GYO was founded in 2006 as the resident orchestra of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, offering young musicians from across the Grampian region the opportunity to come together for an intensive summer course working with respected tutors and conductors.
2016 saw the orchestra embark on a 10th-anniversary tour with performances in Belgium, Germany and Holland.
The orchestra has also worked with a number of distinguished soloists and, more recently, has established a concerto competition which offers the winner the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. Amy Birse was the first winner in 2017, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
Muang Luangvisut won the concerto competition in 2020 and was due to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the orchestra as part of a tour to Berlin in Germany. Unfortunately, courses since 2020 have been unable to be held due to the Covid 19 pandemic resulting in the tour to Berlin being cancelled.
We welcome applications from all who meet the following criteria:
- Born, resident or studying anywhere within the Grampian area (Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray).
- Age 12 - 22
- Playing at the equivalent of ABRSM Grade 7+. Players working towards this level are also encouraged to apply.
Please fill out this form to register your interest for future courses.