San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is recognized internationally as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world. Founded in 1981, the mission of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is to provide the finest orchestral training, tuition free, to young musicians at the pre-professional level, ranging in age from 12-21 . San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra has worked with a wide range of internationally renowned artists, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and many others.
Askonas Holt was delighted to arrange the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra's 2008 summer European tour, with their Music Director, Benjamin Shwartz, and soloist Julian Rachlin. The tour included performances at the Rheingau Music Festival, and SFSYO's debut concerts in prestigious halls such as the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, the Smetena Hall in Prague and the Philharmonie in Berlin. Following a sell-out success, the Orchestra subsequently returned to the Philharmonie in 2012 as part of a further, extensive tour of Germany and Austria.