Launch of MYOF - 3rd June 1997

The Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation was launched at the KL Hilton on June 3 1997. The purpose of the foundation is to encourage and cultivate the musically gifted youths of Malaysia through a variety of exciting and innovative programs.

At the launch, Mr. Mirzan Mahathir reiterated that the formation of the foundation is an initiative in response to the social ills facing Malaysian youth. “We believe that music is a medium which exerts a powerful influence on human behaviors throughout the ages. Participation in an orchestra and music classes fosters a sense of purpose, self-respect, teamwork and focuses the mind and body to produce a work of art and beauty,” he says.

As its kick-off initiative, MYOF organized and hosted the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) Rehearsal Camp 1997 (June 8-29, 1997). The rehearsals culminated in a Gala Dinner and Performance on June 29, 1997 with world-class cellist, Yo Yo Ma appearing as a special guest performer. Last year, the AYO was blessed with five Malaysian talents, out of their 102-orchestra members who were all chosen from highly rigorous auditions.