Violinist Aisha Syed to perform in celebration of 63 years of Egyptian-Dominican relations

Amr Yehia , Monday 19 Jun 2023

Renowned Dominican violinist Aisha Syed Castro will perform at the Cairo Opera House during the celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Egypt and the Dominican Republic.



The concert will take place on 25 June, with Syed being accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra under the baton of maestro Ahmed Farag.

The music segment will feature Syed playing Vivaldi Four Seasons, as well as works by Rafael Solano, the Dominican pianist and composer. 

Andy Rodriguez Duran, the chargé d’affaires of the mission at the embassy of the Dominican Republic in Egypt, revealed that the event will be the first cultural event held by the embassy in Cairo.

He added that “the celebrations and the concert aim to reinforce the efforts of President Luis Abenader and Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez in supporting the public diplomacy strategy aimed at strengthening the country’s presence and prestige.”

The concert will highlight “the values ​​and culture of the Dominican people, and revitalizing diplomatic and commercial relations with Egypt, Africa and the Middle East," he concluded.

The celebration comes shortly after Alvarez and Felipe Vicini, CEO of Inesia, signed, in the capital, Santo Domingo, a memorandum of understanding to promote the country's culture and historical heritage at the international level through the Dominican diplomatic service.

Aisha Syed

Aisha Syed Castro (known as Aisha Syed) was born in Santiago (northern Dominican Republic) in 1989. At the age of 13, she became the first Latin American student accepted into a school for gifted young people.

As she developed her talent, she soon began to be described as a young "virtuoso" by an international media, which also referred to her as "a wonderfully gifted artist."

Syed holds a BA with distinction from the Royal College of Music in London, where she was awarded a full scholarship from the Soirée d'Or of the British Kingdom. She also received another full scholarship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Syed has won numerous awards including five Premio soberano Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 as Best Classical Artist Abroad; the Latin Pride National Award 2009 in Boston, USA; the Game Changer Award by the Keep Walking worldwide campaign in 2014 and many others.

She was made an honourary cultural goodwill ambassador by the Dominican Republic.

In 2014, she became the youngest ever honourary professor of the Arts Faculty at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.

In her rich career, Syed is known to have played on the best violins ever created including an extraordinary Long Pattern 1690 Stradivarius and an Antonius Pelizon violin, both kindly provided by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins of London and New York. 

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