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Asian Youth Orchestra Returns to Malaysia After 13 Years for a Spectacular Concert

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Asia’s premier pre-professional orchestra, Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO).

● The award-winning Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra makes a return to Malaysian shores after 13 years.
● Deemed “the finest among youth orchestras around the world” by critics, the 100-plus orchestra members are selected annually through a vigorous audition process, representing over 10 countries and territories across Asia.
● Led by principal guest conductor, Jader Bignamini, the highly anticipated concert will take place at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 July 2024 – Asia’s premier pre-professional orchestra, Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), will be making a return to Malaysia after 13 years for a spectacular evening of music. The highly anticipated concert is set to take place on 19th August at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS in a celebration of youth and artistic excellence through a vibrant and captivating programme.

The AYO had been awarded Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2010, as well as the Nikkei Asia Prize in 2015 for Culture and Community, both recognising the orchestra’s outstanding achievements.

Hailed by critics as “the finest among youth orchestras around the world,” AYO had been bestowed Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists, a global arts prize, in 2010, as well as the Nikkei Asia Prize in 2015 for Culture and Community. The awards not only recognise the orchestra’s outstanding achievements, but also the prestige they have attained and the profound impact they have had internationally on the arts.

Principal guest conductor, Jader Bignamini

Orchestra musicians are selected every year through a strict audition process. Successful talents will then attend an intensive three-week Rehearsal Camp before embarking on an international tour led by principal guest conductor Jader Bignamini.

AYO’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Keith Lau enthused, “Earlier this year saw the orchestra resuming live auditions for the first time since the pandemic ended, and we were overwhelmed by the response and support shown. The dedication displayed was commendable, where many candidates traveled far from their hometowns to attend the auditions. We were pleased to witness the skills and talent of these young musicians, and we cannot wait to begin the exciting journey this summer.”

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta is delighted to welcome back the Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra, returning to Malaysia after 13 years. The office also congratulates the selected musicians from over 10 countries and territories, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

“As a former member of the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), I have witnessed first-hand the profound impact this orchestra has on young musicians. Touring and performing throughout Asia with the AYO fostered a shared passion for music and the immense joy of bringing artistic expression to diverse audiences. We are confident that the AYO’s concert in Malaysia in 2024 will be an unforgettable experience for both the musicians and the community,” concludes Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kenny Ooi.

Seize this chance to catch AYO in action, bringing to life Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite, Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Ticket pricing ranges from RM88 to RM408. Group package (min. 4 tickets) at 15% off normal price available.

For more details about Asian Youth Orchestra 2024 Malaysia Tour, please visit https://dfp.com.my.

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