National Youth Orchestra of the USA with David Robertson, conductor and Gil Shaham, violin
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together 120 of the brightest young musicians, ages 16-19, from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United State of America (NYO-USA). Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, with faculty made up of principal players from top American orchestras, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as dynamic musical ambassadors.
The 2014 orchestra hails from 33 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico and features 26 returning musicians from the inaugural 2013 NYO-USA. They will travel to New York in early July to begin their training with finest players and section leaders from America’s greatest professional orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra.
Following the training residency, the orchestra will be led by dynamic American conductor David Robertson and joined by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham as soloist on an eight-city, coast-to-coast US tour, introducing concertgoers across the country to the extraordinary music-making of their nation’s national youth orchestra.
About David Robertson: Conductor
A consummate musician, masterful programmer and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today's most sought-after American conductors. In past seasons, he has appeared nationally with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Boston and Chicago Symphonies and Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and internationally with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In the 2013–2014 season, in addition to launching his first year at the helm of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he conducts the US premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys and appears with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony. With over 50 operas in his repertoire, Robertson has appeared at many of the world's most prestigious opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre du Châtelet and San Francisco Opera.
About Gil Shaham: Soloist
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time, whose combination of flawless technique with inimitable warmth has solidified his legacy as an American master. Highlights of his 2013–2014 season include Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris; a continuation of his exploration of the “Concertos of the 1930s” with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and on tour with the Bavarian Radio Symphony; and a recital tour featuring Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have appeared on record charts in the US and abroad, winning him multiple Grammy awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990 and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Award. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony and their three children.