Former LA Phil concertmaster starts youth orchestra

Posted on: October 15, 2015

“The Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, a new ensemble formed by Alexander Treger, a former UCLA violin professor, will perform its inaugural concert in Royce Hall on Sunday,” reports Shreya Aiyar in Friday’s (10/9) Daily Bruin (student newspaper at the University of California-Los Angeles). A former Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster who had spent 17 years as music director of the American Youth Symphony, Treger “said he created the orchestra to impart his skills and knowledge to a handpicked selection of musicians aged 15 to 26 looking to pursue professional careers in music performance. Treger said conducting the ensemble brings his career as a UCLA violin professor and a professional violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic back full circle.… Treger expects his musicians to channel the emotion within the score by challenging them with difficult pieces. The orchestra will play Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor.… The magnitude and scope of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’ expose younger musicians career-bound for orchestral performance to the expectations of professional playing, said Henry Shin, associate conductor of the orchestra and a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at UCLA.”

Posted October 15, 2015