From 15th August to 26th September, an extraordinary musical event featuring 37 soloists, eight orchestras and twelve conductors from all over the world, will be held in Dubai, UAE. This distinguished project is led by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC), with the collaboration of SAMIT Event Group. InClassica 2021 promises to bring classical music to new audiences, and to give this prestigious art form a new platform in today’s cultural landscape.
The festival will take place at two of Dubai’s most prolific venues: the Coca-Cola Arena and Dubai Opera. The first was officially opened in 2019, hosting different kinds of events including concerts, sport, family entertainment and other ceremonies. It represents one of the most advanced arenas in the world from a technological point of view, which is a factor that makes this location so suited to hosting outstanding projects such as this one. The Dubai Opera hosts opera concerts, ballet, conferences and exhibitions, and was officially opened in 2016 with a memorable performance by Spanish opera singer and conductor, Placido Domingo.
In addition to this outstanding festival, the EUFSC and SAMIT will also bring to Dubai two hotly anticipated events: the Classic Piano International Competition, starting 15th August and finishing 3rd September, and the Middle East Classical Music Academy (MECMA). Classic Piano will feature the winners of fourteen preliminary competitions from around the world, who will compete in Dubai across four rounds in a display of pianistic excellence. The Middle East Classical Music Academy, taking place in parallel with InClassica from 4th to 23rd September, welcomes some of the most esteemed professors and performers from across the globe, for a series of workshops, lectures and open masterclasses for piano, violin, cello, clarinet and flute.
Soloists billed to appear at InClassica include:
- Recipient of the Beethoven-Ring by the German society “Bürger für Beethoven”, pianist Kit Armstrong (USA);
- Winner of the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition and one of the most prominent artists of his generation, pianist Denis Matsuev (Russia);
- Grammy Award, twice Gramophone Classical Music Award, Classic Brit Award and five times Edison Classical Music Award winner, violinist Maxim Vengerov (Monaco);
- ECHO Klassik Award winner, Gold Medal of Salzburg and Vienna recipient, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder (Austria);
- Exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, 2016 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition Winner and “Young Artist of the Year 2017” award recipient at the Festival of Nations, virtuoso violinist Daniel Lozakovich (Sweden);
- Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year winner, Critics’ Choice at the Classic BRITS awards and CBE recipient, cellist Steven Isserlis (UK);
- ECHO Klassik Award winner, Gold Medal of Salzburg and Vienna recipient, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder (Russia);
- Emmy, ECHO Klassik and Orphee d’or award winner, opera soprano Danielle de Niese (USA/Australia);
- First prize-winner of the prestigious London International Piano Competition and Decca Classics recording artist, pianist Behzod Abduraimov (Uzbekistan);
- (Konstantin Ishkhanov, President of European Foundation for Support of Culture)
“After such a challenging period for so many artists and classical music lovers, I am proud to announce the InClassica International Music Festival in Dubai, featuring some of the most prestigious soloists, orchestras and conductors in the world. Visitors are guaranteed a unique cultural experience, and brings together talent, fame and passion in a celebration of arts and culture. We are proud to be able to organise an event of this magnitude, and look forward to welcoming our valued audiences to Dubai.” — Konstantin Ishkhanov, President of the EUFSC.
Orchestras scheduled to appear include the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra (Russia) and Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany).
The orchestras will perform under the baton of twelve celebrated conductors, including: Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the ASSO, Principal Conductor of the MPO Sergey Smbatyan (Armenia); Honored Art Worker of Russia and member of the Union of Composers of Russia, Arkady Feldman (Russia); Grammy nominated conductor and cellist, Dmitry Yablonsky (USA/Israel/Spain); Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava, Daniel Raiskin (Russia/Netherlands) and Founder and Music Director of the St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra, Marius Stravinsky (UK), to name a few.
In regards to the works featured, in addition to the repertoire by prominent classical European composers, InClassica will feature music by contemporary composer Alexey Shor, who will serve as Composer-in-Residence for the event. His pieces have been performed by some of the most acclaimed soloists from all over the world, including violinists Salvatore Accardo and Andrey Baranov, cellist Gautier Capuçon, pianist Freddy Kempf and many others, and by prominent orchestras including the Malta Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Brandenburg State Orchestra.
InClassica promises to bring to Dubai an ambitious programme of classical music, and represents a stunning new opportunity for the genre in the Middle East. This edition of the festival is something not to miss, with visitors and audiences able to enjoy the opportunity to attend concerts performed by living legends, in the unique and impressive surroundings of Dubai.