• Youth Ensembles
  • NYO Jazz

  • Youth Ensembles
  • NYO Jazz

    Beginning in the summer of 2018, Carnegie Hall brings together the finest teen jazz musicians from across the United States (ages 16-19) to form NYO Jazz. Selected through a comprehensive audition process, these remarkable musicians from cities and towns across the US engage in a rigorous two-week training residency in New York with world-class jazz masters. F ollowing its residency, NYO Jazz performs at New York City’s Carnegie Hall with a celebrated guest artist before embarking on a tour to some of the world’s great music capitals.  The musicians serve as dynamic music ambassadors as they share this uniquely American musical genre with people around the globe.

    NYO Jazz builds on the success of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and NYO2 – created by Carnegie Hall in 2013 and 2016, respectively – which draw together outstanding young classical musicians from across the country each summer for training, performances, and international touring.

    Askonas Holt is delighted to add this exciting ensemble to its touring roster.

  • Youth Ensembles
  • San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

    The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) is recognised internationally as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world. Founded by the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in 1981, the SFSYO’s musicians are chosen from more than 300 applicants in annual auditions. The SFSYO’s purpose is to provide an orchestral experience of pre-professional calibre, tuition-free, to talented young musicians from the greater Bay Area. SFSYO members have the opportunity to work with many of the world-renowned artists who perform with the SFS. SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, SFS Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and many others have worked with the SFSYO.

    Askonas Holt has worked with the SFSYO since 2008, arranging summer European tours to some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Smetana Hall, Prague, and the Philharmonie, Berlin.

  • Youth Ensembles
  • Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela

    The Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela was established in 2006 as an initiative of Maestro José Antonio Abreu to create a high-level choral group consisting of El Sistema’s young singers from all over Venezuela.

    Directed by Professor Lourdes Sánchez, the choir boasts an impressive repertoire ranging from renaissance to 20th century works, with the great symphonic literature as its pillar. In January 2012, the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Youth Choir was the leading choir in the stunning performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 as part of the Mahler Festival held in Caracas, directed by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Askonas Holt toured the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Youth Choir around the United Kingdom in 2014 for a string of concerts including Liverpool, London or Gateshead and Cardiff, also featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.