Art Alert: Pan-flautist Gheorghe Zamfir plays Umm Kalthoum at the Cairo Opera

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Feb 2018

The Romanian musician Zamfir is world famous for his renditions of traditional music as well as his own compositions

Zamfir's concert poster at the entry to the Cairo Opera House (Photo: Ahram Online)

The Romanian pan-flautist Gheorghe Zamfir will perform in a programme that will include songs by Egypt's late star Umm Kalthoum, on 1 March at the Cairo Opera House.

Zamfir, 76, is world famous for his renditions of traditional music performed on pan-flute.

His musical education began on the accordion, but he later changed instruments, playing an expanded version of the traditional Romanian pan-flute and earning the title Master of the Pan-Flute.

In 1966, he was appointed conductor of Romania's prestigious Ciocîrlia Orchestra, and in 1969 he launched his own band, releasing several original compositions, including Messe pour la Paix, which brought him international attention.

Zamfir's musical career has taken him to many countries, including Egypt. In 2009, he held a concert at the Cairo and Alexandria opera houses. In 2016, he was featured as a guest of honour during Richard Clayderman's concert in Cairo.

His most recent appearance in Egypt was in January 2018, when he performed a benefit concert in support of female cancer patients and their treatment. The event was wthin the Music Against Cancer campaign, arranged in association with the Breast-Gynecological International Cancer Society (BGICS)

He currently resides and teaches in the Romanian capital Bucharest.

Tickets for Zamfir's concert can be purchased at Tickets Marche. Their prices vary from 1100 EGP (USD 63) to 3500 EGP (USD 200).


Thursday, 1 March, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

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