The EUYO joins the Paris Pauline Viardot Celebration Day
04/10/2021 - The EUYO joins its Creative Partner Centre Européen de Musique in Paris on 6 October to celebrate the great composer and performer, Pauline García Viardot, on the occasion of her bicentenary, when the Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique will become a gathering point for music lovers ... Read more »
EUYO to perform at the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021
22/09/2021 - Venice, universally recognised as one of the most endangered cultural and natural heritage sites, is the seat chosen by Europa Nostra to host the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021 from 21-24 September. High level representatives from EU institutions and key heritage stakeholders... Read more »
Music Minus the Rules!
6/9/2021 – The EUYO’s young musicians return for their long awaited Ferrara Musica symphonic residency, rehearsing and performing in Ferrara from , in events including an outdoor concert as part of the and 4 concerts at the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. Read more »
Prize-winning Saxophonist Ricardo Pires to replace Jess Gillam in the 17 August Bolzano Festival Bozen concert
09/08/2021 - The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the Bolzano Festival Bozen announce the replacement of saxophonist Jess Gillam with Ricardo Pires in the concert that will take place on 17 August at the Teatro Comunale / Stadttheater in Bolzano. Read more »
EUYO Documentary Film Premiere
A new film showcases the EUYO, showing what it stands for, why it is needed today, and taking viewers into the heart of this EU Ambassador organisation Read more »
27/07/2021 - The European Union Youth Orchestra will perform a special sunrise concert at the Certosa Monumentale di Ferrara on Saturday July 31st at 6:30 am. Concert admission is free but limited to 190 seats that can be booked through the link below. Read more »
EUYO Premiere: A Visit to The Tower of Babel
The European Union Youth Orchestra proudly presents the premiere of a short film conceived during the global pandemic lockdown in June 2020. This ground-breaking digital project unites the visual and performing arts with a digital recording of György Ligeti’s Atmosphères as inspiration for a narr... Read more »
Summer Tour 2021
The EUYO returns to live concerts with a tour to Austria, Germany and Italy featuring EUYO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, soloists Alban Gerhardt and Jess Gillam, 17 international tutors, cellist Maya Fridman, mental health coach in residence Dinka Migić-Vlatković,... Read more »
Music with and without the Rules
18/07/2021 - A two-week residency featuring music and events for diverse audiences: conventional concerts, open rehearsals, an outdoor performance, and the premiere of Music minus the Rules! a new series of concerts for diverse and young audiences. Artists include conductors David Zinman and Sasc... Read more »
Europe Day 2021: celebrating the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU
06/05/2021 - The European Union Youth Orchestra celebrates Europe Day 2021 and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union with a special online performance on 9 May 2021, marking the 71st anniversary of the historic Schumann declaration. Taking the Portuguese Presidency theme ... Read more »
The EUYO announces a new Board Member: Emmanuel Hondré
29/03/2021 - The European Union Youth Orchestra is delighted to announce that Emmanuel Hondré, Director of the Concerts Department at the Philharmonie de Paris / Cité de la musique in Paris, is joining the EUYO Foundation Board. The Board has responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Eu... Read more »
EUYO alumni Bambú Ensemble recording their first CD
11/01/2021 - The Bambú Ensemble, a chamber music group of eight young string players, six of whom are EUYO alumni, is soon going to record its first CD with the renowned label IBS Classical. Read more »
The EUYO invites you to watch The Ferrara Concert
14/12/2020 - The EUYO is pleased to share online the recording of The Ferrara Concert from the European Music Gallery Festival 2020 on Wednesday, December 16 at 8pm CET, as part of the Orchestra’s initiative to celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Read more »
The EUYO announces a new Advisory Council and a new Foundation Board Co-Chair
14/12/2020 - Following its award in recent days as European Cultural Brand of the Year 2020 The European Union Youth Orchestra is delighted to announce a new Advisory Council. Its founding members are fourteen eminent individuals from across the EU and Europe who will be offering significant stra... Read more »
EUYO awarded ‘European Cultural Brand of the Year 2020’
27/11/2020 - The EUYO received the European Cultural Brand of the year 2020 award during the 15th European Cultural Brand Award gala ceremony that took place in the Nikolaisaal Potsdam on 26 November 2020. Current EUYO member Malin Grass and EUYO Alumnus Timo Tromp represented the Orchestra in pe... Read more »
The EUYO invites you to join the Night of Cultural Brands 2020 on 26 November 2020, at 8 pm CET
26/11/2020 - We are delighted to invite you to watch the free livestream of the 15th European Cultural Brand Award ceremony on 26 November 2020, at 8 pm. The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the three brands shortlisted as European Culture Brand of the Year 2020. Read more »
Join us in celebrating the winners of the European Heritage Awards
10/11/2020 - The EUYO opens the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2020 with a welcoming message from Marshall Marcus, EUYO Secretary General, followed by an EUYO performance of the European Anthem with conductor Marin Alsop recorded in Grafenegg on October 19th, 2020. Read more »
Celebrating #UN75 with the European Union & Grafenegg
21/10/2020 – The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is holding a special residency during October 2020 at the Orchestra’s Summer Home and Principal Venue Partner Grafenegg, gathering 85 members, with international tutors and artists from across the European Union. Read more »
EUYO concert available on takt1
