Nicola Killean describes the vision of Sistema Scotland to tackle deep rooted inequality and foster hope by providing the opportunity for whole communities to engage with music.

Elsje Kibler-Vermaas introduces the work of the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), particularly in disadvantaged communities in LA.

Young musicians Aaron Soriano from YOLA and Symone Hutchison in Scotland described the joys and challenges of being part of a youth orchestra.

Aaron Soriano

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, USA
Special Performances

Aaron Soriano is a fourteen year old violinist based in Los Angeles who has been attending YOLA at HOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at Home Of Los Angeles) for nine years. He was the first and youngest member of the HOLA Youth Orchestra and has been concertmaster of the orchestra for three years. He is currently the concertmaster for the HOLA Symphony Orchestra.

During his last year at Palms Middle School he was the concertmaster for the advanced orchestra and has since been awarded scholarships from the LA Phil to attend summer camps.

Currently, he is studying with LA Phil musician Ms. Dale Breidenthal. He and his sister Abigail perform violin and viola duets and have formed the Soriano Strings Duo. He will be a freshman this year, and will attend the Science Academy in North Hollywood. Aaron’s goal is to inspire people to develop their love and talent for music.