Egyptian oboist Wessam Amin [R] and Finnish musicians: Laura Virtanen, and pianist Marko Hilpo. (Photo: courtesy of Wessam Amin)
A trio consisting of Egyptian oboist Wessam Amin and Finnish musicians Laura Virtanen (violinist and concert master of the European Union Chamber Orchestra) and Marko Hilpo (pianist) concluded their tour of Finland where they performed in Helsinki, Ikaalinen, Tampere, Turku and Myrskylä in the first two weeks of January.
Further reflecting on the culture of both countries, the musicians performed works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) and Egyptian composer and violinist Attia Sharara (1922-2014).
Other works performed included compositions by Handel, Vivaldi, Ravel and Saint-Saëns.
As part of the cultural exchange between Egypt and Finland, trio will also perform in Egypt in March at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria) and the American University in Cairo.
Wessam Amin is an oboist of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Cairo Conservatory where he graduated before completing his studies in Germany. He often performs solo at a variety of concerts in Egypt and internatonally.
Amin's participation in the programme came afer the European Union Delegation to Egypt chose him following a concert performance organised by EU in Cairo in 2015.
The long history of cultural exchange between Finland and Egypt includes numerous musical projects. The Egyptian-Finnish Musical Bridge, the brainchild of famous Finnish pianist and conductor, Ralf Gothóni, takes place annually in Egypt. The Bridge includes a variety of workshops with Finnish professors and concerts combining musicians from both countries.
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