Emirati composer dazzles Abu Dhabi Festival audience

Sat 17-03-2018 09:50 AM

ABU DHABI, 17th March, 2018 (WAM) — Ihab Darwish debuted his first complete orchestral work, ‘Waves of my Life: Every Real Story Begins with a Note’, with a world premiere performance at Abu Dhabi Festival 2018.

Bringing together classical and contemporary influences, the Emirati composer makes soaring music whose bold cinematic vibrancy arrests audiences. The concert marks his debut in his home country. The work was performed by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, including some of Europe’s most promising musical talents, and the Polish Radio Choir, as well as special guest, Sami Clark.


Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival said, “Abu Dhabi Festival is a celebration of the very best of international art. It also serves as a platform to further the creativity of the United Arab Emirates and the wider Arab world. Our engagement with Ihab Darwish has been an extraordinary journey and we are delighted to have supported him as he realises this profound and ambitious creative vision.”

“It feels appropriate that his world premiere took place during the Festival, we consider this a milestone moment in ADMAF’s mission and vision to nurture the UAE’s rich cultural landscape. Ihab’s nuanced reflections on his cultural heritage and personal history are a beautiful tribute to the nation. His exceptional creative execution demonstrates the power that lies in determination and dedication to one’s own cultural experiences, as well as the ability of music to engage diverse audiences with new ideas,” she added.

Robert Rostek, Ambassador of Poland to the UAE, said that the Abu Dhabi Festival is a well-established landmark in the cultural landscape of the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf for years now.

Commenting on the musical collaboration between Darwish and the Polish Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the Ambassador added, “Such a cooperation between Emirati and Polish artists and performers is cultural diplomacy par excellence – using music as a bridge between two nations and two cultures.”

WAM/Nour Salman

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