The Palestine Youth Orchestra

The Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) was created in 2004 by the ESNCM with the vision of bringing together young Palestinian musicians from around the world. The orchestra can rightly claim today that it is a quality national youth orchestra on a par with similar ensembles worldwide. Over the past ten years it has performed in Palestine, Germany, France, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Greece and Italy. The PYO comprises around eighty young musicians of Palestinian origin residing around the world. 
PYO musicians meet annually for a one-week residential course followed by a concert tour. From year to year, a different country is chosen for the residential course and the orchestra invites, alongside the young musicians of Palestinian origin, 10 to 15 young guest musicians from music institutions or youth orchestras of the hosting country. Students are coached by musicians who perform and teach with leading ensembles and music conservatoires. Recent guest tutors have come from the likes of English National Opera, Valencia Opera House, Qatar Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012 the ESNCM has developed a partnership with the Oslo Philharmonic which entails having members of the prestigious Norwegian orchestra as coaches for the sections of the Palestine Youth Orchestra.
Conductors who have directed the PYO include Sian Edwards, Tom Hammond, and Nicolas Simon. Among the distinguished soloists that have performed with the PYO are Marcel Khalife, Dima Bawab, Ahmad Al Khatib, Reem Talhami, Rim Banna, Alexander Suleiman, and Saleem Abboud Ashkar. The orchestra is dedicated to promoting the work of Palestinian and Arab composers, alongside well-known standards of the Western symphonic repertoire. Recent concerts have showcased music by Marcel Khalife, Salvador Arnita, Kinan Azmeh, Naji Hakim, and the Rahbani Brothers.
The PYO is always keen to hear from young Palestinian musicians residing around the world. Applicants should be of Palestinian origin, between 13 – 26 years of age, and be able to perform to at least grade 7 (ABRSM), on an orchestral instrument. Auditions are usually held in February/March. To join the orchestra, an online application must be completed. All expenses related to the orchestra members’ participation in the PYO (tutoring, travel, accommodation, meals) are covered by the ESNCM, with the exception of a registration fee. Scholarships are available for students who are unable to pay the fee. 
All enquiries regarding musical repertoire, performances, collaborations and exchanges with other musical institutions, or participation in the PYO either as a student or instructor, should be directed to Ms. Zeina Khoury- Orchestra Manager:, +972 (0)2—2819156.


2012 Jordan Concerts

Hussein Cultural Centre, Amman (Jordan)
KHBT Convention Centre, The Dead Sea (Jordan)
Conductor: Tom Hammond
Soloists: Dima Bawab (soprano) , Mohamed Najem (clarinet)
L. Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 8, in F major

Leo Delibes

Les Filles de Cadix

Antonin Dvořák

Song to the Moon from Rusalka

Kinan Azmeh

November 22nd


Capriccio Espagnol

2012 Tour of Italy

Festival Amfiteatrof, Vernazza (Italy)
Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa (Italy)
Piazza della Signoria, Florence (Italy)
Conservatorio Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome (Italy)
Ravello Festival, Ravello (Italy)
Conductor: Sian Edwards
Soloists: Dima Bawab (soprano), Maias Al Yamani (violin), Mohamed Najem (clarinet)
L. Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 8 in F major

Maias Al Yamani

Sea Waves (Arabic violin and orchestra)

Leo Delibes

Les Fille de Cadix

Antonin Dvořák

Song to the Moon from Rusalka

Kinan Azmeh

November 22nd

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Capriccio Espagnole

Giuseppe Verdi

Un Giorno di Regno (overture)

2011 in Palestine

Ramallah Cultural Palace (Palestine)
Al-Najah National University, Nablus (Palestine)
Conductor: Hilari Gárcia Gázquez , Roger Johansson
Soloists: Ahmad Al Khatib (oud) , Fadi Deeb (piano)

Overture La Gazza Ladra


Piano Concerto No. 1

Roger Johansson

Fi Dhikra al Haram (world premiere)


Suite from The Gadfly

2010 in Greece and Jordan

Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall (Greece)
The Jordan Festival - The Citadel, Amman (Jordan)
Conductor: Sian Edwards.
Soloists: Oday Al-Khattab (voice), Rawan Elleyan (voice), Osama Diab (voice)

Symphony No. 94 'The Surprise'

Marcel Khalife

Ya Nhassim Ar-Rih

Assi Rahbani

Al-Quds al-Atika

Samih Shqeir

Law Rahal Soti

John Bisharat

Elegy in a Country Churchyard (world premiere 28 Jul 2010)

Ahmad Al Khatib

Mystifying Transparencies

Issa Boulos

"Share' Beitik" and "Share' Beitik fi Yom Taani" (world premiere 28 Jul 2010)


Orchestral Selection from Porgy and Bess

Øystein Bru Frantzen

Variations on Halalalaleya