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Youth Symphony Orchestra


THE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (YSO) is one of the Young Musician Centre (YMC), Istana Budaya and the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Arts Nurturing Programme. The Youth Symphony Orchestra activities begin in 1983 under the Young Musician Centre. Formerly it was known as the Young Symphony Orchestra under the Ministry of Culture, Youths and Sports. Currently, the Youth Symphony Orchestra consists of 60 teenagers with Mayya Musaeva as the conductor. Mayya Musaeva is also the Concert Master for the National Symphony Orchestra.

The establishment of the Youth Symphony Orchestra started from the Young Musician Programme under the Ministry of Culture, Youths and Sports in 1977. The aim was to give opportunity for teenagers in the Klang valley who were interested to learn music to get proper education in music especially to those interested in the orchestra musical instruments. It was also a preparation in preparing for a national standard symphony orchestra. As a result, the Young Symphony Orchestra led by Abdul Fatah Karim was launched officially in 1983 by the 8th DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong at the Angkasapuri Main Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur. It has also become the foundation of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Next, the continuation of the program under the Ministry of Heritage, Arts and Tourism has led to the birth of the second Young Symphony Orchestra directed by a young talented conductor, Nasran Nawi. The orchestra members were made up of 70 musicians aged 6 to 25 years old and all of their musical activities were held at the National Cultural Complex, Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

In 1998, the orchestra was officially launched by the 10th DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong at the National Cultural Complex’s Experimental Theatre in Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. The Youth Symphony Orchestra activities are still going on at the Istana Budaya, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur under the Arts Nurturing programme. The program is directed by the National Symphony Orchestra’s Concert Master, Mayya Musaeva.


To provide educational and training opportunities for teenagers interested in Orchestra music.

To improves the discipline and self confidence of the young musicians to perform orchestra and to make it as a motivation to excel in music.

Individuals aged 6 years and above


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