Art Alert: Cairo Opera House Quartet to perform Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

Ahram Online, Wednesday 9 Jan 2013

Cairo Opera House Quartet will perform works of the two great composers on two consecutive evenings, Monday 14 January in Cairo and Tuesday 15 January in Alexandria

Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

The Cairo Opera House Quartet will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 4 in C minor and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 11 on next Monday.

The Quartet was founded in 1991 by Osman El-Mahdy, who is also the ensemble's first violin.

El-Mahdy studied violin in Alexandria and then Cairo Conservatoires and chamber music at Geneva Conservatoire. He was a member of the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the Orchestre de Chambre du Jura (1985 - 1989), then Cairo Symphony Orchestra from (1989 - 1993), and finally Concertmaster of the Cairo Opera Orchestra from (1994 - 2005).

He performed with numerous ensembles in Egypt as well as in Russia, Syria, the Emirates, Japan, France, and Switzerland. El-Mahdy was a professor of violin and chamber music at the Cairo Conservatory until 2005. From 1993 onwards, he has been a professor of violin at the Talent Development Center of Cairo Opera House, where he teaches Suzuki method.

The Cairo Opera House Quartet also includes Yasser Ghoneim on violin, Oleg Oneshchag on viola and Mohamed Salah on cello.

Monday 14 January, 8pm
Cairo Opera House small hall, Zamalek, Cairo.

Tuesday 15 January, 8pm
Sayed Darwish Theatre (Alexandria Opera House), 22 El-Horreya Rd, El-Raml station, Alexandria

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