19/10/2020 - We are happy to invite you to watch the stream of the EUYO’s most recent concert, performed on 24 October 2020 at the Orchestra’s Summer Home and Principal Venue Partner Grafenegg, conducted by Marin Alsop and with soloist Håkan Hardenberger. Read more »
EUYO nominated for European Cultural Brand Award 2020
28/09/2020 - A panel of 42 Culture, Economy and Media experts have shortlisted the European Union Youth Orchestra for the title “European Cultural Brand of the Year”, which is being awarded for the 15th time to Read more »
The EUYO announces the European Music Gallery Festival 2020
31 events in 19 European countries, with 5 live and 15 deferred broadcasts 282 musicians from all 27 EU Member States and the UK Music by 66 composers from 3 continents, including 21 living composers Read more »
The EUYO announces a significantly expanded Summer 2020 Programme
The European Union Youth Orchestra is responding to the health pandemic with a major Digital Summer Residency and a new European Music Gallery Festival 2020 involving 300 musicians from all 27 EU Member States and the UK, supporting the German EU Presidency motto, ‘Together for Europe’s Recovery’... Read more »
Black Lives Matter
We are deeply shocked by the recent events taking place in the US, and stand with communities in Europe and the world who, through the Black Lives Matter movement, are fighting for equality. We believe that culture should be used to help bring all of us together, and provide a forum where we can... Read more »
Ferrara Chamber Academy 2020
Together with Ferrara Musica, the European Union Youth Orchestra hosts the third edition of the EUYO Ferrara Chamber Academy in September 2020 this year. Read more »
A tribute to Ezio Bosso
The European Union Youth Orchestra to dedicate a concert to the memory ofa great musician, a great person and a great European Read more »
Special online concert for Europe Day 2020
EU Cultural Ambassador the European Union Youth Orchestra leads Europe Day 2020 with a special online concert ‘Hope through Music’ 112 Young European musicians from 30 countries join forces for a special online concert commissioned by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey on the occa... Read more »
EUYO 2020 Spring Online Residency
Musicians from 28 Countries head Online Read more »
EUYO Spring Tour 2020 Cancellation Update
17/03/2020 - The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is announcing today the cancellation of its entire forthcoming Spring Tour due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. Following on from the decision announced on 9th March to cancel the Italian part of the tour, the decision to cancel the remaining pro... Read more »
EUYO Coronavirus COVID-19 Spring Tour announcement
09/03/2020 - The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is today announcing the cancellation of its forthcoming Italian residency including its extensive Ferrara Orchestra in Città! community programme and concerts in Ferrara and Pavia planned for 20 March – 11 April, as a result of health reasons... Read more »
Vladimir Ashkenazy retires from public performances
17/01/2020 - On the occasion of Vladimir Ashkenazy's recently announced decision to retire from public performances, the European Union Youth Orchestra wishes to congratulate him for his unique and extraordinary career, and to place on record its remarkable debt to this great musician and humanist. Read more »
The EUYO to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos
The European Union Youth Orchestra to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos Read more »
EU Parliament president David Sassoli accepts the Honorary Presidency of the EUYO
16/11/2019 - The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has accepted an invitation to become Honorary President of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Since the foundation of the Orchestra in 1976 following a unanimous vote by the European Parliament, the Parliament's President has ... Read more »
EUYO visits Cuba for the first time
From November 18 to 23, the EUYO will visit Cuba for the first time, joining forces with the Orquesta Sinfónica del ISA, adjunta al Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana. Read more »
HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to attend EUYO concert
HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to attend EUYO concert Read more »
EUYO, the EU and NYO Canada announce The Frenergy Tour
EUYO, the EU and NYO Canada announce The Frenergy Tour The Exceptional Young Musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the European Union Youth Orchestra join forces November 12-17 for The Frenergy Tour First-Ever Collaboration Between the two Orchestras made possible by the Eur... Read more »
Press Release - EUYO Summer Tour 2019
The EUYO announces its 2019 Summer Tour with a return to its Summer Home in Grafenegg, 3 residencies, 25 public events, 9 major concerts, 5 live streamed performances, two world premieres, and a major focus on audiences as part of ‘The Listening Project’ The press release of the EUYO's 2019 Summ... Read more »
EUYO and National Youth Orchestra of Canada join forces for a 4-City Canadian Tour
11/06/2019 - The outstanding young musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada(NYO Canada) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) are joining forces for the first time for a four-city Canadian tour in November of 2019. This celebration of international musical collaboration and fri... Read more »
EUYO announces a new partnership in Romania and projects in Italy and Myanmar for Europe Day 2019
May 9th, Europe Day 2019, marks a special moment for the EUYO with three international events taking place across Europe & Asia on the same day, a unique moment in the Orchestra’s history. Read more »
Europe Day 2019
09/05/19 In celebration of Europe Day 2019, EUYO announces projects in Europe and Asia reaching opposite sides of the globe with the power of young people, music and international collaboration. Read more »
EUYO 2019 Spring Tour
The European Union Youth Orchestra announces its 2019 Spring Tour with concerts including a Capital Sounds performance, the launch of The Listening Project, and a major new Italian outreach programme, Orchestra in Città! Read more »
Orchestra in città!
