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Macao Youth Symphony


Formed by university students, students from the local primary and secondary schools, the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) was founded in 1997 by a group of music teachers and former players from the Macau Chamber Orchestra. Since its inception, the orchestra has given more than hundred public performances and strives to keep its initial objectives: to provide orchestral training and performing opportunities for the local youth, exchange their experiences, cultivate and promote their interests, as well as the standard in music appreciation and performance, therefore giving opportunity to develop their musical talents. The musicians receive regular training from instructors from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2007, the MYSO toured Australia and Singapore. This initiative, without precedent in Macau, posed significant challenges to the young musicians; however, the orchestra was able to successfully complete the tour, obtaining enthusiastic applause from the audiences everywhere it performed. The music critic of the 4MBS Classic FM Radio (Queensland) thus described the concert in Brisbane: “On Friday 17 August [2007], a Brisbane audience was treated to a concert by the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra as part of its Australian tour. First, we were privy to the exuberant warm-up session of this truly youthful orchestra. (…) After much applause, [the orchestra] launched into a vibrant encore of symphonically treated Chinese musical forms. All of the musicians clearly enjoyed performing this spirited piece, and the pentatonic enthusiasm of the violins set the entire audience alight with delight.”

In 2008, under the baton of its Music Director, Mr. Veiga Jardim and Mr. Martin Schebesta from the Vienna Opera House, the orchestra was chosen to participate at the “8th World Choral Festival Vienna & Salzburg 2008”, becoming the first youth orchestra from China to perform with the Vienna Boys Choir at the Wiener Musikverein and the Salzburg Mozarteum.

In 2009, the orchestra completed its first China tour, successfully performing in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Donguan, Zhengzhou and Wuhan. 

In addition to its main objective of providing music education to the local youth, the orchestra prides itself on introducing many local talents to the audiences through two annual events: the orchestra’s “Anniversary Concert” and the “New Generation”. Presently, the orchestra has around 100 members who aim to perform to the highest standard and to enjoy themselves playing. The orchestra has a wide repertoire ranging from established classics to new commissions, such as Fountain of Lilau, a symphonic work composed especially for the Macau Youth Symphony by the Macau-born composer Lam Bun-ching. For 12 years, since Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony performed in the year of its inception in 1997, until the challenging Scottish Symphony, by Mendelssohn, performed in 2009 during the China tour, all the students have gained extensive and valuable musical knowledge and experience. Many have chosen to be musicians and presently are furthering their studies in the US and Europe. The MYSO, therefore, has fulfilled its commitment to serve a wider audience and its mission as a community active partner in educating the local youth.
Macao Youth Symphony