Photo: Valery Gergiev
New York’s Carnegie Hall is founding the first National Youth Orchestra of the USA which is set to include one hundred and twenty musicians aged between sixteen and nineteen from all over the country. Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, stated that the orchestra’s first performances will take place in the summer of 2013 at the Concert Hall of Purchase College University, New York State. The orchestra will subsequently appear at the Kennedy Center in Washington after which it will undertake an international tour, giving concerts in Moscow, St Petersburg and London. The orchestra will be performing at Carnegie Hall in the summer of 2014. The orchestra will appoint a new conductor on an annual basis. Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, will be the orchestra’s conductor for its first season. The programme and dates of the tour will be announced early in 2013, although one work that the orchestra will be performing is already known – Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony in E Minor.