QATAR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs and promotes Western and Arabic music in order to inspire the people of Qatar and the Arab world to create and enjoy music. The orchestra was founded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 2007. The ensemble of 96 musicians was chosen by a jury of international music professionals through auditions held in European and Arab countries. The Philharmonic held its inaugural concert on 30 October 2008, conducted by Lorin Maazel.
While the Philharmonic sows the seeds of symphonic music in the Arab region, it is a platform for music from all over the world. World premieres have included Marcel Khalifé’s Symphony of Return, Jean-Charles Gandrille’s Violin Concerto, Abdalla El-Masri’s Oud Concerto, Rami Khalifé’s Chaos for piano and orchestra, and Requiem and Houtaf Khoury’s Angel of Light piano concerto. It is an integral part of the Philharmonic’s work to host new and established composers, soloists, and conductors from the Arab world.
For more information, visit www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.
Photo: Peter Bekker