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Scarsdale's Alan Yao Named To National Youth Orchestra

Scarsdale High School violinist Alan Yao, shown here with violinist Naoko Nakajima, has been selected for the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra.
Scarsdale High School violinist Alan Yao, shown here with violinist Naoko Nakajima, has been selected for the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Alan Yao, of Scarsdale, is among the 109 young musicians selected from across the country for the fourth annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), according to a Carnegie Hall press release.

The members of the 2016 orchestra, ages 16 to 19, are from 32 states.

They have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country following a comprehensive and highly competitive audition process. This summer’s NYO-USA will feature 38 returning musicians. The program is free for all participants.

The NYO-USA musicians will arrive in New York in June to begin a three-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College of the State University of New York, working with principal players from some of the country’s finest professional orchestras.

In 2016, NYO-USA performs under two renowned conductors: Christoph Eschenbach and Valery Gergiev. Eschenbach will lead the orchestra in a program to include Mozart’s "Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482" featuring acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax as soloist alongside Bruckner’s "Symphony No. 6 in A Major" at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College (July 13) and at Carnegie Hall (July 14).

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance are on sale now at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212)-247-7800, or at carnegiehall.org .

Following their New York appearances, the NYO-USA musicians will fly to Europe, joining Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev for a tour of some of the continent’s music capitals.

“With each successive year of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, the quality and level of playing among applicants has grown higher and higher,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director.

“The musicians who make up NYO-USA’s 2016 roster are truly among the very best." he added. "We are excited to embark on another wonderful summer of music-making, with these young artists serving as great musical ambassadors for the US as we travel abroad.”

Click here to see the National Youth Orchestra roster.

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