La European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) lancia il progetto “Orchestra in città!” per Ferrara Read more »
Orchestra in Città!
29/03/2019 - Today the EUYO, the Comune di Ferrara and Ferrara Musica launched Orchestra in Città!, a major new initiative as part of the EUYO's Ferrara residency, aimed at spreading the joy of both music-making & listening to all sections of the communities of the city of Ferrara. Read more »
EUYO at the Closing Ceremony of the EU-China Year of Tourism
EUYO performs for the Closing Ceremony of EU-China Tourism Year in Xi'an, China Read more »
Joy Bryer, EUYO Co-founder, President and inspiration passes away aged 88
12/11/18 - It is with the deepest sadness and regret that the EUYO announces the passing of Joy Bryer OBE, Co-founder, President and inspiration behind the European Union Youth Orchestra, European Community Youth Orchestra, International Youth Foundation, and International Festival of Youth Orche... Read more »
EUYO perform at Paris Armistice commemoration
EUYO and Vasily Petrenko to perform at 11 November world leaders armistice ceremony in Paris Read more »
Benvenuti al nostro nuovo ufficio italiano!
Our new Ferrara office is now complete and open for business! Please welcome Stefania Sajevo, our recently appointed Executive Coordinator, and and Daniele Milazzo, our new Communications Officer. Stefania comes to us from Bologna University, Orchestra Mozart and Stage Door Srl and joins us on 1... Read more »
Not one but two Alumni appointed to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw!
It seems only yesterday that Léo Genet and Felix Lashmar and were playing with the EUYO bass section. (Actually 2014 and 2015 respectively !). Yet recently they have both become members of one of the world's great professional orchestras, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Read more »
Zubel's Fireworks sweep up a European award!
28/08/18 Agata Zubel has received the European Composer Award for 2018 for her composition Fireworks, recently performed by the EUYO. Commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the international cultural programme POLSKA 100 and the European Union Youth Orchestra for the European ... Read more »
EUYO live streaming tonight!
14/08/18 - EUYO livestreaming tonight! Catch up with the EUYO 2018 summer tour tonight when @medicitv and Arte live stream our Berlin concert at the Young Euro Classic Festival. Join @EUYOtweets for a live stream featuring Agata Zubel German premiere of Fireworks, Chopin with Chopin competition ... Read more »
EUYO Fireworks world premiere!
13/08/18: FIREWORKS with the EUYO - The EUYO performs the world premiere of Fireworks by Polish composer Agata Zubel, Monday 13 August 20.00 GMT+2 at Warsaw’s Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, Moniuszko Auditorium. Fireworks was commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Polska ... Read more »
The Great Mosaic #EYCH .... 2018 Summer Tour announced
27 07 18 - The EUYO announces its 2018 summer tour: The Great Mosaic Exploring Europe's Musical Heritage The EUYO celebrates the European Year of Cultural Heritage with a major summer tour of 19 performances across Europe, playing 50 European compositions, and with major festival appearances in... Read more »
#EUYONewsletter summer edition is out!
#EUYONewsletter no.4 is officially out! If you didn't received it, no problem - just view it online here! Be sure to sign up and become a regular #EUYO subscriber. Read more »
European Culture Prize Taurus
This Friday 8 June, 38 EUYO musicians will perform at The European Culture Prize TAURUS ceremony in Dresden. The European Culture Prize is presented annually to individuals and organisations who have contributed to the idea of a unified Europe. The EUYO is delighted to be awarded this prize along... Read more »
Europe Day 2018
Today 9 May 2018, a group of EUYO musicians are performing in Alicante as part of 2018 Europe Day celebrations. The EUIPO presents the annual Europe Day concert in Alicante, which will take place in the ADDA concert hall in the city at 20:00. This year marks the eighth edition of the concert, hel... Read more »
EUYO at CultureSummit2018, Abu Dhabi
EUYO announced as 2018 Cultural Diplomat of the Year winner at CultureSummit 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE 10 April 2018 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates The EUYO is delighted to announce that it is one of five recipients to be awarded the 2018 Cultural Diplomat of the Year award. The award is given by C... Read more »
The Great Mosaic - 2018 Spring Tour and Season
The Great Mosaic – as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the EUYO’s 2018 season is a celebration of Europe’s Musical Heritage A major Spring Tour from 19 March-16 April to Ferrara, Grafenegg, Dubai and Bucharest, with projects in Alicante, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Monetvideo, ... Read more »
EUYO Chief Conductor awarded honorary degree from University of York!
