CONDUCTORS

 

Richard Pontzious
Founder & Artistic Director 

 

Richard Pontzious founded the Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra in 1987 with the distinguished violinist, conductor and humanitarian Yehudi Menuhin.

The idea for the creation of an orchestra that would unite the region and celebrate the talents of East Asia’s brightest young musicians came as the result of Mr. Pontzious’ work as conductor, writer, teacher and mentor in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. Critics have called AYO “astonishing” and the “finest among youth orchestras around the world.” In 2010 the Orchestra was awarded Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists, a global arts prize.

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Joseph Bastian
Principal Conductor

 

The Asian Youth Orchestra warmly welcomes as principal conductor one of the most exciting talents of the younger generation, French-Swiss conductor Joseph Bastian.

The former bass 
trombonist of the Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bastian burst into the international spotlight in February 2016, when he stepped in at the last moment to conduct the orchestra in three subscription concerts -- replacing an indisposed Robin Ticciati - with the blessing of his Chief Conductor and conducting mentor, Mariss Jansons. 

ARTIST-FACULTY

 

Sergiu Comissiona
Conductor Laureate

Jospeh Bastian                       
Principal Conductor              

 

Monnaie Opera Brussels

Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Spain
Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Italy

Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra (former)

Triple Helix Trio & The Boston Conservatory
Sinfonieorchester Basel, Switzerland

Baltimore Symphony

 


London Philharmonic Orchestra (former), Donizetti Conservatory of Bergamo

Teatro Regio Orchestra, Parma, Italy

Orchestra Della Radio Svizzera Italiana

Donizetti Conservatory of Bergamo, Italy

 

Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, Venice, Italy

Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Italy

Orchestra Della Radio Svizzera Italiana

 


Conservatory of Parma, Italy

National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan

2022 ORCHESTRA MEMBERS

 

Violins
Chang Ssu-Yuan
Chen Wan-Xuan

Chiang Yu-Lin

Ho Wing Lok
Hong Pak Ho

Kanda Honami
Kim Jin Joo

Lee Sook Young
Lee Yin-Chi

Lin Yun-Chung
Suh Ji Hun
Sun Yi-Fan

Sutanto Natasha

Terakawa Aoi

Yeh Yi-Wen

Yoshizawa Erina

 

Violas
Chan Ching Ting
Chan Shiu Chit

Li Pei-Ying
Peng Yu-Yun

Shimura Eriko
Ting Ik Peng Eben


Cellos

Kim Na Young
Li Bo-Han

Wong Hei Chit
Wu Tsung-Lin


Double Basses
Chan Ho Yan Grace
Chau Wai I
Murakami Jun 


 

Flutes
Aki Miyuki

Liu Yu-Chi


Oboes
Lu Ang

Chang Cheng-Li

Clarinets
Fukuoka Yuko
Wan Tze Chun

Bassoons

Cheung Ching Nam

Cadei Giulia

 

French Horns

Chan Wai Ling

Chang Hsiang-Chun

Trumpets
Tang Chien-En

Yu Long Ching

 

Tenor Trombones
Bombelli Nicolo

Chen Chih-Chen



Bass Trombone
Cornolti Lorenzo


Percussions
Arihara Yuka
Kil Min Woo
Luigi Piro