Music director prefers to play violin with youth orchestra

Music director prefers to play violin with youth orchestra


norman lebrecht

November 22, 2021

Liverpool’s newly installed music director Domingo Hindoyan is trying to reach all levels of the music community.

This weekend he swapped baton for violin and played with a mixed ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, its Youth Orchestra and Youth Academy Orchestra.




  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    I love this.

  • drummerman says:

    Very nice to read this!

    • sam bork says:

      Reminds e of the old joke;
      If an orchestral player, a violinist or an oboist can’t do his job, they give him 2 sticks, “play the drums”. If he can’t do even one, they give him ONE stick, “Lead the orchestra”. This is playing in reverse.

  • BRUCEB says:

    Great idea. It would be good if more conductors could step into orchestras (their own or some other) and be reminded what it’s like to have to follow a conductor – not to mention follow their section leader, fit in with their section, and do all the things they expect their musicians to do. (Not to mention playing the notes – I almost forgot about that small detail)

  • DG says:

    That’s great!

    He also happens to be married to superstar soprano Sonya Yoncheva.

  • John Ramster says:

    Fabulous. Love it.

  • Nick Schleppend says:

    Making the youth orchestra conductor very nervous….

  • Sandra says:

    He also conducted the LPYO/RLPO for the closing finale. I heard him practising in his dressing room before the rehearsals – he took it very seriously! Such an inspiration and genuinely lovely guy. The young musicians took lots of selfies and instrument cases were autographed. Great way to celebrate the youth orchestra’s 70th season.

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  • Jonathan says:

    The music director of Metropolitan youth symphony in Portland, OR that likes to play chamber music with his fellow young musicians. I think that is one of the best ways to engage with youths and to inspire them! I feel that More MDs of youth orchestras need to this!

  • El Cid says:

    It is rude not to mention that Maestro Hindoyen is musically trained and from Venezuela

  • John Borstlap says:

    Very sympathetic and professional. Dedicated to the music on all levels.