16/01/2018 - EUYO's Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko is among one of eight leading figures from the world of journalism, politics, business and performing arts to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this month. Read more »
Watch: Sibelius Symphony No.1, August 2017
You can now watch EUYO's outstanding performance of Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in full, conducted by Vasily Petrenko on 12 August 2017 at the Wolkenturm stage as night falls on the beautiful Grafenegg grounds: Read more »
An Ensemble for Culture
17/12/2017 - A chamber ensemble of EUYO musicians have been invited to perform as part of Un Ensemble per la Cultura, an event organized by RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, to launch the 2018 Year of European Cultural Heritage... Read more »
Ortús Chamber Music Festival enters third year in 2018
08/12/17 - Now in its third year, Ortús Chamber Music Festival is an annual chamber music festival in Cork City and county. The 2018 festival will run from February 23rd-25th in Cork City, Kinsale and Cobh. Artistic Directors, EUYO member and cellist Sinéad O'Halloran & violinist Mairead Hick... Read more »
Announcing the opening of new residency in Ferrara The EUYO is excited to announce that on Friday 30th March 2018 the Orchestra will perform its first concert as part of the new spring and autumn residency at the Teatro Abbado in Ferrara, Italy. The concert will mark the official opening of a th... Read more »
EUYO residency at Dubai Opera
EUYO EDUCATION AND PERFORMANCE RESIDENCY AT DUBAI OPERA ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 2018 Read more »
Summer Tour: Spirit of the North
'Spirit of the North' The EUYO’s 2017 Summer Tour celebrates the music and culture of the EU's Baltic and Nordic states Music from the EU's six most northerly countries - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden - and also their neighbours Norway and Russia EUYO Chief Conductor... Read more »
EUYO goes to China!
19/10/2017 - From 22-28 October, a chamber ensemble of 11 EUYO members are in Shanghai for the first Orchestra Exchange Programme of the 2.5-year Experience Europe campaign sponsored by the EU Delegation to China. The aim of the Exchange Programme is to foster understanding between China and the ... Read more »
Announcing a new future for the EUYO
The EUYO announces a new seat in Italy and expanded artistic relationships within the EU in a bold plan for the Orchestra's future 10/10/2017 - The EUYO is today announcing major initiatives to develop its pattern of work in Europe. Following the recent announcement of the EUYO's expanded partne... Read more »
EUYO to perform in Spain for Princess of Asturias award for Concord
9/10/2017 - In two weeks, an EUYO brass and percussion ensemble will perform in a special ceremony in honour of the Princess of Asturias award for Concord which was bestowed upon the European Union in June 2017. The ceremony will take place on Friday 20 October in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain in prese... Read more »
EUYO to expand partnership with Grafenegg from 2018
29/09/2017 Read more »
Vasily Petrenko wins 2017 Gramophone Artist of the Year!
14/09/2017 - EUYO's Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko has won the 2017 Gramophone Artist of the Year award! Chief Conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko has been awarded Gramophone Artist of the Year on this... Read more »
Applications for 2018 EUYO Orchestra OPEN across Europe!
05/09/2017 - Applications for 2018 EUYO Orchestra are now officially open across Europe! Click here to find out more details about the deadlines in your country. Read more »
29/08/2017 - EUYO has a new Executive Assistant to join the ranks, welcome Campbell Thomson! Campbell will be responsible for supporting the CEO and the Executive and Finance Manager in their work. Click here for Campbell's full biog. Read more »
Kerem wins Young Conductors Award!
09/08/2017 - Congratulations to EUYO alumnus Kerem Hasan who has won The Young Conductors Award at the Salzburg Festival 2017! Click here to find out more. Read more »
Creative Europe support
29/07/2017 - We are delighted to be able to report that the European Commission has proposed that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers amend the Creative Europe programme so that the Orchestra is formally recognised as an organisation authorised to receive financial support from t... Read more »
Alumnus wins Gheorghe Dima International Clarinet Competition
23/07/2017 - Congratulations to EUYO alumnus Sérgio Pires who took home first prize in the Gheorghe Dima International Clarinet Competition in Cluj-Napoca, Romania last week. Sérgio performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major KV. 622 (1st and 2nd movement) alongside the Transilvania Philharmo... Read more »
#EUYONewsletter summer edition on its way
21/07/17 - #EUYONewsletter No.2 Summer edition will be landing in your mailboxes very soon with lots of exciting features including full info the upcoming summer tour Spirit of the North. Don't miss out! Click here to sign up. Read more »
Audition dates for autumn 2017 now online!
07/07/2017 - Audition dates for autumn 2017 are now online! Click the link below to learn more about how to apply: Read more »
Happy Birthday Vladimir Ashkenazy
06/07/2017 - Happy Birthday to Former Music Director of EUYO Vladimir Ashkenazy who turns 80 today! The Russian born solo pianist and conductor was Music Director of the EUYO between 2000 and 2015 and toured extensively with the Orchestra during this time. Read more »
Euroradio Summer Festivals - A Summer of Music
04/07/2017 - The EUYO is one of many exciting performances taking place this summer as part of Euroradio Summer Festivals . With many performances broadcast live via satellite, the Euroradio Summer Festivals will once again provide radio audiences with the best selection of concerts, operas, cham... Read more »
EUYO's 1996 BBC Prom
29/06/2017 - Here you can watch a slightly snowy and nostalgic version of the EUYO's 1996 performance at the BBC Proms, conducted by Sir Colin Davis. The concert opens with opens with Don Juan - Richard Strauss, followed by Sibelius's Symphony No.2. Read more »
Happy Birthday Claudio Abbado!
