El Sistema • Youth Orchestra of Caracas
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH • Festive Overture, Op. 96
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH • Symphony No. 9 in E flat, Op. 70
PYOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY • Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
We thank for the support and collaboration:
Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar. Órgano Rector del Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas y Coros Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela. Tocar y Luchar.
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Dietrich Paredes, Conductor
Youth Orchestra of Caracas
Since 2011 the currently third generation of the orchestras founded by El Sistema, the Youth Orchestra of Caracas, has baffled not only European audiences with a musical passion that – despite large numbers of players – sets to work with a perfection well above the norm, even among professional orchestras. Fresh, dynamic and versatile – those are attributes often used to describe the Youth Orchestra of Caracas (YOC) by enthusiastic critics. The high-powered orchestra brings together 180 musicians aged 14 to 22, all of them trained under the aegis of José Antonio Abreu, Ulyses Ascanio and Gustavo Dudamel – the former orchestra directors – and their current music director, Dietrich Paredes.
In 2011 the orchestra made its debut at the Bergen International Music Festival, followed by a celebrated tour to Asia with performances in China and Korea. In 2012 the YOC was invited to the Dvořák Prague Festival, the Flanders International Festival, the Beethovenfest in Bonn and for the first time to Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Since 2009, Dietrich Paredes has been at the helm of the Youth Orchestra of Caracas. Trained as a violinist, he is a former member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and a conducting student of José Antonio Abreu. As part of the Dudamel Fellowship Program, the exceptional talent Paredes is working closely with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra during the current season.