Domenica 7 agosto, ore 20.00 National Youth Orchestra of the USA
Direttore Daniel Harding
Alisa Weilerstein, violoncello

Belvedere di Villa Rufolo

Domenica 7 agosto
Belvedere di Villa Rufolo, ore 20.00
National Youth Orchestra of the USA
Direttore Daniel Harding
Alisa Weilerstein, violoncello
Musiche di Elgar, Mahler
Posto unico € 50


Edward Elgar
Concerto in mi minore per violoncello e orchestra, op.8


Gustav Mahler
Sinfonia n.5 in do diesis minore

Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career assisting Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which he made his professional debut in 1994. He went on to assist Claudio Abbado at the Berliner Philharmoniker
and made his debut with the orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival.
He is the Music and Artistic Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris from 2016 – 2019 and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 – 2017. He is honoured with the lifetime title of Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2018, Daniel was named Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival.
He is a regular visitor to the Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. In 2005 he opened the season at La Scala, Milan, conducting a new production of Idomeneo. He returned in 2007 for Salome, in 2008 for a double bill of Bluebeard’s Castle and Il Prigioniero, in 2011 for Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, for which he was awarded the prestigious Premio della Critica Musicale “Franco Abbiati”, in 2013 for Falstaff, and most recently in 2018 for Fierrabras. He also conducted Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival with the Wiener Philharmoniker; The Turn of the Screw and Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Die Zauberflöte at the Wiener Festwochen and Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien. Closely associated with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he has conducted new productions of Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, The Turn of the Screw, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin and Le nozze di Figaro.
His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Mahler Symphony No. 10 with the Wiener Philharmoniker, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra both received widespread critical acclaim. For Virgin/EMI he has recorded Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brahms’ Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra (winner of a Grammy Award for best opera recording), Don Giovanni and The Turn of the Screw (awarded the “Choc de l’Année 2002”, the “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros” and a Gramophone award) with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; works by Lutosławski with Solveig Kringelborn and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and works by Britten with Ian Bostridge and the Britten Sinfonia (awarded the “Choc de L’Annee 1998”). A regular collaborator with Harmonia Mundi, his latest recordings: ‘The Wagner Project’ with Matthias Goerne; and Mahler Symphony No. 9, recorded with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, were a huge critical success.
In 2002 Daniel was awarded the title Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and in 2017 nominated to the position Officier Arts et Lettres. In 2012, he was elected a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He is a qualified airline pilot.

Alisa Weilerstein is one of the foremost cellists of our time. Known for her consummate artistry, emotional investment, and rare interpretive depth, she was recognized with a MacArthur Fellowship in 2011. Today, her career is truly global in scope, taking her to the most prestigious international venues for solo recitals, chamber concerts, and concerto collaborations with preeminent conductors and orchestras worldwide. The New York Times called her “a throwback to an earlier age of classical performers: Not content merely to serve as a vessel for the composer’s wishes, she inhabits a piece fully and turns it to her own ends.” “Weilerstein’s cello is her id. She doesn’t give the impression that making music involves will at all. She and the cello seem simply to be one and the same,” agrees the Los Angeles Times. As The Telegraph put it, “Weilerstein is truly a phenomenon.”
Ms. Weilerstein recently premiered Joan Tower’s new cello concerto, A New Day, at the Colorado Music Festival. The work was co-commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom Weilerstein performed it last fall; and the National Symphony Orchestra, where she reprised it in May 2022. An ardent champion of contemporary music, she has also premiered and supported important new works by composers who include Pascal Dusapin, Osvaldo Golijov, and Matthias Pintscher.
An authority on J. S. Bach’s music for unaccompanied cello, in spring 2020, Ms. Weilerstein released a best-selling recording of his solo suites on the Pentatone label; streamed them in her innovative #36DaysOfBach project; and deconstructed his beloved Suite No. 1 in G Major in a video, which has been viewed more than two million times. Her discography includes chart-topping albums and the winner of BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Year. Other career milestones include a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at nine years old, Ms. Weilerstein is a staunch advocate for the T1D community. She lives with her husband, Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, and their two young children.

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the finest young musicians from across the country (ages 16–19) to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY), with faculty made up of principal players from top professional US orchestras, these remarkable teenagers perform at Carnegie Hall and embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as America’s dynamic music ambassadors.
As part of their travel schedule, NYO-USA musicians also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with local young musicians and experience the richness of other cultures.
Launched in the summer of 2013, NYO-USA performances have been praised for “exuding vitality and confidence” (The New York Times). Following annual concerts at Carnegie Hall, NYO-USA has toured in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and across the United States. The orchestra has been invited to perform at leading international festivals and on landmark stages around the world, including the BBC Proms in London; National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing; Concertgebouw in Amsterdam;
Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; Lotte Hall in Seoul; Sucre National Theater in Quito; and the Tanglewood festival, among many others. Most recently, in the summer of 2021, the orchestra gathered in person SUNY Purchase, marking the first time that most of the young musicians had been able to play in full ensembles since the start of the pandemic. In the nine years since the ensemble’s creation, NYO-USA has worked with incredible conductors and guest artists, including Sir Antonio Pappano, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Joyce DiDonato, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, and others. NPR has raved that “Carnegie Hall may have created the best music camp ever.”
In 2022, the orchestra tours Europe with conductor Daniel Harding and guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein, performing G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Elgar’s Cello Concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (August 2); Young Euro Classic festival in Berlin (August 5); and Lucerne Festival (August 10), where it makes its debut. Additional touring details will be announced later this spring NYO-USA is one of Carnegie Hall’s three acclaimed national youth orchestras, comprising NYO2 for outstanding classical musicians (ages 14–17) and NYO Jazz for the nation’s finest jazz instrumentalists (ages16–19).



Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

Global Ambassadors: Michael ByungJu Kim and Kyung Ah Park, Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Major funding has been provided by the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation, Ronald E. Blaylock and Petra Pope, Lorraine Buch Fund for Young Artists, Estate of Joan Eliasoph, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A.E. Charitable Foundation, Clive and Anya Gillinson, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Marc Haas Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, Melanie and Jean E. Salata, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc., and United Airlines, Airline Partner to the National Youth Ensembles.

Additional funding has been provided by the Alphadyne Foundation, Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation, IAC, Stella and Robert Jones, Martha and Robert Lipp, Lauren and Ezra Merkin, Beth and Joshua Nash, The Netherland-America Foundation, The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation, Linda Wachner, David S. Winter, and Judy Francis Zankel.

Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.