Seven Emirati Pianists’ “Year of Zayed” concert on Friday, 11th May

No fewer than seven Emirati pianists will be performing a concert later this week as part of the “Year of Zayed” celebrations.

For more details of this concert, which is to be held in the Royal Ballroom of the ‘0ne&Only Royal Mirage Hotel’ in Dubai from 8-10 pm on Friday, 11th May, go to:-

Al Ain Choral Society Christmas Concert on Tuesday, 12th Dec.

The popular Al Ain Choral Society Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, 12th December at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club’s Grandstand venue. This grandstand building is located very close to the Golf Club. The door opens at 6 pm. and the concert starts at 7 pm..Al Ain Choral Society

The concert tickets are priced at AED. 80 for adults and AED. 40 for children under 12 years old. The ticket price includes a light finger buffet and a programme of seasonal music. Tickets are available from members of the Al Ain Choral Society, or email .

This concert has its own Facebook events page:-

Another AAMF – the 5th – is over!

The fifth edition of the Al Ain Music Festival -in its new format-concluded successfully last Friday, 24th November.

Young Hands & Voices concert 24 Nov. 2017 10aEarly that evening, the “Young Hands & Voices” concert enthralled a large audience at the Al Ain Academy. Our congratulations go to Yaremi Ledesma Alvarez,   (on left in this photo),   for all her efforts in organising this fine event.

Chronicles of Khan at the Luce on 24 Nov 2017Later in the evening, at the nearby Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel, The Chronicles of Khan made their Al Ain debut performance in the Luce Restaurant. We thank Khan and his band (photo) for playing a splendid set for us.

And, indeed, our thanks go out to all the performers and organisers of all seven events of the Al Ain Music Festival 2017 for presenting and producing another very varied, highly enjoyable and successful community-based music festival across the oases of Al Ain!

Final AAMF 2017 Update

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After last Friday’s very enjoyable and well-attended “All About the Jazz!” concert at the Rotana Hotel’s Zest Garden, the Al Ain Music Festival 2017 concludes at the Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel’s Luce Restaurant this Friday, 24th November.

The Chronicles of Khan rock band will be performing ‘unplugged’ in the Danat Hotel’s Luce Italian Restaurant from 8 pm. . However, as the Luce Italian Restaurant isn’t a very large venue, we recommend that fans of rock music should take their places earlier tomorrow evening.

This will be The Chronicles of Khan debut performance in Al Ain, after their recent performances at many large festivals in their home city of Dubai, and elsewhere within the region. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to hear them play live in Al Ain!

Earlier, from 6 pm. on Friday evening, about one hundred talented young musicians from a dozen local schools will be performing at the AAMF’s “Young Hands and Voices concert at the Al Ain Academy‘s auditorium in Al Sarooj District. This is the second edition of this concert, which builds upon a successful beginning at Al Qattara Arts Centre last November.

This concert’s organiser, Yaremi Ledesma Alvarez, has informed us that all of the auditorium’s seats, which had been available for this concert, have now been reserved. So, it’s going to be a very full house!

AAMF squiggleFinally, if you have any photos and/or video clips of AAMF events which you would like to share with us, please feel free to post them to us via Facebook Messenger or by emailing us at:- .

Emirates Peace Virtuoso Competition – 9th to 11th Feb. 2018

Special announcement – EMIRATES PEACE VIRTUOSO COMPETITION, 9th to 11th February 2018

For young performers on all kinds of instruments- (piano, all kinds of strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, Vocal and Arabian instruments)- this competition will be held on 9th and 10th February, 2018. And, there will be a Prize Winners’ concert on 11th February, 2018 at the Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

piano and violinWelcome to the Emirates Peace Virtuoso Competition, organized by the National Conservatory Dubai (NCD) and the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), with Director and Conductor Mr. Riad Kudsi!

This annual competition is a prelude to the 14th Emirates International Peace Music Festival (For Young Virtuosi), which is scheduled to take place in the last week of March 2018.

Competition details: General Rules & Eligibility • Open to all locals and residents of the UAE, GCC and Arab Countries and all other nationalities in the world • Eligible musicians must be between 5 and 20 years of age • Competitors must perform ALL pieces by heart (notes will not be allowed) • Competition results are not subject to change once they have been announced. • Participants are to compete at a level which best reflects their music grade and ability.   • Violin, Viola & Cello competitors may qualify to play in the orchestra with EYSO at the Prize Winners’ Concert. • The Competition participants are eligible to sign up for the Master Classes in Piano, Violin, and Viola, (please see details below).

*The deadline date for competition registration and the fee payment is 15th December, 2017.

Jury Members: Head of Jury, Mr. Riad Kudsi, Director of National Conservatory Dubai • Respected members of the UAE music community in Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi • Professors and instructors from the Premiere Music College of Prague (PMCP).

Acknowledgements, Prizes & Gifts: The Grand Prize winner will perform in the Winners’ Concert and in 14th Emirates Peace Music Festival. • Selected Prize recipients will perform a solo at the Prize Winners’ Concert • Special trophies for Grand prize, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners • Gifts and/or certificates will be given to ALL participants • Grand Prize recipient receives a Scholarship to attend the Summer Course in Prague (value EUR. 1500).

Fees: The competition fee will be 450 Dirhams, to be paid upon submission of the application before 15 December 2017. • Whoever needs piano accompaniment will be charged 300 Dirhams (one Rehearsal and Performance) • All fees are non-refundable.

Key Dates in February 2018 along with the Dubai Venues:-

Feb. 5th – 8th, 2-7 pm: Master classes at the National Conservatory Dubai, Reuters Building.

Feb. 9th, 1 – 6 pm Round 1 of the Competition at Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Feb 10th, 9-2 pm: Round 2 of the Competition at Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Feb. 11th, 10 am: Awards Ceremony & Media City Press Conference at CNN Building Lobby.

Feb. 11th, 7 pm: Prize Winners’ Concert at the Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Master Classes: –

In conjunction with the competition, we are offering Master Classes which will be taught by guest professors from our European affiliate, the Premiere Music College of Prague (PMCP). Besides being very experienced teachers, they are superb performers, and will be joining EYSO and Prize recipients at the Prize Winners’ Concert.

The Master Classes will be held from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th February, 2018 between 2 pm and 7 pm.. (A detailed schedule will be sent via email). The venue is the National Conservatory Dubai, Dubai Media City – Reuters Building, 6th floor.

Fees: Private Master Classes -AED 225 per session (30 minutes each). Multiple sessions may be booked, (maximum 3 per student). Small Group Theory Master Classes • AED 600 for six lessons (30 minutes each) • The six lessons will be completed in 3 days (double lesson daily per level) • Group will be divided into smaller groups based on current Theory Grade level • Topics include Music Theory, Hearing Aural and Melodic and Rhythm Dictation for all the levels. Spaces can only be confirmed once all fees are paid in full (by 15 Dec 2017).

For more information, or to register your interest, contact Mr. Riad Kudsi, Conductor/Director Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO).
Mobile: +971506335270  Email:

AAMF ‘Garden City Classics’ concert clips from La Dolce Vita!


In this clip, soloist Jennifer Eastwood is accompanied on piano by Stephen Aston

 Our thanks go to Omar of La Dolce Vita for making these video clips available.

La Dolce Vita will be the venue for the AAMF’s “Acoustic Vibes!” concert on Thursday, 16th November. Admission is free of charge again. The doors open from 5:30 pm. for a 7 pm start. Don’t miss it!