European Union Youth Orchestra


The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s pre-eminent symphony orchestras. Described by the UK Guardian as having “gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring… [and] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying”; by the New York Times as “one of the elite organisations of its kind”; and by former EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as “the best possible ambassador for the European Union”, the EUYO has provided an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe’s finest musicians since its foundation in 1976. There is no orchestra quite like the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). An orchestra of dynamism, youthful energy and passion, shaped afresh each year with highly talented musicians from all 27 EU Member States. For almost half a century a beacon of the shared values and ideals of the European Union – harmony, diversity, shared learning and mutual understanding. An orchestra recognised across the world for the excellence of its music making and for its success in nurturing the careers of generations of young musicians. An orchestra always at the forefront, anticipating and reacting to the changing world around it, equipping its members for careers in that world and forging change within the classical music and cultural sectors.