More About Penrith Youth Orchestra
In February 2018, history was made for young musicians in Western Sydney when 44 students came together in the inaugural workshops of Penrith Youth Orchestra (PYO).
The youth orchestra built on the highly successful Penrith Strings program which ran from 2015 to 2017, adding wind, brass and percussion sections.
Meet the Team
Dr Paul Terracini,
PYO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Paul is an Australian conductor, composer and arranger who now lives in the Blue Mountains after spending almost 20 years living and working in Europe. He was appointed Artistic Director of Penrith Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and is in constant demand as a guest conductor and instructor.
Previously, Paul held positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music; and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, with whom he performed throughout Europe, South America and Asia. He has also been guest professor and conductor at several conservatoriums in Europe and China. As a trumpet soloist, he has performed in Europe, the USA, England and Asia, as well as with the Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian and West Australian symphony orchestras. As well as that, as a conductor he has recorded ten CDs with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and conducted operas and orchestral concerts in Germany, Denmark and Italy.
Paul’s compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has composed widely for film and television.
PYO ACADEMY DIRECTOR
Aiko began her violin training at the age of three with the Suzuki Method and studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan. In 1994, she received a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York under Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. The following year, Aiko made her New York debut at the Carnegie Weil Recital Hall, receiving the highest critical acclaim, and in 1997 she performed for the International Refugee Fund attended by the Japanese Royal Family. In addition to that, she was the Coordinator of Strings at Newark School of the Arts in the USA until 1998.
Moreover, Aiko has been a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra since 1995, directed by Seiji Ozawa (she was a Concertmistress for ‘the Saito Kinen Festival gig’ in 2014). She has held annual solo recitals in Sydney and at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra since 2000 and in 2006 gave recitals in Tokyo for the Australia-Japan Year of Exchange.
A member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) since 1998, Aiko is passionate about teaching and sharing her love of music with young musicians and in 2012 she established the ACO Academy, held in July each year. As well as that, she is a mentor for the ACO Emerging Artist Program and ACO Collective.