European Union Youth Orchestra

Founded in the United Kingdom in 1976, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) brings together the best young musical talent in the European Union. Auditions are held annually in each of the EU member countries in order to select 140 young musicians between the ages of 14 and 24.

The orchestra offers selected candidates the chance to work with the best music teachers, as well as giving them the opportunity to play in major concert halls around the world with the most renowned conductors and soloists.

In the past, the orchestra was conducted by Claudio Abbado (1976-1994) and Bernard Haitink (1994-2000) and since 2000 the maestro has been Vladimir Ashkenazy.

So far, Portugal’s annual financial contribution has been provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) and the Ministry of Culture.

By continuing to contribute to the EUYO’s activities, Camões, I.P. guarantees support in partnership with the MNE.