Violinist Inori Sakai, a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, has been selected for the second-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. This summer, she'll get to participate in two-week intensive training and tour with the group to venues and festivals across the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Ozawa Hall for the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Ma., Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and more. The orchestra will work with conductor David Robertson and violinist Gil Shaham. Sounds like a sweet deal to me -- congratulations, Inori! More from PYSO below:
Violinist Inori Sakai, a resident of Penn Hills and a senior at The Ellis School, has been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of the USA after competing in national auditions. She is the only musician from western Pennsylvania in this year's National Youth Orchestra of over 100 musicians.
Inori was the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years and performed as a soloist with PYSO at Heinz Hall in 2012.