AYO Touring History

2013 marks many celebrations for AYO – the organisation’s 65th Anniversary; 25th anniversary of its first tour with luminary conductor, Christoph Eschenbach; and its 21st international tour. Since 1970 AYO has been a cultural ambassadors for Australia, touring the globe with some of the world’s leading conductors and artists, including Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pinchas Zukerman and Yakov Kreizberg.


1970

Inaugural tour to Osaka, Japan for EXPO 70

1975

AYO embarks on an Asian tour to the Philippines, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong

1976

AYO travels to the USA performing as part of the US Bicentennial

1979

AYO becomes the first Australian orchestra to visit China. A special highlight being the joint appearance with the Shanghai Symphony

1984

AYO’s first European tour sees concerts in Yugoslavia, France (being the first Australian orchestra to perform in Paris), The Netherlands and UK

1988

Funded by the Australian Bicentennial Foundation, AYO tours Europe under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach

                Christoph Eschenbach conducts the AYO

1991

Engagements fulfilled in North and South America, the highlight being an appearance at Carnegie Hall as part of its centenary season

1992

Sees the AYO tour the Sydney Choral Festival to Indonesia

1993

Inaugural tour to New Zealand followed by a tour later that year to Japan

1994

Another successful European tour directed by the dynamic maestro Yakov Kreizberg

1995

The orchestra tours France

1996

World tour with concerts in Sydney, Amsterdam, Germany and North America
featuring a performance with the Atlanta Youth Symphony at the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta

1997

The Camerata Australia tour to the UK

1998

A return tour to China

1999

A South Pacific tour including New Zealand,
Vanuatu and New Caledonia

2001

AYO tours North America and Europe under the batons of conductors Mikko Franck and current Sydney Symphony Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Ashkenazy

2004

A return to Europe including eight appearances at summer festivals

2007

A tour to Europe marks the orchestra’s 50th anniversary

2010

The most ambitious tour yet, sees the orchestra cross Australia, China and Europe

                The AYO perform at the Bad Emstal, Germany

2013

AYO tours to Europe with artists Christoph Eschenbach, Joshua Bell and William Barton