The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is one of the world's preeminent symphony orchestras and has been a Cultural Ambassador for the EU for more than forty years. Described by the UK Guardian as having "gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and ... a technical prowess that is downright terrifying", and by EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as "the best possible ambassador for the European Union", the EUYO has worked with many of the world's greatest musicians including Founding Music Director Claudio Abbado, former Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy, Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. Recent awards include the European Orchestra Award in Dresden, and Cultural Diplomat of the Year Award at the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit. Recent tours have taken the Orchestra to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the UK, Brazil, China, UAE, Oman and Uruguay, with future invitations to Canada and Cuba. The Orchestra's legal seat is in Italy and the EUYO is resident orchestra at its summer home and principal venue partner Grafenegg in Lower Austria. The EUYO is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, and by the (currently 28) Member States of the European Union.
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