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Florence Youth Festival

Rehearsal at the Florence Youth Festival, 2006. Courtesy of the Florence Youth Festival

15 - 31 Jul 2009 (annual)
Telephone: +39 055 611299
Fax: +39 055 6123516
Address: Via G. D'Annunzio 12150135 Florence, Italy
Link: Florence Youth Festival Website
Open to all international youth chamber and symphony orchestras, the Florence Youth Festival has programmes ranging from baroque to contemporary music and gives participants the chance to receive professional advice and learn new concepts of interpretation.
Every year at the Florence Youth Festival, around 1300 young musicians from 15-20 participating orchestras perform three or four concerts each, with the chance to play alongside renowned soloists. Orchestras perform their first concert in the festival's main venue - the outstanding church-concert hall Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte (near Ponte Vecchio) before touring around Tuscany and other regions.

New in 2009 is the introduction of the Tuscan International Youth Orchestra (TIYO), a pre-festival project inviting young musicians to rehearse with guest conductors and tutors, followed by a concert tour of three days in the town of Cortona. The activity runs from 5 to 15 July and applications must be submitted by 1 April 2009. Please visit the Florence Youth Festival website for more information.
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