26/06/2017 - The EUYO's Founding Music Director and great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado would have turned 84 today, 26th June. One of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, Maestro Abbado served as the Music Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra (EUYO) f... Read more »
Alumnus appointed double bass in Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
22/06/2017 - Many congratulations to EUYO alumnus Felix Lashmar for being appointed double bass player in the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest (Nederlands Kamerorkest). Felix is a student at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy and last performed with the EUYO on the 2015 Spring Tour to Inte... Read more »
Photos of EUYO and late conductor Sir Jeffrey Tate
20/06/2017 - Photos have recently emerged of several players from the 1990 EUYO orchestra and the late conductor Jeffrey Tate. The photographs were taken during the summer of 1990 when Tate conducted the EUYO’s summer tour to Bolzano, Budapest, Warsaw, Prague, Leipzig and East Berlin; a tour fond... Read more »
Well done - and well deserved Mrs Bryer OBE!!!
17/06/17 - Mrs Joy Bryer, President and Co-Founder of The European Union Youth Orchestra, receives an OBE in recognition of more than 50 years of dedicated and passionate service to arts, culture, youth, education and international relations "Wonderful and richly deserved recognition for a visio... Read more »
Our ever inspiring Alumni!
15/06/2017 - Congratulations to one of our alumni, the talented Nina Ashton, co-principal bassoonist of the EUYO in 2013, who has recently been appointed principal bassoonist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra! Nina last performed with the EUYO on 2013 Summer Tour to Valletta, Bolzan... Read more »
Alumnus Antonio Oyarzabal releases debut album
13/06/2017 - Another exciting week for our alumni as EUYO alumnus Antonio Oyarzabal is just about to release his debut album! Read more »
Bass trombonist alumnus wins Royal Over-seas League Competition!
09/06/2017 - A particularly great feat for one of our alumni this week - British bass trombonist and EUYO alumnus James Buckle has just become the first brass winner of the Royal Over-seas League Competition (ROSL)! The final of the competition took place at on Wednesday 7 June at Cadogan Hall in... Read more »
Alumnus Victor Julien-Laferriere is Queen Elisabeth Competition winner
06/06/2017 - Cellist and EUYO Alumnus Victor Julien-Laferriere has just been announced as the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017. The french cellist performed Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Stéphane Denève; he will take home the €25,000... Read more »
Double bassist Domingos wins soloist position in Gulbenkian Orchestra
05/06/2017 - Many congratulations to EUYO double bassist Domingos Ribeiro has just be awarded the position of Contrabass - Soloist A in the Gulbenkian Orchestra, in Lisbon! This is another exciting step for Domingos, who at the end of 2016 was accepted into the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symph... Read more »
Music by memory: a new way to play?
01/06/2017 - Throughout history, orchestras have not memorised music purely for practical reasons: professional players perform so much repertoire that they simply do not have the time to learn the scores by heart. However, Stephen Johnson shines a light on why taking the music stand away might p... Read more »
Announcing the 2017 Orchestra!
01/02/17 - We are very pleased to announce the EUYO 2017 Orchestra! We received over 2,000 applications throughout this period so we would like to thank all applicants for their time, effort and patience. We now look forward to what 2017 will bring! Read more »
EUYO Alumnus Thomas Søndergård appointed Music Director of the RSNO
27/05/2017 - Exciting news for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra this week as it is announced that Danish conductor Thomas Søndergårrd is to become Music Director of the RSNO. Currently Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal ... Read more »
Europe Day 2017 in photos
25/05/2017 - Organised in collaboration with Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU 2017 and conducted by Brian Schembri, the EUYO performed alongside the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Malta to mark Europe Day 2017. This event featured musicians from ... Read more »
What are the cultural implications of Brexit? EUYO feature on BBC Newsnight
22/05/2017 - The European Union Baroque Orchestra is facing a fundamental change of identity. The EUBO has been based in the UK since 1985 but it now faces impending relocation to Antwerp, Belgium, where following this departure, the orchestra will be closed to British musicians as a result of Br... Read more »
Kerem is finalist in Nestlé and Salzburg Festival contest!
16/05/2017 - EUYO alumnus Kerem Hasan has just made it as one of three finalists for The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, alongside Marie Jacquot (French) and Nuno Filipe Coelho Silva (Portuguese). Recently announced as Associate Conductor of the Welsh National Opera, the youn... Read more »
EUYO alumnus is Markneukirchen competition prize winner
15/05/2017 - Talented double bassist and EUYO alumnus Maria Krykov has just won second prize in the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition in Eastern Germany. Maria was a member of the EUYO from 2010 until 2014 and currently studies at The Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berli... Read more »
EUYO perform in Berlin
12/05/2017 - Last month, a string quartet of EUYO players travelled to Berlin to perform as part of a commemorative event honouring the 50th anniversary of the death of Konrad Adenauer, the first post-war Chancellor of Germany from 1949 -1963. American foreign minister Henry Kissinger and the Ge... Read more »
Happy Europe Day!
