Slovak) Fiona Kelly (Irish) Alison Gillian Murphy (Irish) Jenny Samuelsson (Swedish)

Oboe Nele Druyts (Belgian) Vicente Castello Sansaloni (Spanish) Amy McKean (British) Suzanne Thorn (British)

Clarinet Michèlle Geerlings (Belgian) Nanna Helweg-Larsen (Danish) Natalia Perales Tavira (Spanish) Fleur Bouwer (Dutch)

Bassoon Johannes Hofbauer (Austrian) Stefan Kasper (German) Riccardo Terzo (Italian) Amber Mallee (Dutch)

Horn Hanna Sieber (German) Connor Palliser (Irish) Claude Tremuth (Luxembourgish) Jonathan Wegloop (Dutch) Dominik Roman Kosyrczyk (Polish) Pablo Lago Soto (Spanish) Grégoire Nenert (French) Kate Hainsworth (British) Alex Hambleton (British)

Trumpet Martin Griebl (Austrian) David Klingler (Austrian) Bertold Stecher (Italian) Matthias Kowalczyk (German) Gábor Vanyó (Hungarian) Lucy Leleu (British)

Trombone Dominik Hauer (Austrian) Johan Wijs (Dutch) Matthew Lewis (British) Michael Shore (British)

Bass trombone Héctor González Iglesias (Spanish) Douglas Murdoch (British) Tuba Iván Fernández Alende (Spanish)

Percussion Florian Cauquil (French) Björn Stang (German) Zsolt Kugyelka (Hungarian) Rob van der Sterren (Dutch) Rubén García Sebastián (Spanish) Daniel Bradley (British)

Harp Antonio Ostuni (Italian) Freja Vigdis Søndergaard (Danish)

European Union Youth Orchestra Tutors

VIOLIN Margarete Adorf, Co-principal of the Radiosymphony Orchestra Saarbrücken; Principal of the Concerto Köln, Nova Stravaganza, Das Neue Orchester; Member of the Ensemble Explorations and Epoca Barocca Michael Davis, Soloist and Chamber Music Director; masterclass teacher to professional and advanced students Ulrich Edelmann, Concert Master of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Daniel Gaede, Professor of Violin at the Music University, Nürnberg David Greed, Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North; Principal Conductor of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra (Middlesbrough); soloist, recording artists and violin coach Oliver Kipp, Principal 2nd Violin at the NDR Radio Philharmonie; Member of the Hyperion Trio Aleksandar Pavlović, Professor of music at the University of Arts in Belgrade; Conductor and Artistic Director of the Belgrade Strings, Belgrade

VIOLA Roger Benedict, Principal Viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Martin-Albrecht Rohde, Principal Viola, Munchner Philharmoniker Karel Spelina, Former Principal Viola of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Prague Conservatoire

CELLO David Strange, Head of Strings and Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music, London Johannes Nauber, Member of the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln; Chamber musician and soloist

DOUBLE BASS Peter Pühn, Principal Double Bass of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover Enno Senft, Principal Double Bass of the Chamber Orchetsra of Europe; Principal Double Bass of the London Sinfonietta

WOODWIND Eckart Hübner, Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music at the Universitat der Künste, Berlin; Principal Bassoon of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden

FRENCH HORN Jeff Bryant, Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; Professor of Horn at Trinity College of Music, London Hugh Seenan, Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

TRUMPET Pierre Dutot, Soloist; Professor of Trumpet at the Lyon Superior Conservatoire and the Bordeaux Conservatoire John Miller, Director of Brass Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

LOWER BRASS Peter Gane, Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

PERCUSSION Simon Carrington, Principal Timpanist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Professor of Timpani at the Royal Academy of Music, London Kurt-Hans Goedicke, Head of Department and Distinguished Fellow of Timpani and Percussion at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; Principal Timpanist Emeritus, London Symphony Orchestra Gert Mortensen, Soloist; Professor of Timpani and Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenagen Rainer Seegers, Principal Timpani of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

HARP Gertrud Chiochetti, Professor of Harp at the Monteverdi Conservatoire, Bolzano Fabrice Pierre, Professor of Harp at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique, Lyon

Concerts and tours

European Union Youth Orchestra in Yokohama (Summer 2008)

Since the EUYO’s inaugural tour, which took the players to Amsterdam, Bonn, Paris, Luxembourg, Brussels, Milan and Rome, the EUYO has gone from strength to strength, undertaking at least two long tours each year as well as a number of other important engagements. The Orchestra regularly takes part alongside the world's greatest symphony orchestras in prestigious music festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw's Robeco Summer Concert Series. In addition to performing to full houses in all the major cities, concert halls and festivals of Europe, the EUYO’s reputation has taken them to China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, North and South America, Russia, Kazakhstan and Korea as Ambassadors of Goodwill.

