On tour: San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra returns to Europe

The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, led by Wattis Foundation Music Director Christian Reif, will embark on their 11th international tour this week, visiting Odense, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna and Budapest. The orchestra will be joined by two venerated soloists for this tour; Karen Gomyo and Nicola Benedetti.

Nicola joins the orchestra for their opening performance at the Odense Koncerthus on 23 June, where she will perform the seminal Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major. The programme will also feature Detlev Glanert’s Prelude No. 1 from Three American Preludes and Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major, ‘Titan’. Karen will join the orchestra at Tivoli Concert Hall on 24 June, also performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Nicola will rejoin the orchestra for the remainder of the tour, visiting the Elbphilharmonie on 26 June, Berliner Philharmonie on 29 June, Vusikverein on 2 July and Margaret Island Open-Air Stage on 4 July.

Having arranged many tours for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2008, including organising the orchestra’s last tour to Europe in 2015, Askonas Holt is thrilled to be involved once again in bringing one of the world’s finest youth orchestras back to Europe for this epic 17-day tour. AH has also arranged many tours for the San Francisco Symphony, including their most recent tour of Asia in 2016.

Ahead of the tour, Christian Reif noted how important these tours are for young musicians:

“Performing in these important venues and visiting these wonderful cities together creates experiences for the young musicians and myself that we will cherish all our lives. For most of them, this is their first trip to Europe, and I know that it will be life changing to walk the streets and breathe the air in places that were important in the lives of legendary composers themselves.”

For more information about the tour and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, check their website.

Main image © Stefan Cohen

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