The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (TCYOV) was formed in 2007 by maestro José Antonio Abreu as one of the new promises of the System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. Its current music director, prostate Maestro Christian Vásquez, is one of the young and talented Venezuelan conductors educated at El Sistema.
The TCYOV consists of 168 musicians with ages ranging from 16 to 25 years. They are succeeding two generations of musicians who have put their trust in a social and artistic project that has been in existence for 37 years. They made up the third generation of Venezuelan musicians educated at El Sistema that follows the example of musical excellence and international success set by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
This orchestra has been guest conducted by internationally renowned maestros such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sung Kwak, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Eugene Kohn, Rebecca Miller, Ligia Amadio, and Nikolaj Znaider. Venezuelan maestros Gustavo Dudamel, Diego Matheuz, César Iván Lara, Rafael Payare, Domingo García, Joshua Dos Santos and Dietrich Paredes have guest conducted the TCYOV, as well as other experienced Venezuelan conductors such as Eduardo Marturet, Carlos Riazuelo, Pablo Castellanos, and choral conductor María Guinand.
The orchestra has been praised by musicians of considerable stature such as violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman; violoncellist Yo-Yo Ma; singers Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni and Juan Diego Flórez; and the famous composer Krysztof Penderecki, as well as by the Chicago symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and the New England Conservatory of Music, among others.
Many talented soloists have performed with the orchestra. Gabriela Montero, flute player Sandrine Tilly, double bassist Edicson Ruiz, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the Önder Duo, and Dj Switch are among them.
In 2009 the TCYOV performed live via satellite from Caracas, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, at the 2009 TED Prize Award Ceremony. That same year the orchestra joined Plácido Domingo in a concert in Venezuela led by maestro Eugene Kohn, and accompanied French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in his debut concert in Venezuela.
In July 2009 the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra gave an open-air concert before a large audience, during the celebrations of the 442nd anniversary of the city of Caracas. In August of the same year, the orchestra gave another big, open-air concert under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the very heart of La Vega, a densely populated area of Caracas.
By the end of 2010 the orchestra embarked on its first tour of Europe that included performances in Bonn (at the Beethoven Festival), Berlin (under the baton of maestro Simon Rattle), Vienna, Amsterdam, Madrid and London.
In May 2012, under the baton of Dietrich Paredes and Andrés Rivas, the orchestra gave two emotional concerts in Potugal (Lisbon and Oporto), which were followed by an appearance at the Oslo Konserthus in Norway, under Dietrich Paredes. Both orchestra and conductors were highly praised by critics and audience alike. In the last quarter of 2012, The TCYOV toured Europe appearing in Vaduz (Liechtenstein), Hamburg, Toulouse and Stavanger.
In 2013 they made their debut at the Salzburg Festival as part of the El Sistema residency in Salzburg.