The National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela (NCOV) is one of the top orchestras of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. It was established in 1995 by maestro José Antonio Abreu for the purpose of giving access to children from all social classes to music education.
The NCOV is made up of a selection of El Sistema’s best students in school age (up to 15 years) from all over Venezuela. Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and Alejandro Carreño, help first violin with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, sale cialis are former members of the NCOV.
Established in 1995, it made its international debut that same year with performances at Kennedy Center in Washington and the United Nations headquarters in New York.
In 1996, the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela appeared at the Amazon Theatre in Manaus and the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of States and Government in Chile. The next year, the orchestra played in Mexico —at the Palace of Fine Arts—, Rio de Janeiro, Brazilia and Sao Paulo.
In 1998, the NCOV gave a concert at UNESCO headquarters and were named UNESCO Artists for Peace. This was followed by a tour of Italy that included appearances at the Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Verdi in Florence, the Anagni Cathedral in Fiuggi, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Clementine Chapel in Vatican City.
In 1999 the NCOV participated in the Fiuggi-Anagni festivals, the Taormina Arts Festival and Montevago Festival.
In 2000, at the invitation of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, the NCOV gave concerts at prestigious venues in Hannover, Düsseldorf, Heilbronn, Munich, Munster, Magdebur, and Berlin at the Berliner Philharmonie. That season closed with performances in Jamaica, at the National Theater of Kingston; and in Brazil, at the Itamary Palace and the Pernambuco Convention Center.
In 2001, the orchestra played at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, the Lincoln Memorial and, again, at the United Nations Headquarters. The following year, the NCOV toured Italy once more. The Teatro Degli Arcimboldi in Milan, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Teatro Comunale in Fiuggi, the Teatro Verdi in Florence, and the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco were the venues for the concerts. That year, the NCOV also appeared in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig and Munich.
In 2010, the orchestra held auditions for new members: children in school age from El Sistema’s nationwide núcleos were selected to join the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela.
The debut took place on July 4, 2010, at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the new National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela played Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
The new generation of young musicians that makes up the NCOV (82 girls and 127 boys) were featured at the 2013 Salzburg Festival, as part of the residency of El Sistema.