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.


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. 



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



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


Chan Ching Ting
Chan Shiu Chit

Li Pei-Ying
Peng Yu-Yun

Shimura Eriko
Ting Ik Peng Eben


Kim Na Young
Li Bo-Han

Wong Hei Chit
Wu Tsung-Lin

Double Basses
Chan Ho Yan Grace
Chau Wai I
Murakami Jun 


Aki Miyuki

Liu Yu-Chi

Lu Ang

Chang Cheng-Li

Fukuoka Yuko
Wan Tze Chun


Cheung Ching Nam

Cadei Giulia


French Horns

Chan Wai Ling

Chang Hsiang-Chun

Tang Chien-En

Yu Long Ching


Tenor Trombones
Bombelli Nicolo

Chen Chih-Chen

Bass Trombone
Cornolti Lorenzo

Arihara Yuka
Kil Min Woo
Luigi Piro