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USA: Russian maestro Gergiev heads US youth orchestra01:32

USA: Russian maestro Gergiev heads US youth orchestra

United States, Washington DC
July 13, 2013 at 08:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Russian maestro Gergiev heads US youth orchestra

Russian conductor and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, maestro Valery Gergiev, joined the newly founded National Youth Orchestra of the United States at the Russian Embassy in Washington DC on Friday.

Gergiev spoke about the upcoming tour for the inaugural season of the National Youth Orchestra and his role as conductor. He emphasised his "tremendous pleasure" at the opportunity to lead the ensemble in its maiden overseas trip.

He said: "I also think that the National Youth Orchestra of the United States amazingly assembled for the first time ever, it's one of the best thing that any institution can do in the world. But, being here, and thinking of two countries, the US and the Russian Federation, it also gives you tremendous pleasure to think that in a couple of days we'll perform in Moscow, and then in four days, we will perform in St. Petersburg, and then in one week we will perform in London for the famous Proms festival."

After giving concerts in the US, Gergiev will lead his ensemble in landmark performances in Moscow's Great Hall Conservatory, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, and the Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall. Decorated American violinist Joshua Bell will perform with the group.

Founded by Carnegie Hall's Music Institute, the ensemble comprises the best young American musicians aged 16-19. They performed their first concert together on Thursday at Purchase College in New York, and will soon embark on their scheduled world tour.

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USA: Russian maestro Gergiev heads US youth orchestra

Russian conductor and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, maestro Valery Gergiev, joined the newly founded National Youth Orchestra of the United States at the Russian Embassy in Washington DC on Friday.

Gergiev spoke about the upcoming tour for the inaugural season of the National Youth Orchestra and his role as conductor. He emphasised his "tremendous pleasure" at the opportunity to lead the ensemble in its maiden overseas trip.

He said: "I also think that the National Youth Orchestra of the United States amazingly assembled for the first time ever, it's one of the best thing that any institution can do in the world. But, being here, and thinking of two countries, the US and the Russian Federation, it also gives you tremendous pleasure to think that in a couple of days we'll perform in Moscow, and then in four days, we will perform in St. Petersburg, and then in one week we will perform in London for the famous Proms festival."

After giving concerts in the US, Gergiev will lead his ensemble in landmark performances in Moscow's Great Hall Conservatory, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, and the Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall. Decorated American violinist Joshua Bell will perform with the group.

Founded by Carnegie Hall's Music Institute, the ensemble comprises the best young American musicians aged 16-19. They performed their first concert together on Thursday at Purchase College in New York, and will soon embark on their scheduled world tour.