Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, was founded in 2007 by Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the then Emir of Qatar's consort.[1] The orchestra performs both Western and Middle Eastern works, encouraging the enjoyment and creation of such music by the people of Qatar and the region.

History edit

Kurt Meister, the former managing director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, was invited by Sheikha Mozah to create an orchestra of international standard and recruited players from over 30 countries.[2] In 2008, Egyptian conductor Nader Abbassi was appointed musical director and Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife became the artistic director and composer-in-residence.[2][3]

The QPO's inaugural concert was held in Doha on 30 October 2008, conducted by Lorin Maazel.[3] The 101-player orchestra's home is now the Opera House at the Katara Cultural Village.[2][4] In advancing its role in the promotion of Middle East composers, the orchestra now has nearly forty such works in its repertoire.[2] In addition to its Qatar season, the orchestra has also toured internationally, in the Middle East (Syria), Europe (UK, France, Austria, Italy, Russia), Asia (China) and the United States (New York and Washington).[3]

On 8 September 2014, during a European tour, the orchestra's musical director Han-na Chang resigned, citing "persistent administrative difficulties and irreconcilable artistic differences".[5][6]

In May 2015, the orchestra performed a 50 minute concert in the MIA Park in celebration of the Commercial Bank of Qatar’s 40th anniversary.[7]

The orchestra performed Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espangnol” in May 2016 at the Qatar National Convention Center.[8] Also that year, they attended the BBC Proms Festival and performed Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninov’s piano concert.[9][10]

In February 2018, they performed multiple concerts, including “Pictures at an Exhibition”, “Philharmonic at the Library: Flute with Strings”, “Kitajenko Conducts Shostakovich 10”, as well as the “Video Games Live 2018”.[11]

Together with guest conductor Alastair Willis, the orchestra performed “The Desert Rose” symphony in October 2022, which was commissioned for their 10 year anniversary in 2019.[12]

The new musical season was opened in September 2023 with “Gulf Folk Meets The Philharmonic”, conducted by Kamoliddin Urinbaev and held at the Abdul Aziz Nasser Theatre.[13][14] The QPO had performed the composition for the first time in August 2022 to promote the preservation of Gulf music.[15]

QPO announced in October 2023 they were cancelling all previously scheduled events in an effort to stand in unity and “redirect their focus toward the pressing needs in Palestine”.[16]

Artistic and musical directors edit

  • Marcel Khalife, artistic director 2008–2010
  • Nader Abbassi, musical director 2008–2011
  • Michalis Economou, musical director 2011–2013
  • Han-na Chang, musical director 2013–2014

Guest conductors edit

List of guest conductors who have conducted the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra:

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Meet the Orchestra". Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Smith, Ken (24 April 2014). "Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra profile". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "QF Annual Report 2010-2011". Qatar Foundation. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ "The Opera House". Katara Cultural Village. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. ^ Stevens, Alex (8 September 2014). "Han-Na Chang resigns from Qatar Philharmonic". Classical Music. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Korean conductor quits Qatari orchestra over 'irreconcilable' differences". Al-Arabiya News. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Celebrating with Qatar Philharmonic's public concert". Gulf Times. 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2024-04-05.
  8. ^ Rashid, Neha (2016-05-18). "Eight things to do in Qatar this weekend (May 19-21)". Doha News | Qatar. Retrieved 2024-04-05.
  9. ^ "Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra debut at the BBC Proms | HarrisonParrott". 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2024-04-05.
  10. ^ Ashley, Tim (2014-09-09). "Prom 67: Qatar Philharmonic/Chang/Matsuev review – a full-throttle performance". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2024-04-05.
  11. ^ "Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra to perform 'Pictures at an Exhibition'". 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  12. ^ "Desert Rose Symphony premieres". 2022-10-31. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  13. ^ "Qatar Philharmonic to open season with Gulf folk, western classical music". 2023-08-14. Retrieved 2024-04-09.
  14. ^ "Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Opens Season with 'Gulf Folk Meets The Philharmonic'". Retrieved 2024-04-09.
  15. ^ "Gulf folk meets Philharmonic in a musical concert". 2022-08-21. Retrieved 2024-04-09.
  16. ^ "Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra cancels events in solidarity with Palestine". 2023-10-28. Retrieved 2024-04-09.
  17. ^ "Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Last Night Of The Proms/British Festival". Retrieved 2022-07-31.

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