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Asian Youth Orchestra Audition Deadlines

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is Asia’s premier pre-professional orchestra.

Asian Youth Orch 2015 performance Japan. Music Press Asia

With audition deadlines looming, its ultimate goal is its Summer Festival in Hong Kong.

The program? It offers opportunities for advanced study, performance and international concert touring with celebrated artists and conductors.

Are you a musician or studying to be one? If so, look no further.

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For a chance to participate at AYO’s Summer Festival Asian Concert Tour in Hong Kong, you must now look between setting dates in your diary for Jul. 13 till Sept. 1 this year.

Who’d you be working with?

First up are cello soloist: Jian Wang & Alban Gerhardt. The cherry on the top is having Joseph Bastian and Jader Bignamini at the helm.

With auditions being held at Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Conductor James Judd Asian Youth Orchestra 2017. Music Press Asia
[Conductor James Judd Asian Youth Orchestra 2017. Music Press Asia]

100 would be selected.

And plans, collectively, will involve 6 weeks each summer – through the 3-week Summer Festival in Hong Kong – then, another 3 more weeks on tour with guest artists and conductors.

AYO 2024 audition dates. Music Press Asia
[Asian Youth Orchestra audition deadlines are being held in 9 cities across Asia. Music Press Asia]

Performance Tour

The tour will visit cities including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Chiayi City, Yokohama and Tokyo.

With performance locations subject to change.

So, what would the repertoire on tour consist of?

Ravel: Boléro
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
Debussy: La Mer
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Suite, A symphonic picture
Bernstein: Westside Story Symphonic Dances
Respighi: Pines of Rome
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Lalo: Cello concerto

Important Audition Dates

Cities participating in live auditions and application deadlines are below:
Manila, Saturday, 2 March (Application deadline: 23 February)
Hong Kong, Sunday, 3 March (Application deadline: 24 February)
Singapore, Monday, 4 March (Application deadline: 25 February)
Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, 5 March (Application deadline: 27 February)
Bangkok, Thursday, 7 March (Application deadline: 28 February)
Taipei, Saturday & Sunday, 9 & 10 March (Application deadline: 28 February)
Seoul, Wednesday, 13 March (Application deadline: 6 March)
Tokyo, Saturday, 16 March (Application deadline: 10 March)
Osaka, Sunday, 17 March (Application deadline: 10 March)
Shanghai, Tuesday, 19 March (Application deadline: 11 March)

Video submitted application are also applied. For more information about the audtion’s requirements, visit AYO’s official website here.

What benefits to being chosen?

Well, the good stuff continues: Those selected for the full scholarship program will study with the best.
So, who are these chosen tutor and which institution? Artist-faculty of principals at pristine music college of course.

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They include:

  • the La Fenice Teatro Venice
  • Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa
  • Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
  • Brussels’ Monnaie Opera
  • The Orchestra Della Radio Svizzera Italiana
  • Spain’s Real Orquestra Sinfonia de Sevilla
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Conservatorio Gaetano Donizetti.

Previous Collaborators with AYO

The AYO is 33 this year. Over the 3 decades, guest soloist include Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Vadim Repin, and Misha Maisky among others.

Previous guest conductors include co-founders Yehudi Menuhin and Richard Pontzious.

Others invited as guests are Tan Dun, Sergiu Comissiona, Alexander Schneider, Eri Klas, Okko Kamu, Matthias Bamert, James Judd, Joesph Bastian.

For more information about the Asian Youth Orchestra, visit official website here.

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