The 15-concert Nordic Baltic Legacy Tour promoted cross-cultural exchange between 80 exceptional young musicians from 26 countries of the Americas, and the community of Nordic and Baltic nations. Throughout Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany, YOA musicians demonstrated the Americas-led movement of orchestral training for social development, embodying their roles as youth leaders through interactive performances and workshops.
YOA’s Pan American Tour highlights youth leadership, cultural exchange, and social development during a month of concerts and community engagement across Eastern Canada. By special invitation from the Pan American Games, YOA served as a headlining cultural participating of the 2015 Games in Toronto. Through a partnership with the Orchestra de la Francophonie (OF), invoking the addition of French-speaking musicians from around the world, the Pan American Tour showcased the unique voice of Francophone culture in the Americas.
YOA Orchestra of the Americas leads a pioneering Tour of the Caribbean, performing concerts in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. YOA bridges the azure waters that separate these nations through a series of pan-regional development missions, and a series of concerts and community engagement projects for the Tour. The Tour involves the participation of more than 1,000 local musicians and showcases Caribbean voices as a vital contributor to the Americas, paving the way towards deeper regional ties, understanding, and integration between the Caribbean and the Americas as a whole.
Gabriela Montreo’s most recent release, featuring YOA Orchestra of the AMericas and Carlos Miguel Prieto, is an emphatic demonstration of the “total” artist as pianist, composer and improviser and features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, Montero’s own “Ex Patria”, and 3 freeform improvisations. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “triumphant,” the recording earned Gabriela and YOA Orchestra of the Americas a Grammy® Award for “Best Classical Album” at the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards®.
Philip Glass is unquestionably among the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. In this collaborative recording with YOA Orchestra of the Americas and Dante Anzolini, Postmodern music’s most celebrated and high-profile proponent, his myriad orchestral works, operas, film scores, and dance pieces proved essential to the development of ambient and new age sounds, and his fusions of Western and world musics were among the earliest and most successful global experiments of their kind.
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 (Leningrad) featuring YOA Orchestra of the Americas and Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor. Recording location: Live in concert at Teatro Nacional E. Brito, Dominican Republic, 14 July 2014. Mark Gillespie, Executive producer; Gerardo Tornero, Recording producer; Ricardo Quintero, Balance Engineer; Felipe García, Assistant Engineer; Petrushka Verenice, Album design