Animal Welfare Benefit Concert this Thursday, 25th September

Animal Welfare Al Ain- 25 September 2014

Early on Thursday evening, prior to the start of the Sounding Boards‘ gig on 25th , there’s going to be a small benefit concert at the Hilton Hotel, Al Ain. This event is sponsored by the House of Arts.
This concert will be in the hotel’s pleasant Palm Court. Tickets cost AED.50 and the proceeds will go to the Animal Welfare Al Ain, (AWA)…
Call 03 7067006 for more information.

The Grand Finale! Concert Provided a Fitting Climax to AAMF 2013

Last night’s “Grand Finale!” concert provided a fitting climax to the Al Ain Music Festival 2013.

The large audience enjoyed some excellent performances during the wide-ranging programme of classical works, some by revered masters, such as Franz Schubert and Antonio Vivaldi – and other compositions by emerging talents – Dan Turcanu and Jackie Small, who were both present in the Sheikh Khalifa Auditorium.
The first half of the programme reached its crescendo with the concluding Paganini Variations for two Pianos‘ performed stirringly by Pavlina Rangelova and Denitsa Georgieva.

During the second half we witnessed the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra, which was formed only 6 months ago, growing in stature…



and here in this photo, taken during the first half of the Programme, Vivaldi’s “Quel passagier son io” is performed by tenor, Teodor V. Iliescu; with Dan Turcanu, Daniela Birladeanu and Pavlina Rangelova on guitars.


The Climax of the AAMF 2013 Approaches!

Young Musicians performing

So far this festival has witnessed four super events…

On the Opening Night there were 3 splendid sets by the bands, not to mention DJ Bad Tempo’s grooves…

then there was the Classical Evening -with the excellent Chopin recital with performances by 5 of the country’s top pianists; and the engaging classical Arabic songs performed by the great Takht Sharqi Ensemble;

next there were no fewer than 85 performers – with 5 choirs – at the memorable Choral Evening;

and last Friday, the the talents of the fine ‘Young Musicians’ were on display at the Brighton College Al Ain with the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and ‘House of Arts’ instructors providing them with the necessary support.

Can the “Grand Finale!” top these events and provide us with a resounding climax to the AAMF 2013?

 Take a look at the Concert Programme below and you will see that all the ingredients are in place for a wonderful evening of classical music. Get along to the Sheikh Khalifa Auditorium, UAEU College of Medicine and Health Sciences, this Friday at  7pm.
 Don’t miss  the last event of this remarkable music festival!

Al Ain Chamber Orchestra Supports the Young Musicians at Brighton College Al Ain

Al Ain Chamber Orchestra Supports the Young Musicians

The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra supported the fine young musicians performing
at the “Young Musicians’ Evening” at the Brighton College Al Ain last Friday night.

Come along and support this ensemble -your new local orchestra – at the Grand Finale!” concert this Friday, 29th November, at the Sheikh Khalifa Auditorium, UAEU, near the Tawam Hospital, Al Ain.

The talented music instructors from the ‘House of Arts  will also be performing solos and duets on a range of instruments, including the bassoon, for example.

“The Grand Finale!” promises to be a lively, varied and entertaining programme of classical music!

The doors open at 6:45 pm. for this free classical music concert, the climax of the Al Ain Music Festival 2013. Seats can still be reserved for free via:-
Don’t miss out!

Daniela Birladeanu and Guitar

Daniela Birladeanu

Daniela Birladeanu (photo) will be performing on guitar for us at the “Grand Finale!” concert on Friday, 29th November at the Sheikh Khalkifa Auditorium, which is on the campus of the UAEU’s College of Medicine and Health Services.

Daniela attained her bachelor degree in the “Ioan Voda” High School, Cahul, Moldova in 2002 and later graduated from the Music and Art Academy, Chisinau, Moldova in 2007.
Her teaching experience started back in 2002, though, working as a guitar teacher and music teacher for special needs children.
She is delighted to be working in the House of Arts, where she has been a Guitar, Piano and Music Theory teacher since September 2009.
Don’t miss her performance on Friday, 29th November.
Doors open at 6:45 pm.

