Conductor Carlos Izcaray, working with professional orchestras and young musicians

Posted on: November 25, 2019

“Carlos Izcaray is an advocate for new music, conscious programming, and the education of young musicians,” writes Natalie Calma in Tuesday’s (11/19) Izcaray is music director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony (AYS). “Q: What sparked your desire to work with young musicians? Izcaray: During my formative years, I always gravitated toward mentors who excelled both as performers and educators. I found this to be very noble and inspiring. Q: Why is it important to integrate new music into the repertoire of a youth orchestra? Izcaray: Many of our [AYS] musicians will fill the ranks of top professional orchestras…. They will also record for motion pictures, video games, and other studio work. So no matter what path they might choose, or which job they land, the ability to perform new music is an important part of their training. Q: Is there any piece of advice regarding a career in the arts that you wish you had received? Izcaray: Learn languages. Master … the art of public speaking. Learn the business side of your art. Embrace technology. Study your field outside national boundaries…. Practice a lot, but also include life experiences.”

Posted November 25, 2019