“Amigos para Siempre”

Amigos para Siempre” –

Please note that that the “Andalusian Eveninghas been postponed by one week!

Dalila Belkhouche and Teodor Iliescu will now be performing together with Gulmira Abdulkhalikova on Thursday, 8th May at the Multaqa Social Club, UAEU. The Takht Sharqi ensemble will also be performing during this “Andalusian Evening“.

Moreover, traditional Algerian dress styles will be exhibited in a fashion show!

The event at the club’s auditorium, situated in the centre of Al Ain, starts at 7 pm. and admission is free. Don’t miss it!

More Grand Finale! Concert Photos!

More of Paolo Rossetti’s beautiful photos taken at the Grand Finale! 
on Friday, 29th November, are now available for viewing on AAMF‘s Flickr pages…


Here are 3 from the latest set…


Daniela Birladeanu


Denitsa Georgieva


Dan Turcanu (L) and Teodor Iliescu (R)

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:-        aamf2013regn@gmail.com
Don’t miss out!

Teodore Iliescu – the Bassoonist

Teodore Iliescu - the Bassoonist

Teodore Valentin Iliescu, a music instructor at the House of Arts will be playing the bassoon at the ‘Young Musicians Evening‘ on 22nd November and at
the ‘Grand Finale!‘ concert on 29th November.

Teodore started his music studies at the age of 7 in Romania at the George Enescu music school. At first, he started with piano; and then later he moved on to study bassoon. Teodore graduated with honours in bassoon, orchestral, and solo performance from the Birmingham City University Conservatoire in 2012.
Since his success in the International Music Competition “Remember Enescu“, Teodor has gone on to gain notable acclaim in a number of international competitions including the Ludlow Concerto Prize, Romanian National Bassoon Competition, George Georgescu International Music Competition.
He recently gained an academic scholarship at Stewart Melville College, Edinburgh, and he has taken on the role of 1st Bassoon in the Young Musicians International Symphonic Orchestra.
Teodor is currently involved in a variety of international artistic collaborations, including a leading role in the Romanian Progressive Contemporary Music Ensemble SeduCant. He also enjoys a continuing association with music theatre and has recently concluded a highly acclaimed run of Bernstein’s “West Side Story”, as well as performing historically informed music on baroque bassoon and baroque and renaissance singing.