Press Area



"A youthful triumph of orchestral perfection”

Oman Observer 2019

«Magnifique», «sublime»

Le Figaro, 2018

“possibly the best youth orchestra in the world”

The Guardian, 2018

“startlingly talented”

The Observer, 2018

“simply great. Gushes with youthful vigor”

Gazeta Prawna, 2018

“the cream of Europe’s talent

London Times, 2018

“they dazzled us … unleashing almost unbearable passions”

UK Guardian, 2018

"An orchestra whose homogeneity, whose harmony, whose feelings should inspire politicians everywhere"

Adevarul, 2018

"The talent, the infusion of youth and joy of performing - the young musicians raised the hall of the Romanian Athenaeum"

Adevarul, 2018

“It is hard to imagine a better performance of Sibelius”

La Repubblica 2017  


La Nueva España 2017

"The performance of the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Petrenko culminates in a dance that unites nations” 

La Repubblica 2017 

“the European Youth Orchestra is in fact the best possible ambassador for the European Union”

Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commission President, 2016

"The highly influential EUYO"

The Observer 2016

 "Among the Elite Institutions of its kind" 

The New York Times 2012

"EUYO performed [Mahler’s] First Symphony under its new Chief Conductor [Vasily Petrenko] with truly titanic verve"

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2016

"It was a delight to witness something that the EU has got so wonderfully right: the European Union Youth Orchestra".

Bachtrack, Bolzano, 2016 

"Here is the energy of EUYO, held in the pianissimos, explosive in the crescendos. The desks of strings have a rare beauty of sound: the unity of technique and bow strokes give the Mahlerian accent that is basically the hardest thing to capture. Petrenko governs the Orchestra perfectly, with the understanding of a director he captures the energy as in a mutual love affair."

L', 2016

"gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring ... a technical prowess that is downright terrifying."

The Guardian, UK, 2015

"So chock-full of musical life that one is almost exhausted just looking at them…the EUYO has a virtuosity that enables its members to essay a diverse and challenging repertoire."

The Times, London, 2015

"The European Youth Orchestra is truly the crème de la crème around Europe, their standard is phenomenal." 

Scottish Herald Young Critics, 2015

"Their sound had remarkable character, strength and beauty. ... If more concerts were performed with as much dedication and passion, maybe the audience for serious music would be growing again. The EUYO is special." 

Chicago Tribune, 2012

"The European Union Youth Orchestra need fear no competition." 

Washington Post, 2012

"It is astonishing how high the standard of the European Union Youth Orchestra is." 

Volkskrant, 24 August 2010, Amsterdam

"The EUYO played with such vitality and brilliance that they certainly turned heads." 

Berliner Zeitung, 24 August 2010, Berlin

"A sensational concert... The hall thundered with the audience's appreciation ... I have never heard [Janaček's Taras Bulba] played better." 

Niederösterreichische Nachrichten Krems/Kamptal, 2010, Grafenegg 

"Simply magnificent."

L'Eco di Bergamo, 11 April 2010, Bergamo

Reviews & Links

2018 Reviews

A list of images of 2018 reviews so far is available here.

2017 Reviews

A list of images of all 2017 reviews including 2017 Summer Tour Spirit of the North are available here


"It is hard to imagine a better performance of Sibelius" - La Repubblica, 2017

"Spectacular" - La Nueva España, 2017

"The performance of the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Petrenko culminates in a dance that unites nations" - La Repubblica, 2017

Summer 2016 Tour

A list of hyperlinks to our summer press coverage can be downloaded here. PDFs with images of these reviews are available here (all venues apart from Berlin) and here (Berlin).


"For the opening of the festival EUYO performed [Mahler’s] First Symphony under its new Chief Conductor with truly titanic verve." - Neue Züricher Zeitung, September 10, 2016

"Petrenko led them through a wonderfully colourful performance, characterised by lots of imaginative changes in tempo and dynamics, they poured it all out like someone recounting an exciting story." -

"Poi, Mahler: la Prima Sinfonia. Eccola l'energia della Euyo, trattenuta nei pianissimi, esplosiva nei crescendo. Le file degli archi hanno un suono di rara bellezza: tecnica e insieme dei colpi d'arco restituiscono quella pronuncia mahleriana che in fondo è la cosa più difficile da ottenere. Petrenko governa l'orchestra perfettamente, nell'intesa col direttore si coglie l'energia di un innamoramento reciproco. E a vent'anni non si può che essere innamorati." -

Summer 2015 Tour 

"EUYO Noseda at Edinburgh festival review – extraordinary energy and technical prowess" - The Guardian, UK

"European Union Youth Orchestra at Usher Hall, Edinburgh" - The Times, UK (subscription only)

"Young Euro Classic: A music festival in Berlin opposing war and nationalism" -

Performances 2014-15

To download a selection of clippings and videos from our work during 2014 and 2015, please click here

For all Press enquiries, please contact EUYO at Telephone: +44 7471 992975

Downloadable documents

Recent tour brochures can be downloaded below.


Summer Brochure 2019

Summer Brochure 2019

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High resolution photographs

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VIDEOS: please see our Archive