The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is the brainchild of Zuhal Sultan, a young pianist from Baghdad who founded the orchestra when she was just 17 years old.  The orchestra convened in Iraq for the first time in 2009 for a two-week intensive course, culminating in a gala concert on Sunday, August 16th at the Arts Palace in the northern Kurdish city of Suleimaniya.

NYOI is overseen by the artistic team of Zuhal Sultan (Founder & Artistic Director) & Paul MacAlindin (Music Director)

NYOI is again reconvening in Iraq this September and Greenside Productions has been invited to assist with the production of a live recording of the concert on the 15th September in the Northern city of Erbil. In order to do this, Greenside Productions is looking for sponsors to assist with funding flights and subsistence for the duration of the project. Please contact Mark Edwards +61 408 601107 (AEST) or for further details.


  • 1/08/2011 Cam Matheson offers to make the trip to Iraq in order to collect documentary footage.
  • 2/08/2011  Pozible crowdfunding project page launched at – please visit and pledge as much support as you can.

Background information on NYOI