NZSO National Youth Orchestra

Te Tira Pūoro Rangatahi

Tomorrow’s performers today 

We are committed to developing New Zealand’s young orchestral musicians through the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.

Formed in 1959, the National Youth Orchestra has played a vital role in providing unique opportunities for the country’s most gifted young orchestral performers. Performers have the opportunity to learn from and perform with leading conductors, artists and musicians of the NZSO. Many have gone on to forge successful careers as orchestral players, soloists, chamber musicians and teachers.


Tianyi Lu Conductor
Shan Liu Piano

Jessie Leov 2024 Composer-in-Residence Work
Khachaturian Piano Concerto
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5


Fri 05 Jul, 6.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre

Palmerston North
Sat 06 Jul, 7.30pm
Regent on Broadway

NZSO Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor Gemma New.

The brilliance and passion of our young musicians gives a burst of energy and inspiration to audiences around New Zealand, as we tour the next generation of artistic talent.

The NYO consists of young musicians under the age of 25 who meet annually to rehearse and perform a large symphonic repertoire in Wellington over the course of a week.

The musicians are selected by taped audition, and for many, this is the one occasion each year when they get to work with a full orchestra and professional conductors and soloists. 

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The 2024 NZSO National Youth Orchestra

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NZSO NYO Composer-in-Residence

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Become a Member

Redeem two complimentary NYO tickets with an NZSO Membership

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