09/05/2017 - The EUYO has an exciting evening ahead in Malta, performing alongside the Malta Philharmonic and conducted by Brian Schembri. A small group of players will performing the world premiere of "If" by Karl Fiorini inspired by Rudyard Kipling's poem, followed by Beethoven Symphony No. 9. ... Read more »
EUYO alumnus to perform at Europe Day in Geneva
04/05/2017 - Maltese violinist and EUYO Alumnus Nadine Galea is to perform at Journée de l'Europe, a special concert with the United Nations Orchestra conducted by Antoine Marguier. The European Union and the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union present the event which wil... Read more »
Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko awarded Recording of The Year
26/04/2017 - EUYO's Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko has just been awarded Recording of The Year for the acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 6 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which was given at the BBC Music Magazine Awards last week. The recording also w... Read more »
More inspiring work from our players!
18/04/17 - It has been almost three years since the Bambú Ensemble was formed! Read more »
EUYO in Rome: Spirit of Europe!
11/04/17 - At the end of last month, 25th March 2017, on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, in the beautiful setting of Villa Medici, the EUYO performed Spirit of Europe; a repertoire from across Europe to celebrate 60 years of unity, peace and cultural integration. Read more »
31/03/17 - Last night, EUYO's Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s arrangement of Hugo Wolf’s prelude to his opera, Der Corregidor, which it is thought has never been performed live before. Wolf, who suffered from mental illness for many... Read more »
Watch - EUYO meets the Professionals: Viola editions
14/03/17 - It has been a busy week for Rute Muzicale! EUYO member Theodor Andreescu, EUYO Alumnus Sorin Spasinovici and Michael Carol Mai Antal and Iulian Popovici of The National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest are the four members of the newly formed ensemble and this week they performed at Instit... Read more »
EUYO to perform at Snape Maltings
08/03/17 - A small group of EUYO players have been invited to perform as special guests as part of the Britten-Pears April 2017 Orchestra Project at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh. Read more »
Well done Kris!
07/03/17 - We always like to hear about the exciting new pastures of our alumni, and here is another! EUYO Alumnus Kris Garfitt has just been announced as the new wechsel trombonist of the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra! Kris is currently with the Orchestra on a temporary basis but will offi... Read more »
Wonderful short film of EUYO by Clipfabrik Austria
06/03/17 - We would like to thank Clipfabrik Austria for their wonderful short film of the EUYO taken at our Principal Venue Partner, Grafenegg. Read more »
Announcing our new office member!
01/03/17 - We are delighted to announce the new EUYO Projects and Orchestra Assistant, Alexandru Mija, who will take us his new position with us on 8th March 2017! Alexandru's biog can be found here. Read more »
All the best Andreu!
01/03/17 - We would like to wish a very big congratulations to EUYO double bassist Andreu Sanjuan Albado, who has just been awarded a double bass position in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real). We wish him the very best in this new venture! Read more »
A big thank you and good luck to Nora!
28/02/17 - Today is Nora's last day with EUYO! We would like to thank her for her excellent work as Projects and Orchestra Assistant and wish her all the best in her new role at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lübeck. Read more »
Ortús Chamber Music Festival enters its second year
23/02/17 - Last year, inspired EUYO Cellist Sinead O’Halloran, alongside one of Ireland’s most accomplished young violinists Mairéad Hickey, created and co-founded the Ortús Chamber Music Festival in Cork, Ireland. Next month it enters its second year, with musical happenings in Midleton, Cork Ci... Read more »
EUYO meets the Professionals: Viola editions
22/02/17 - Something exciting is happening this week. The novel group, I quattro alti, is a newly formed ensemble which began with the musical meeting of EUYO member Theodor Andreescu and former EUYO member Sorin Spasinovici, with two members (and viola leaders) of The National Radio Orchestra of... Read more »
Kerem announced as Associate Conductor of the Welsh National Opera!
13/02/17 - Young British conductor and EUYO Alumnus, Kerem Hasan, has officially been announced as Associate Conductor of The Welsh National Opera (WNO). WNO statement says: 'The Associate Conductor position is the result of a collaboration with WNO and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competit... Read more »
#EUYONewsletter No.1 published!
10/02/17 - #EUYONewsletter No.1 has been published! This edition features the Orchestra's 2016 highlights; an interview from current EUYO trombonist Andrew McCoy to EUYO Alumnus, professional musician and Principal Percussionist of The Royal Opera House, Nigel Charman. Oh, and a chat with the mae... Read more »
Well done José!
