Calgary Youth Orchestra from Canada – Biography 

The Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO), considered to be the flagship ensemble of the Mount Royal University Conservatory, is recognized as one of the finest youth orchestras in the country. CYO alumni can be found in such world-renowned ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as all major Canadian orchestras. 

CYO’s high artistic achievements have generated reviews such as: 

“Already with their first piece, the brilliantly played “Reformation-Symphony” by Mendelssohn, they had the audience captivated. Applause lasting for several minutes rewarded the young musicians”.
Markische Allgemeine, Jüterbog, Germany, 2014

“The Calgary Youth Orchestra of Canada created magical moments for music lovers… Under the direction of Edmond Agopian the young musicians transcended the music…”
Ouest Frnace, Caen, France, 2012 

“The connection between movements, the musical emphasis, the dynamic control of impeccable resolution, and the precise rhythmic beat, flavoured with a good dramatic tempo, made the music a pleasure… The music was played with such sincere enthusiasm that it generated a rush felt by all…”
La Opinion de Granada-Critica Granada, Spain, 2006 

Under its music director, Edmond Agopian, the CYO has also toured Spain , Portugal, Austria, the Czech Republic and New Zealand. 

The CYO was honoured to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Calgary in May 2005, and for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, at the Saddledome in 2009. 

The orchestra has commissioned works from a number of composers, most recently Canadian composers Michael van der Sloot, George Fenwick and Laurie Radford. The CYO has also presented the world premieres of works by Claude Debussy, completed and orchestrated by the renowned English musicologist Robert Orledge. 

The CYO has worked with such illustrious conductors as Roberto Minczuk, Mario Bernardi, Bramwell Tovey, Ivars Taurins, Jean Lamon, Andrés Cárdenes and Hans Graf, among others. 

CYO’s recording of music from Western movies titles The Thrill of the Western has received excellent reviews, including one from Rick Phillips, CBC Radio’s Sound Advice: “Imaginative interpretation… nicely pulled off… played to the fullest, with enthusiasm and energy…” 

Tentative program:

Mozart – Impressario Overture
Schubert – Rosamunde Overture
Bartok – Hungarian Peasant Dances
Beethoven – Prometheus Overture
Haydn – Menuetto and Allegro from Sympnony no. 99
Chopin – Waltz Op. 64 No. 2
Chopin – Prelude and Mazurka from Les Sylphides
Strauss – Csardas aus “Ritter Pasman”
Strauss – Éljen a Magyar!
Scott Ross-Molyneux (Canadian composer) – “a Grand Mosaic”