In July and August, Carlos Miguel Prieto embarks on a tour of South America with his YOA Orchestra of the Americas. Starting in Frutillar, Chile, on 21 July, the tour then calls at Rosario and Buenos Aires in Argentina, and São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Ilhabela in Brazil. They will perform programmes with a mix of core classical repertoire by Stravinsky, Ravel, Copland and more, alongside works by Mexican and South American composers including Ginastera and Jobim. Soloists including Gabriela Montero (piano), Gautier Capucon (cello), Blake Pouliot (violin), the Assad Brothers (guitar), Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (violin) and Ricardo Castro (piano) will join them throughout the tour. The tour sees the YOA’s return to several iconic South American halls: Teatro Colón in Argentina, Teatro del Lago in Chile, and Sala São Paulo. It also marks debuts at Ilhabela’s Theatro Vermelhos and São Paulo’s Auditório Ibirapuera, designed by the visionary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Prieto led the YOA as Principal Conductor from its inception in 2002 until 2011, when he was appointed Music Director.