Afghan Youth Orchestra (AYO)

ANIM’s premier ensemble is the first orchestra to be founded in Afghanistan in 30 years. Founded by emeritus professor William Harvey, who also arranged its repertoire from 2010 to 2014, AYO combines Afghan and Western instruments in a unique sound, with a repertoire of Afghan and Western Classical compositions. The AYO has performed throughout Kabul, including over half a dozen times for President Hamid Karzai, for members of the Afghan cabinet and parliament, and for the ambassadors of numerous countries including the USA, Germany, Russia, Finland, and Estonia. AYO famously toured the USA in February 2013; played at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, in February 2014; and performed on the season finale of Afghan Star, the popular nationally televised singing contest, in 2012 and 2013.