Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Now in its third season, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has become an established feature in the cultural and educational fabric of Boston and beyond. This summer, the BPYO will embark on its second European tour in 3 years, with 8 concerts to be held in Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

The BPYO’s inaugural 2012-13 season culminated in a 5-city concert tour of the Netherlands, featuring a performance of Mahler Symphony No 2 in the world-renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouw. They received five-star reviews in national papers, collaborated with an orchestra of 600 12-year-olds, and were featured in the International Koorbiënnale Haarlem.  The Orchestra went on to make its Carnegie Hall debut in December 2013, with the New York Times noting that its members “play with a maturity and cohesion well beyond their years.”

Benjamin Zander, originally from England, started his career as a cellist and studied composition under his father’s guidance. Benjamin Britten took an interest in young Zander’s development and invited the family to spend several summers with him in Aldeburgh. Zander left school at fifteen, moving to Florence to study with Gaspar Cassadó, before completing his cello studies in Cologne. In 1964, he went to London University, where he won a fellowship for post-graduate work at Harvard. Boston has been his home ever since.

There, as a conductor of the Boston Philharmonic since its formation in 1978, and a guest conductor of numerous orchestras, he has become the centre of an intense, at times almost cult-like following.

Zander will be giving a presentation on Leadership at the UN in Montreux on 26 May and and he will be available for interviews 27 - 29 May. In Zander's new model of leadership, the conductor sees his job as awakening possibility in others. The orchestra is a group of highly trained individuals poised to coalesce into an effective whole. Passion, creativity and the desire to contribute are basic human instincts to be released.

Natalia Gutman is one of the world’s most esteemed musicians, often referred to by audiences and critics alike as the “Queen of the Cello.” Her prestige is reflected in the many awards she holds, including the “Bundesverdienstkreuz” of Germany in 2005, the Shostakovich Prize in 2002 and 2013, Fellow of the Royal College of Music London in 2010, and the Premio Internazionale’s “Le Muse” Award in 2014.

Jonah Park Ellsworth is twenty years old and started playing the cello at the age of five.  He studies with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory and has won first prize in concerto competitions with the Boston Symphony, the New England Conservatory and the Pro Arte chamber orchestra.