Photo: Renatas Neverbickas

American Youth Symphony has announced the appointment of Carlos Izcaray as their new Music director; only the third conductor to hold that title in the organisation’s 52-year history. “We are extremely fortunate to have Carlos Izcaray become our new Music Director.  AYS musicians and audiences will greatly benefit from his artistry, enthusiasm, and experience. We all look forward to the future of this exciting partnership”, says Kevin Dretzka, Chairman of the Board of AYS.


Supporting the next generation of musicians by partnering with the world’s top talents and leading music education institutions has always been at the forefront of Carlos’ work as a conductor, and he has previously collaborated with El Sistema in his native Venezuela, the Cambridge University Music Society, the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Currently based in Birmingham, Alabama, as Music Director of Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Carlos believes this appointment is the start of a great relationship and looks forward to travelling to LA on a regular basis. He says of his appointment “I’m incredibly honoured and excited to become the next Music Director of the American Youth Symphony, an ensemble with a deep history and a bright future in the great city of Los Angeles. AYS is without a doubt one of a handful of elite training orchestras in the United States, hence I cherish the opportunity to contribute in the development of the next generation of top professional musicians.”


Heralded by KUSC’s Jim Svejda as “the finest youth symphony on earth,” the mission of AYS is to inspire the future of classical music. The orchestra provides paid fellowships to 100 musicians ages 15-27 who represent extraordinary talent from all over the world; and presents concerts for free as a gift to the community.


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