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In 2013, members of the Australian Youth Orchestra will travel to Europe to perform at prestigious summer festivals under the baton of celebrated conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

Key Information

AYO February:
10 – 20 February

AYO International Tour:
23 July - 19 August 2013

AYO February:
Melbourne, VIC

AYO International Tour:
Sydney, Melbourne, Australia
Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland

Venues to include:
Sydney Opera House
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Konzerthaus, Berlin
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad

AYO February $1050
AYO International Tour $4100

AYO will arrange and cover all travel,
instrument freight, meals and accommodation
costs associated with this program

25 years or under as at 1 January 2013
Minimum standard AMEB Grade 7
or equivalent
Open to all orchestral instrumentalists,
including keyboard and harp
Participants must be available for both
February and July programs

Along with conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the AYO will also be joined by virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell in concerts first at the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall Melbourne, then in Europe at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Following the popular “style workshops” of recent years and in preparation for this tour, the AYO will also convene in February for an intensive chamber music and orchestral summer course. Led by some of the world’s leading string, wind, brass, and percussion players each section of the orchestra will work closely to refine their ensemble skills and come together for a performance of major orchestral works. This really is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity guaranteed to propel your playing to new heights of musicianship and performance.


AYO February
WESTLAKE The Glass Soldier Suite
RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
- Interval -
RAVEL Mother Goose: Suite
STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Suite (1919)
Book now at www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136100

AYO International Tour - Sydney Concert
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
Book now at www.sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777

AYO International Tour - Melbourne Concert
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
Book now at www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

Applications for all 2013 programs are now closed


Christoph Eschenbach

Christoph Eschenbach has been acclaimed for his creative insight and dynamic energy, as a conductor, collaborator, and ardent champion of young musicians. He is currently Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He regularly performs with the Wiener  Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Boston Symphony amongst many others.

Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Christoph Eschenbach’s previous appointments include Music Director of the Houston Symphony, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony.


Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions which have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Often referred to as the poet of the violin, Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and is the newly named Music Director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader and composer who performs his own cadenzas to several of the major concerto repertoire. “Bell,” Gramophone stated simply, “is dazzling.”