The Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra, founded in 2017 by conductor Dionysis Grammenos, consists of young Greek musicians from all over Greece as well as Greek musicians living abroad. Based on European standards, the GYSO is mainly aimed at the identification, guidance, education and promotion of talented young musicians in the symphonic and operatic repertoire under the guidance of internationally renowned soloists and principals of Greek and major European orchestras.
Participation of young musicians in GYSO's programmes is free of charge through the funding that GYSO secures. Alongside the Orchestra’s work, special attention is given to educational programmes for the youth audience as well as to the young audience’s accessibility to its concerts, as it wishes to pass on to the new generation the quality and values that this kind of music stands for. The GYSO aspires in this way to contribute to the creation of a music-loving flow and a musical platform for young musicians and the youth audience, thus enhancing the musical dialogue of the new generation.
During its two years of existence, more than 100 Greek musicians have been selected to participate with the orchestra, after auditions, and over 1,500 young people have attended its educational activities. Recently, the work of the GYSO has also been recognized by its selection as a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras. Among other things, this collaboration gives its musicians the opportunity to represent the orchestra abroad, partnering with the respective National Youth Orchestras of each country, within the framework of the MusXchange exchange program co-funded by the European Commission's Creative Europe Program.
The Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra operates with funding from the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, and through its collaboration with the National Opera of Greece, the GYSO is orchestra in residence at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center's premises.
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