Middle East Classical Music Academy to Feature Daily Lunchtime Concerts

Academy Lunchtime Concerts to Provide Students with Chance to Perform Alongside Top International Orchestras

The Middle East Classical Music Academy is already making headlines due to its comprehensive schedule of lectures and masterclasses, as well as the quality of the professors who shall be leading them, but now it has just been revealed that the Academy shall also incorporate a feature that is not usually common during music education events – a series of daily concerts with the participation of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra, and a host of international soloists and conductors. 

These concerts shall be taking place at the famed MusicHall in Dubai’s illustrious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, and will see conductors Felix Korobov (Russia), Giuseppe Bruno (Italy), Valid Ağayev (Azerbaijan), Aleksei Niaga (Russia), Mikhail Kirchhoff (Russia), Conrad Van Alphen (Netherlands/South Africa), Arkady Feldman (Russia), Ilya Norstein (Russia), and Oliver Weder (Germany) leading the two orchestras in performances of some of the most beloved works from the classical music canon.

More significantly, however, the concerts shall also be providing select Academy students with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the feeling of performing live on stage alongside two of the top international orchestras active today, since a number of the most accomplished members of the Academy cohort shall be invited to take to the stage on almost every day of the MECMA’s run. 

This endeavour shall allow students to share the spotlight with renowned soloists like violinists Haik Kazazyan (Armenia), Sergei Dogadin (Russia), Graf Mourja (Hungary/Russia), Andrey Baranov (Russia), and Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (Russia), flautists Maxim Rubtsov (Russia), and Jasmine Choi (Korea/Austria), duduk player Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (Armenia), clarinettist Sergey Eletskiy (Russia), accordionist Friedrich Lips (Russia), pianist Costanza Principe (Italy), violist David Aaron Carpenter (USA), and cellist Alexander Ramm (Russia).

A number of young prodigies shall also be delivering concerts as part of the EUFSC’s Young Classical Music Stars programme, with Academy members also being given the chance to perform alongside them as well in an experience that is sure to inspire all the music students that will be lucky and talented enough to be chosen. Pianists Elisey Mysin (Russia), Zahar Vnutskih (Russia), Ivan Bessonov (Russia), and Ivaylo Vassilev (Bulgaria), alongside violinists Sofia Leifer (Denmark), and Leia Zhu (UK/China) shall be the soloists for this year’s edition of the programme. 

The Middle East Classical Music Academy is being organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture in collaboration with SAMIT Event Group and will run from the 4th to the 23rd of September. Applications for the Academy are currently open and can be accessed from the official website here.


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