Through Gustavo Dudamel's Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) program – inspired by Venezuela's revolutionary El Sistema – the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, enabling every child to contribute using their full potential.
Please go to http://www.laphil.com/yola for more information on YOLA and LA Phil educational programs.
Percussionist Nicholas Stoup performs regularly with some of the world’s major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Comunidad Valenciana, and the Fort Worth Symphony. He has worked with many of today’s great conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel and Pierre Boulez, and was principal percussionist/timpanist with the Orquesta Comunidad Valenciana from 2004-2011, working with conductors Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel.
DENIS JIRON is a native (Los) Angeleno. He attended the famous Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and continued on to receive his BM from California State University, Northridge and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts under James Miller (Associate Principal Trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). He also studied at Staatliche Musikhochschule für Musik Trossingen, Germany under Abbie Conant and later at the Hochschule in Mannheim, Germany.