Experience the unique gala concert to celebrate the well achieved 25th anniversary of the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra together with star violinist Elli Choi!
Elli Choi a already seasoned performer at the young age of only seventeen, is quickly establishing herself as one the most talented violinists of her generation. She has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East and has collaborated with well know orchestras at esteemed venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the David H. Koch Theater, Carnegie Hall, the Mann Music Center,The Stradivari Society in Chicago, Dvorak Hall, Tonhalle in Zurich, Berliner Philharmonie, just to name a few. Elli was born in 2001, San Diego, California and is studying at the Juilliard Pre-College since 2009 at the age of seven. Elli was the youngest finalist at the Montreal Violin Competition 2019 and the youngest participant at the 16th Tchaikovsky Competition 2019 in Moscow. In April 2018 Elli has replaced David Garret, to perform 2 concerts in Interlaken Classic Festival, Switzerland. Elli plays a legendary Matteo Goffriller violin from1698, Venice, Italy.
Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) is a unique group of young musicians in the UAE and the Arab world at large, devoted to cultivating the musical talent of youngsters, by creating a cultural and artistic environment for young talents, for young & adult audiences.
EYSO was the first of its kind in the UAE, established in 1994, made up of only 12 of his students. By 1998, membership increased to nearly 50 musicians of more than 30 nationalities living in UAE who played a major role in the development of the musical culture in Dubai through many of the concerts performed. – Since 2000, the Orchestra has been invited to perform at International Youth Music Festivals and events, proudly representing the UAE Classical Music scene. – Through the years, more than 500 violinists have joined the EYSO and the National Conservatory under the tutorage of Mr. Kudsi. Several members continued their higher musical education in advanced music universities abroad and have become world-renowned musicians.
Riad Kudsi – A Czech National of Syrian origin, began learning the violin from his father at the age of seven. He then joined the National Conservatory of Aleppo, Syria to become one of its most promising violinists; thus, he was nominated for a full scholarship to continue his music studies in Prague, where he finished his Masters of Arts degree with distinction in 1979. He performed violin recitals, played as a soloist in many International orchestras in a number of European and Arab capitals. Since moving to the UAE in 1986, Mr. Kudsi has been contributing towards the development of the musical culture through teaching, practical training through his Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) established in 1994, and through organizing cultural and charitable concerts and classical music festivals.
1- G. Bizet: Carmen prelude for Symphony Orchestra
2- J. S. Bach: Concerto in E Major for Violin and String Orchestra
All three movements: 1. Allegro 2. Adagio 3. allegro assai
3- Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia Duet for Violin & Viola and String Orchestra (Orchestra arr. by R. Kudsi)
4- J. Massenet: Meditation from Thais For Solo Violin, Piano & Strings
– Interval –
5- Dia Succari: Berceuse for Violin and Piano – Dedicated to Syrian Children in the camps.
6- W. Ernst: Der Erkonig for Solo Violin
7- Anghelus Dinicu: Hora Martisorului for Violin & String Orchestra
8- W. A. Mozart: Concerto No. 5 in A Major for Violin and Chamber Orchestra
All three movements: 1. Allegro aperto 2. Agagio 3. Rondeau:Tempo di Menuetto
Violin Soloist: Elli Choi
Viola Solo: Eljin Yoo
Piano: Young Eun Choi
Piano: Tan Caner
Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Riad Kudsi
This exceptional concert will take place in the magical ‘Royal Ballroom’ of the One & Only Royal Mirage.
The magical Royal Ballroom with its great acoustics provides the frame to the concerts and creates a bespoke atmosphere for music connoisseurs to enjoy world performers in an elegant setting ideal to socialize before, at the interval and after the event. Special food packages can be booked and are prepared of the marvelous Chefs of the One and Only Royal Mirage
Our aim is to contribute to the cultural dialog and to enlarge the diversity of Dubai’s cultural program. We are a team of music enthusiasts chaired by opera stage director Brigitta Dagostin, who are driven by our passion for music and our commitment to high quality classical concerts in Dubai. We have been bringing international professional performers to Dubai since 1996. The Committee was founded by Sir Maurice Flanagan the founder of Emirates Airlines and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and diplomats from England and the Netherlands. Dcc was the first organization organizing classic concerts in the UAE! In January 2014 we have created a new classical music series called “World Classical Music Series” and moved the concerts to the Royal Ballroom of the One&Only Royal Mirage Hotel where the series have been performed ever since. We have organized over 200 concerts for approximately 100000 lovers of classical music in Dubai. The Dubai Concert Committee was awarded as Supporters of the Arts during the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Award ceremony.