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Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

The GMJO was founded by Claudio Abbado in Vienna in 1986 and is today regarded as the world’s leading youth orchestra. It was awarded by the European Cultural Foundation in 2007, and it is under the patronage of the Council of Europe.
The GMJO became the first international youth orchestra to hold open auditions in countries of the former Eastern Bloc. In 1992, the GMJO opened up to musicians aged up to 26 from all over Europe. At the annual auditions that take place all over Europe, a jury consisting of professional orchestra musicians – who are also responsible for the preparation of the orchestra for its tours – selects among more than 2000 applicants. The GMJO tour repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary music.
Its high artistic level and international success have prompted many leading musicians to perform with the GMJO, amongst them conductors from Claudio Abbado to Franz Welser-Möst and soloists from Martha Argerich to Frank Peter Zimmermann. The GMJO is a regular guest at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals of the world: Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, Semperoper Dresden, and Lucerne Festival. Numerous former members are today members of leading European orchestras, many of them in principal positions. In 2012, an intensive partnership with the Staatskapelle Dresden was established. Also in 2012, the GMJO was appointed Ambassador UNICEF Austria.


Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
Tlf.: +43 1 512 98 33
Secretary General: Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli
Head of Office: Sebastian Strohal