Denitsa Georgieva and Pavlina Rangelova

Denitsa Georgieva and Pavlina Rangelova

Denitsa Georgieva ( L – in photo) and Pavlina Rangelova (R- in photo ) will be performing for us at the Grand Finale! on Friday, 29th November at the Sheikh Khalifa Auditorium, Tawam Compound, Al Ain.
Denitsa started to play piano at the age of 5 years old.  In 2003 she would graduate in The National School of Arts in Ruse, Bulgaria with opera singing and piano performance degrees. She continued her music education at The State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she also had her first teaching experience and graduated in 2008 with a Master Degree in Piano Performance.
During this period she performed in many concerts, master classes, won many piano competitions and made recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio.
Denitsa has been working at the House of Arts for 4 years now, and she performs in many concerts and workshops in the UAE.

Pavlina Rangelova also started her musical journey 5 years old. She began having her piano lessons in Varna, Bulgaria.
Pavlina gained her bachelor and master degrees in music at the State Academy of Music “Pantcho Vladigerov” Sofia, Bulgaria, under the tuition of Prof. Atanas Kurtev. During her education period she has also studied music pedagogy and piano at the High School of Music in Detmold, Germany from 2005 to 2007.
Pavlina has been a full time piano and music theory teacher at the House of Arts since January 2010. She teaches students of all ages (from 4 to 94) and different levels.

We look forward hearing them perform together at the concert which will provide the climax to this musical extravaganza!

The Five Pianists Performing Chopin

We are delighted that five of the UAE’s leading concert pianists have accepted our invitation to perform works by Frederic Chopin for us on Wednesday, 13th November.

These five highly talented and experienced performers all have very impressive resumes.

Dr Ioannis Potamousis 

ImageIoannis Potamousis’ performances have taken him to important international venues in Europe and the Middle East as well as across North America.  He has played at the Athens Concert Hall, the international summer festival and, on his recent Middle Eastern tour, to concert halls in Palestine, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Dubai appearance included collaboration with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Dubai.

Currently he is the head of keyboard studies and music events at Brighton College Abu Dhabi as well as the Director of the Young Artists Concerto Competition of UAENSO.

His website is:-

Katarina Peers

ImageIn 2010, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, the UAE Ministry of Culture, and the Embassy of Poland in Abu Dhabi, on the occasion of the celebration of the Bicentenary of Chopin’s birth, she organised and directed the 1st UAE International Chopin Competition for piano students. In March 2010 she cooperated with Kuwait Chamber Philharmonia organising the 1st Gulf International Chopin Competition (February-March 2010). She was also a juror in both these competitions.

In June 2010 Katarina was awarded the Polish Honorary Medal for Merit to Polish Culture, conferred by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland for her continuous work in promotion of Polish classical music in the UAE. We hope that Katarina will be providing us with some background information about the life of Chopin as a composer, as well as performing his works.

Dr Jordan Rashkov

ImageDr. Rashkov is a frequent guest at prestigious music festivals across central Europe and in the USA. His performances have been recorded and broadcast by the Austrian Television company ORF, ZDF-Germany, RAI-Italy, Bulgarian and Slovenian National televisions, and the PBS in the USA, and also by the largest non-profit station for classical music in America- KUSC.

As a soloist Dr. Rashkov has collaborated with the Stuttgart Symphony and the Hoffer Symphony orchestras in Germany; the Burbank and USC Symphony orchestras in the USA; the Hugo Wolf Festival and Young Symphony orchestras in Austria; and the Lago di Garda Festival orchestra in Italy among others. As a chamber musician Dr. Rashkov has collaborated with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, Hagen Quartet, Members of Metropolitan Opera in New York and members of the Volks Opera in Vienna.