Future Plans

April 2009

Classic con brio Festival, Osnabrück

The EUYO is immensely proud of its special relationship with its Honorary President, Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament, so when he made a personal request for the orchestra to give a concert in Spring 2009 in his home city of Osnabrück, it was an invitation we immediately accepted. We are very happy to be visiting the Niedersächsen region of Germany for the first time and our gala concert will be the concluding event in Osnabrück's classic con brio Festival, with its trio in residence, the Storioni Piano Trio. A classical-size orchestra of 66 players will come together from across the EU for a short rehearsal residency before the concert in the Europasaal, conducted by the Festival's artistic director, Professor Hubert Buchberger Mendelssohn Scherzo in G minor Beethoven Concerto in C for Violin, Cello and Piano Op 56 Schubert Symphony No 9 in C D 944 'The Great'

SUMMER TOUR 2009 (8 August – 26 August)

Conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton*

25 July - 7 August Rehearsals in Graffenegg

Sat 8 August Wolkenturm, Schloss Grafenegg, Haitzendorf, Austria * preceded by Prélude chamber music concert at 17:30, Reitschule Walton Scapino Overture 8' Elgar In the South, Op 50 20' Holst The Planets, Op 32 51' with Wiener Singakademie

Mon 10 August Salò (Lake Garda) Festival, Italy * Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Op 35 33' (Renaud Capuçon) Shostakovich Symphony No 7 in C Op 60 ‘Leningrad’ 69'

Tue 11 August Bolzano Summer Festival, Bolzano, Italy * Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Op 35 33' (Renaud Capuçon) Shostakovich Symphony No 7 in C Op 60 ‘Leningrad’ 69'

Fri 14 August Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands * Robeco Summer Concerts 2009 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Op 35 33' (Renaud Capuçon) Shostakovich Symphony No 7 in C Op 60 ‘Leningrad’ 69'

Sat 15 August Wolkenturm, Schloss Grafenegg, Haitzendorf, Austria * preceded by Prélude chamber music concert at 17:30, Reitschule Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Op 35 33' (Renaud Capuçon) Shostakovich Symphony No 7 in C Op 60 ‘Leningrad’ 69'

Mon 17, Tue 18 August mini residency inc chamber music Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wed 19 August Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands Robeco Summer Concerts 2009 Shostakovich Festive Overture Op 96 7' Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat Op 107 30' (Natalia Gutman) Roussel Bacchus and Ariadne Op 43 Suite No 2 20' Ravel La valse 12'

Thu 20 August Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany (as the climax of the 10th anniversary Young Euro Classic Festival) Roussel Bacchus and Ariadne Op 43 Suite No 2 20' Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 in Eb Op 107 30' (Natalia Gutman) Shostakovich Symphony No 9 in E flat Op 70 27' Ravel La valse 12'

Fri 21 August Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Germany Roussel Bacchus and Ariadne Op 43 Suite No 2 20' Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 in Eb Op 107 30' (Natalia Gutman) Shostakovich Symphony No 9 in E flat Op 70 27' Ravel La valse 12'

Sun 23 August Spilberk Festival Brno, Czech Republic Dvorák Othello Overture Op. 93 15' Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat Op.107 30' (Natalia Gutman) Roussel Bacchus and Ariadne Op.43 Suite No.2 20' Ravel La valse 12'

Mon 24 August Dvořák Prague Festival, Czech Republic Dvořák Othello Overture Op 93 15' Roussel Bacchus and Ariadne Op 43 Suite No 2 20' Shostakovich Symphony No 9 in E flat Op 70 27' Ravel La valse 12'

Wed 26 August tbc

See also

References

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Simple English

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is an orchestra for young people from countries in the European Union. The orchestra is given money by the European Union and by a number of EU member states. It gives young players experience at working together with some of the world's best music teachers and conductors.

The orchestra was started in 1978. Some of the greatest conductors have worked with the EUYO, including Herbert von Karajan, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Claudio Abbado.

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