01/02/17 EUYO Alumnus José María Ferrero de la Asunción has just been announced as the new Oboist of Orquesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Orchestra). We would like to wish our congratulations to José and the very best of luck in this next stage of his career! Read more »
EUYO Alumnus Simon Cowen to lead trombone workshop
26/01/17 - Aspiring trombonists! One of the UK's finest trombonists and former member of the EUYO, Simon Cowen, will be holding a special trombone workshop which will take place in Westhoughton, Manchester, on 18th March. Read more »
24/01/17 Konzertdirektion Schmid has just announced the general management of inspiring conductor and EUYO Alumnus, Kerem Hasan. Recently awarded as finalist of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in November, this is the next exciting step in Kerem's career! Read more here. Read more »
We have some talented photographer musicians in our midst…
16/01/17 Whilst we weren't looking, EUYO violinist Samuel García García took a fantastic selection of photographs of the EUYO on the Summer Tour 2016. His photos capture the Orchestra rehearsing together in the beautiful spaces of Grafenegg, as part of the 2016 European Music Campus. Read more »
Announcing a new - and well known - Projects Manager
06/12/16 - We are delighted to announce that Colin Window is expanding his role with the EUYO, and will take up the position of Projects and Tours Manager with the Orchestra as from 16 January 2017. Colin has been Tour Manager with the EUYO since 2000, and we all warmly welcome him to the office... Read more »
02/12/16 Cillian Ó Ceallacháin, EUYO Alumnus and talented trombonist has been announced as the new principal trombonist at Scottish Opera in Glasgow! After completing his master’s degree this summer he will start playing with the opera in April 2017. Congratulations and all the best, Cillian! Read more »
Wonderful new photographs of EUYO players post-performance in Amsterdam by Simon van Boxtel
01/12/16 We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest thanks to the photographer Simon Van Boxtel for his outstanding photography of the Bernard Haitink and European Union Youth Orchestra performance in Amsterdam at the end of the EUYO’s summer tour in August 2016. Simon’s pho... Read more »
EUYO returns to perform in the United Arab Emirates
26/11/16 - It gives us great pleasure to announce impending performances in the United Arab Emirates by the European Union Youth Orchestra's Brass and Percussion Ensemble, as part of an international festival under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, celebrating the 45th an... Read more »
Good Luck Kerem!
17/11/16 Kerem Hasan, EUYO Alumnus and inspirational musician, has just been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting Competition 2016. Well done so far Kerem, and all the best for the Final! More news of it here: http://slippedisc.com/2016/11/three-contest-lso-flick-... Read more »
EUYO live from Berlin!
08/11/16 - This year's State of Europe speech, to be given in Berlin at at an event starting 19.00 CET by EUYO Honorary Patron Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, can be viewed via live webcast at Here Read more »
All the best and thanks to Charlotte!
02/11/16 - today Charlotte Hamilton starts a new job as Development Director with the London Music Masters. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her unstinting work with us as Development and Communications Manager over the past three years, and to wish her the very best in her... Read more »
Noseda's Mahler 5 from Grafenegg now viewable
28/10/16 - "gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring ... a technical prowess that is downright terrifying." The Guardian, August 2015 No one who heard that Mahler 5 with Gianandrea Noseda will forget it in a hurry. And now the... Read more »
EUYO returns to Berlin
06/10/16 - we are pleased to announce a new performance in Berlin, for 9 November 2016. Details here Read more »
Harmony without Borders
27/10/16 - want to know more about the EUYO? A nice podcast has just appeared on Deutschlandfunk about our 40th anniversary The podcast is available by clicking on the image link below: Lots of good interviews and sound clips, but you should first maybe polish up your German ... Read more »
Paris in November
23/10/16 - 16 November - Paris: a string Octet of EUYO players will perform at the prestigious annual 'Etats de la France' meeting of significant French politicians and industrialists At the 2016 gathering, those present will include Prime Minister Manuel Valls, ex President of France Valéry Gis... Read more »
07/10/16 - 17th October - Brussels: The EUYO plays at the Jean Monnet Annual Conference Organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture, and in the presence of EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, the EUYO will perform later this month at the Jean Monnet Annual... Read more »
EUYO @ Spira
05/10/16 - smiling faces of a couple of EUYO players who have joined inspirational Spira Mirabilis to perform Brahms on our mentoring programme. Have fun Samuel, Andrei et al! (well clearly you are doing ...) Read more »
Happy Birthday Steve Reich - from a pair of EUYOers
03/02/16 - EUYO alumno Colin Currie and Tutor Sam Walton Clapping in honour of Steve Reich's 80th birthday. We applaud! Read more »
New Pages ...
03/10/16 - We've been refreshing the website. Check out new pages on Player Awards for the last 3 years, a new recording Archive, a new Gallery, and quite a bit more at www.euyo.eu. Enjoy! Read more »
30/09/16 - Another day, another EUYO double bass prize winner Hot on the heels of Maria Krykov's recent semi final place and bass tutor Wies de Bouve's first prize, comes Luzia Vieira's triumph with first prize in the Classical Orchestral Competition. Read all about it here. Nice prizes Luiza, a... Read more »
North Sea ahoy
29/09/16 - You can't keep EUYO players down! Here are the recently formed North Sea Ensemble, plus Benjamin Christ, with a concert of Brahms, Puccini and (?) Mullov-Abbado. Read more »
28/09/16 - Congratulations to EUYO concertmaster and alumno Mathieu van Bellen, whose Busch Trio has just won the prestigious Kersjesprijs in the Netherlands. More details here on Norman Lebrecht's Blog Read more »
26/09/16 - EUYO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko is in the midst of not one but two Beethoven Symphony cycles, with concerts with his Oslo and Liverpool Orchestras. And there are lots of stars in the reviews: Read more »
21/09/16 - The EUYO is delighted to announce that following discussions with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture, the Orchestra has signed an agreement for co funding for the year 2016. This enables us to continue our role as Cultural Ambassador for the Europea... Read more »
EUYO GOES GLOBAL
We are pleased to announce that following a European Commission invitation, EUYO Members will be performing music from Argentina, China, Russia, South Africa and USA in October at a specially convened European Commission Global Summit. Read more »
20/09/16 - EUYO auditions ...