In 2006 Dr.Rashkov performed in the Hollywood production, “Ivory”, along with Golden Globe and Academy Award winning artist Martin Landau.

Yana Welch

ImageYana Welch is an experienced pianist who is equally skilful in solo repertoire and as an accompanist to all instruments, including Arabic national instruments such as the Oud.  She is constantly expanding her repertoire.  She has enjoyed significant success as a teacher with her students regularly winning international competitions.

Yana has extensive teaching experience and is currently working as a piano teacher and accompanist at the renowned music department of Brighton College, Abu Dhabi.  She has also worked previously at the International Music Institute in Abu Dhabi.  Her gift for teaching children was honed while working with the Tashkent Conservatoire in Uzbekistan.  During this time Yana was able to explore different aspects of music making by participating in chamber music groups, taking the role of concert master for the string department and as a pianist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan and the Orchestra of Bolshoi Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

and Gulmira Abdulkhalikova

ImageGulmira trained at the Moscow State Conservatoire and has performed solo recitals in cities around the world. For a number of years she was a teacher at the Almaty National State Conservatoire and at the Special State Music School for Gifted Children in Almaty before relocating to Riyadh in 2008. During her time in Riyadh she founded a children’s choir and a chamber ensemble.  Currently, however, she is a key figure in the local Al Ain music scene.

Gulmira performs with the newly-formed Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and is the accompanist for the Al Ain Choral Society. Recently Gulmira became a music teacher at the House of Arts.

All five will be performing in the auditorium of the Multaqa Social Club, UAEU, on 13th November. The doors open at 6:45 pm.

Don’t miss out!

Classical Evening- Wed 13 November -Multaqa Social Club UAEU

Classical Evening on 13 November - Multaqa Social Club UAEU

Takht Sharqi will provide the opening performance in the UAEU’s centrally located Multaqa Social Club’s auditorium.

And, after the performance of classical Oriental works on traditional instruments; the five virtuoso pianists will play a selection of works by Chopin. That’s an exceptional combination of musical forms!

Don’t miss it!

Takht Sharqi – The Oriental Classical Ensemble

Takht Sharqi are our opening performers on Wednesday, 13th NovemberThey will be performing a range of songs from their Oriental classical repertoire.


Introducing the members of Takht Sharqi :Image

HASAN WAHBI PhD. in computer engineering

His main instrument is the Qanun, and he also plays the lute, and the violin. Hasan founded Takht Shaqri here in  Al Ain in 2009.


DIYA SAFADI    Diploma in music teaching

Diya’s main instrument is the lute. He also plays the violin and the piano   He was a member of union of artists and musicians in Suwida, Syria in 2007. Before that, in 2005, he was a Music teacher for children and adults. Then, in 2009 he became the Music Advisor for Takht Shaqri.


FERAS WAHBI       Bsc. in civil engineering

As can be seen, his main instrument is the lute. Feras also plays guitar, and percussion. He has been a member of Takht Shaqri since 2009.


 NASER   AKOWAN    Diploma in music teaching

Naser’s main instrument is violin   and he also plays the lute. From 2008 Naser was a Music teacher in Al Ain schools.  He joined Takht Shaqri in 2011.


 ISSA LOUISEH    Bsc. in petroleum engineering

Issa is the percussionist. As well as the Tabla, tambourine, drums , he also plays Keyboards.

In 1997 Issa co-foundedof Al Baath university music ensemble in Hims, Syria   In 2003 he was a Member of the Dohat Al Mimas club for music and arts in Hims, Syria.    And, since 2010, he has been a member of Takht Shaqri.


FADI LAYON   Diploma in music teaching

Takht Sharqi’s Lead solo singer, Fadi also plays Keyboards and the lute.

And, finally,

Dana Obeied of Takht Sharqi

DANA OBIED         Bsc. in Social Consulting

In 2003 Dana was a member of the chorus in Suwida, Syria.

She joined Takht Shaqri in 2010.