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The Palestine Youth Orchestra
The Palestine Youth Orchestra is the flagship orchestra of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. It was created in 2004 with the vision of bringing together young Palestinian musicians from around the world. Today, the PYO membership consists of around eighty young Palestinian musicians of Palestinian origin, creating a quality national youth orchestra on a par with similar ensembles worldwide. Over the past eight years, the PYO has performed in Palestine, Germany, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Greece and Italy, where it recently completed a five-city tour, including performances at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, and the Festivals of Levanto, Florence and Ravello. In 2008, the orchestra realised its dream of performing in Palestine, when it held concerts in Ramallah and Haifa, performing songs that celebrate the city of Jerusalem.
PYO students meet once or twice a year for a one-week residential course followed by a concert tour. The young musicians are coached annually by musicians who perform and teach with leading ensembles and music conservatoires, including English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), Valencia Community Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Amman Symphony Orchestra, Paris Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music, Conservatorio Paganini (Genoa), London Symphony Orchestra, and the Oslo Philharmonic, with whom the orchestra have recently developed a partnership.
Conductors who have directed the PYO include Sian Edwards, Tom Hammond, Hilari Gárcia Gázquez, Roger Johansson, Walter Mik and Anna-Sophie Breuning. Soloists who have performed with the PYO include Dima Bawab, Maias Al Yamani, Mohamed Najem, Ahmad Al Khattib, Fadi Deeb, Marcel Khalife, Omeima Khalil, Basel Zayed, Karim Said, Reem Talhami, winners of the Palestine National Music Competition including students from Gaza City, Hebron and Ramallah, Rim Banna, Basel Theodory, Alexander Suleiman and Saleem Abboud Ashkar.
The PYO is dedicated to promoting the work of Palestinian and Arab composers,
alongside well-known standards of the Western classical repertoire. Recent
concerts have included music by Marcel Khalife, Issa Boulos, John Bisharat,
Ahmed al-Khatib Salvador Arnita, Kinan Azmeh, Maias Al Yamani, the Rahbani
Brothers, Suhail Khoury and Rima Tarazi. Other repertoire performed by the
Orchestra has included Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Beethoven Symphonies
No. 3 and 8, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Triple Concerto, Dvořák
Symphony No. 5, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy
and Bess, Haydn Symphony No. 103, Brahms Symphony No. 1, Khatchaturian’s
Gayane Suite, Shostakovich’s The Gadfly, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.
1, Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, and songs by Dvořák, Delibes and
28th September 2012 Hussein Cultural Centre (Amman, Jordan)29th September 2012 KHBT Convention Centre (Dead Sea, Jordan)
Music by: Kinan Azmeh, Beethoven, Rimsky Korsakov, Dvořák and Delibes.
Conductor: Tom Hammond.
Soloists: Dima Bawab (soprano) and Mohamed Najem (clarinet)< br />
2nd August 2012
The Ravello Festival (Ravello, Italy)
16th August 2011 The Cultural Palace (Ramallah, Palestine)17st August 2011 An Najah University (Nablus, Palestine)
Music by: Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rossini and Roger Johansson.
Conductors: Hilaria Gárcia Gázquez and Roger Johansson.
Soloists: Ahmad Al Khattib (oud), and Fadi Deeb (piano)
28th November 2010 Megaron Concert Hall (Athens, Greece)Music by: Ahmad Al Khattib, Issa Boulos, John Bisharat, Haydn, Gershwin, the Rahbani Brothers, Samih Shukeir and Marcel Khalife.
Conductor: Sian Edwards.
Soloists: Oday Al-Khattab (Hebron), Rawan Elleyan (Gaza City), and Osama Diab (Ramallah).
28th July 2010 The Jordan Festival (Amman, Jordan)Music by: Ahmad Al Khattib, Issa Boulos, John Bisharat, Haydn and Gershwin.
Conductor: Sian Edwards
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