Jeunesses Musicales Uruguay, created in 1952, is celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2007. One of its fundamental commitments was to build a strong JM movement in Latin America by unifying the member sections based the continent. For this purpose, a Latin American Consultative Commission was created with a head office in Montevideo, Uruguay.
This initiative provided the opportunity to develop a continental activity consisting of:
Latin American meetings; the creation of the Latin American Orchestra of JM in Uruguay (1985), under the baton of Maestro Isaak Karabtchewsky (Brazil), and in Colombia (1990) under the baton of Pedro Ignacio Calderón (Argentina); organizing a gathering of the World Orchestra of Jeunesses in Uruguay (1989) conducted by Maestro Charles Dutoit, and followed by a tour of Argentina; and the hosting of the World Youth Choir in Uruguay (1994), conducted by Robert Sund (Sweden) followed by a tour in Argentina.
Further projects include the realization of the Latin American piano, composition and guitar competitions; organization of the International Week of Young Performers; international exchanges of musicians within the JMI network for Latin American and international musicians; participation at the General Assemblies of JMI; creation of the JM Chamber Opera, JM Chamber Ballet, JM Chamber Orchestra, JM Wind Quintet and JM Chamber Choir; annual auditions for opportunities to play in the diverse Cycles taking place in the main theatres of Montevideo and all over the country; organization of narrative concert cycles for children and youth; Imagine Festivals across the country; and celebrations surrounding the International Music Days.
It is important to underline that since its creation, JM Uruguay broadcasts a weekly program on Classic Radio of the SODRE, with musical commentary by Prof. Miguel Garibaldi, and providing information on the international activities of JMI, and broadcasting recordings of the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales as well as the concerts of JM Uruguay.
"55 years at the service of young musicians - 55 years at the service of Music". This slogan summarizes the efforts made by JM Uruguay since its establishment, thanks to the first initiatives of such renowned personalities as Prof. Lauro Ayestarán, Hugo Balzo and Héctor Tosar.
JM Uruguay is proud to underline that a whole generation of young musicians, internationally renowned today, have come through the doors of JM Uruguay. In recognition of these achievements, JM Uruguay was granted with the Morosoli Prize 95 of the Uruguayan Culture.