20/09/16 - Thinking of applying to audition for the EUYO this year? Don't be late... APPLICATION FORMS - CLICK HERE Read more »
New Alumna Principal
19/09/16 - Meet Juliette Bausor, EUYO alumna and new Principal Flute of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Congratulations Juliette! Read more »
Haydn Sinfonia Concertante Gothenburg soloists announced
14/09/16 - We are delighted to announce the following soloists for our Gothenburg 12 November 2016 concert: Haydn Sinfonia Concertante Emily Davis, violin Klara Wincor, 'celloAntonio Juárez, oboeNikolaj Henriques, bassoon Read more »
13/09/16 - Congratulations to Lena Zeliszewska EUYO alumna Lena Zeliszewska has just landed Associate Principal first violin with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Read more »
13/09/16 - EUYO tutor Wies de Boevé has just won the double bass prize of the 65th annual ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. Congratulations Wies! Read more »
EUYO Gothenburg debut
13/09/16 - No, not Vasily Petrenko's Gothenburg debut (he's been there before). But we are delighted to announce the EUYO's debut in the city of Gothenburg in November 2016. The programme, on 12 November 2016, will be conducted by EUYO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, and features Mahler's firs... Read more »
40th Anniversary Tour
European Union Youth Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Tour, a testament to the EU’s ideals of pan-European youth, music and excellence Read more »
The Orchestra welcomes the prospect of working with the EU on the details of a new funding agreement
We welcome the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's 1 June 2016 announcement of proposals to enable the European Union to return to core funding the EUYO. We are very appreciative of President Juncker’s kind words about the EUYO and about its role in the past 40 years as a symbol o... Read more »
#SaveEUYO Campaign Success: EU AGREE TO FUND EUYO
An official EU Commission press briefing today 31 May 2016 includes the announcement that President Juncker has ordered a group of three Commissioners to find funding for the EUYO. (The announcement concerning the EUYO starts from around 1'17'' in the link below). Read more »
#SaveEUYO Campaign hits the editorial pages
A hard hitting editorial from the Guardian today comments "One of the great ambassadors for this kind of human-level link has been the European Union Youth Orchestra, an ensemble drawing its players from EU nations and led by the greatest conductors. In cutting off its core funding, as it has don... Read more »
EU Commission Statement 30 May 2016
The EU's Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, was today called to respond to the Council of Ministers questions about the lack of funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra. His answers can be seen and heard in the following recording of the public part of t... Read more »
Article: #SaveEUYO from Die Welt Classical Blog
Zum 1. September: European Union Youth Orchestra soll verstummen Read more »
#SaveEUYO Support Page
#SaveEUYO Support Listing as at 6 June 2016 We have been amazed by the depth & breadth of response to the #SaveEUYO Campaign. Below we list many of the support messages received, & related Press reports. You can access this list as a PDF here We would like to thank everyone who has ... Read more »
An unprecedented reaction...
Following unprecedented reaction from music and cultural organisations and individuals from Europe and across the world to the recent announcement of the impending closure of the European Union Youth Orchestra, due to a lack of core funding from the EU, the music world has put the EU on notice th... Read more »
Monika Grütters for EUYO
The German Minister of Culture, Monika Grütters, has publicly shared her support for the European Union Youth Orchestra: Berlin (dpa) - Deutschland will sich in Brüssel für den Erhalt des von der Schließung bedrohten European Union Youth Orchestra einsetzen. Der Kulturministerrat müsse über eine... Read more »
Europe's musicians #SaveEUYO
And now... over to the musicians! FREE, OPEN TO ALL, come - experience the power of classical music. TOMORROW. This Friday, in several locations across the European Union players from the European Union Youth Orchestra, former players, players from other youth orchestras, professional orchestra... Read more »
#SaveEUYO Campaign issues the '3 Principles Statement'
Marshall Marcus on #SaveEUYO in the Guardian
The European Union Youth Orchestra cannot be strangled by European bureaucracy Read more »
John Gilhooly, chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society joins the #SaveEUYO campaign
John Gilhooly RPS chairman issued the following statement in support of EUYO: The Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music in the UK for over 200 years, collaborating with composers and performers from across Europe from the outset, including commissioning Beethoven’s 9th Sympho... Read more »
Words from EUYO alumnus, Matt Bain
Why the end of EUYO is a betrayal of young people by the EU Read more »
Words from Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the EUYO
“The loss of the EUYO would be a catastrophic loss to the musical community across Europe. Moreover, if the European Union stops investing in its young people and its culture it will undermine its own credibility and future” Read more »
How to help
We are now in discussion with the EU about a new funding offer from the European Commission As soon as that discussion is concluded we will be announcing the result For now, our advice for anyone who wants to write to the Commissioner in our support is: We welcome the European Commission 1 J... Read more »
Happy anniversary to us!
Celebrating 40 years of one of the European Union’s great cultural institutions with performances in every capital city of the EU’s 28 Member States Capital Sounds, a major new pan-European project, is an initiative marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of the European Union Youth Orchest... Read more »