Art Alert: Beethoven Night with renowned pianist Ramzi Yassa in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Monday 21 Mar 2016

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Hisham Gabr


On Saturday 26 March, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra (BACO) conducted by Hisham Gabr will dedicate its concert to Beethoven.

The evening, dubbed 'Beethoven Night,' will include Coriolan Overture Op. 62, Concerto for Piano no.3 in C minor Op. 37 and Symphony No.2 in D major Op. 36.

The soloist of the evening is internationally renowned Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa.  

Yassa pursued his formal education at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and received an honorary certificate at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition.

Though he relocated to Paris in the 1970s, where he teaches at École Normale, Yassa continues to return to Egypt periodically for performances with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, other ensembles or solo recitals.

He is a jury member in numerous international piano competitions and gives courses in various locations around the globe.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2002 with the beginning of the Bibliotheca Alexandria Arts Centre's activities.

For many years, the orchestra consisted of 16 Egyptian string players.

Over the past year, the orchestra expanded with permanent wind and percussion players joining the ensemble, allowing it to perform a much wider repertoire.

In its history, the orchestra has been conducted by many Egyptians and has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed soloists. 

The orchestra will be conducted by its principal conductor and artistic director Hisham Gabr, who since 2014 has been the director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Centre. 

A contracted conductor at the Cairo Opera House, Gabr regularly works with the Cairo Symphony and the Cairo Opera orchestras.

His international commitments include concerts with state orchestras in Mexico, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Oman, Germany, Italy, Poland and Macedonia, among others.

Saturday 26 March, 7pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina Great Hall, Chatby, Alexandria 

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