YOA Orchestra of the Americas
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director
Manager: R. Douglas Sheldon
Management Territory: Europe
“Triumphant… Let those who despair of the young ponder last night’s concert.” –The Boston Globe
“It was a triumph for the orchestra. Yo-Yo Ma beamed as he turned to encourage the young players… the musicians rose to the occasion and matched Ma’s energized and inspired playing.” –The New York Times
“The future of classical music was presented Tuesday night at Wolf Trap, and it looked very promising… The performances were notable for professionalism, precision of ensemble and intonation and, above all, apparently unlimited energy.” –The Washington Post
“A rapturous performance of Rachmaninoff…” – The Los Angeles Times
YOA ORCHESTRA OF THE AMERICAS YOA IS A WORLD-CLASS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ages 18 to 30, representing 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. YOA’S MISSION is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change. YOA has become an international brand by bringing renowned artists—from Yo-Yo Ma to Paquito D’Rivera, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass—into the lives of young musicians and diverse audiences.
Free and open auditons are held annually via YouTube, removing the cost of international postage, to . . . ensure that any deserving and eligible musician can apply. Following adjudication by prestigious faculty, all musicians in the new orchestra participate on full-scholarship, to achieve the greatest equality and diversity possible.
The season centerpiece is a July-August Residence and Concert Tour held each year in different regions of the world. Musicians, Faculty, Conductors, and Guest Artists gather for a 2-week Residence of daily full-orchestra and sectional rehearsals to prepare diverse and challenging repertoire to take on a month-long tour. YOA HAS PERFORMED more than 300 concerts since its 2002 Inaugural Tour in settings that range from the most prestigious concert halls of Europe and the Americas to outdoor venues not often associated with symphonic music. YOA has reached millions through live performances, television and radio broadcasts, CD recordings, print media, and documentary films. YOA’s music faculty includes world music leaders: Principals of the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rome Opera, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, among other top music institutions. YOA’s Global Leaders teaching faculty includes a Nobel Prize Winner.