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PLMF and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas organized a competition for Baltic musicians to participate in all symphony orchestra instrument groups in the YOA Orchestra from July 1 to August 2, 2016!

Within the framework of the competition, 1 brilliant young instrumentalist from Estonia was selected as an orchestra member from the Baltics, and within the framework of the competition, 77 talented musicians were selected from more than 1,300 applicants in the American countries.


The selected ones had a rare opportunity to participate in a 10-day study process under the guidance of world-renowned musicians at the Rapla Church Music Festival at Audentes Private School (July 1-12) and a three-week tour in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

One of our most outstanding and unique pianists IRINA ZAHHARENKOVA also participated as a soloist in the YOA Orchestra's 2016 concert tour in the Nordic and Baltic countries.


The instructors of the summer school were the following top musicians from different countries:
Leon Spierer
(violin, Berlin Philharmonic, concertmaster 1963-1993), Otto Derolez (violin, Brussels Philharmonic, concertmaster), José Aurelio Castillo (violin, Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster), Craig Mumm (viola, Metropolitan Opera Symphony Orchestra), Ilmari Hopkins (cello, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, group concertmaster), Dominic Seldis (double bass, Royal Concertgebouw orchestra, group concertmaster), Mary Ann Mumm (violin, Metropolitan Opera Symphony Orchestra), Leone Buyse (flute, Boston Symphony Orchestra, group concertmaster 1983-1993), Gordon Hunt (oboe, Philharmonic Orchestra, group concertmaster), Michael Webster (clarinet, Rochester Philharmonic, 1968) 1988), Rodion Tolmachev (bassoon, St. Petersburg Maria Theater, concertmaster of the group), Catherine Larsen-Maguire (bassoon, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Rostock), Javier Gándara (horn, Metropolitan Opera Symphony Orchestra), Mauro Maur (trumpet, Roman Opera) , group concertmaster), Karl Frisendahl (trombone, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, group concertmaster), Fernando Meza (percussion, University of Minnesota), Birgitte Volan Håvik (harp, Oslo Philharmonic, group concertmaster), Ricardo Castro (klaver, Haute École de Musique de Lausanne).


AMERICAN TALENT ORCHESTRA YOA is a symphony orchestra composed of the most talented young musicians of the American continents aged 18-30. Established in 2001, YOA's mission is to encourage outstanding musicians in their field by offering them a variety of performance opportunities. The orchestra's conductors, teachers and soloists are current or former top performers around the world, and artistic advisors include Placido Domingo, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma and Martha Argerich.

The YOA Orchestra's global reach is characterized by concerts in the most famous halls around the world, which have reached 12 million listeners via television and radio. YOA has also recorded CDs and several documentaries have been made about the orchestra. Every year from July to August, YOA organizes a spectacular residency and concert in various parts of the world - the orchestra is composed on the basis of a very large-scale competition, and in 2016, 10 talented young people from the Baltics will join musicians from 25 American countries. YOA also runs a year-round global leadership program that supports the journey of exceptional musicians to become leading cultural entrepreneurs, teaching artists and performers. YOA creates links for musicians with valued universities and career opportunities. Following the principles of the YOA, the music programs of schools in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, St. Petersburg have changed. Lucia, USA and Uruguay.

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