Arabesque continues with its musical, educational journey in Oman schools
December 13, 2015 | 9:44 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: After the success of the first Muscat Chamber Music project, Arabesque International will continue the series by organising the second Muscat Chamber Music concert in The Bosch Center at The American International School Muscat (TAISM).

The event will be held under the patronage of Roland Dubertrand, Ambassador of France to the Sultanate of Oman on December 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

The soprano and opera singer, Amira Selim, will delight with arias from the most famous French operas, operettas, musicals, Christmas songs as well as renowned melodies by Arabic composers such as Sayed Darwish accompanied by the French pianist Nicolas Chevereau.

“The continuation of the series comes from our belief in the role of education, arts and music as a driving engine for the development of nations. The artists will be staying in Muscat for a certain period of time before the concert to hold workshops for students from the French School on December 14 morning, for the PDO School in the afternoon and the American British Academy on December 15. This is part of the project’s aim to provide an opportunity to the young talents to benefit from this non-profit musical and outreach project, which is considered the first of its kind in Oman,” said Ahmed Abouzahra, the General Manager of Arabesque International.

Distinguished career

Abouzahra stated that this concert is a distinguished one with Amira Selim, who was born in Cairo and comes from an artistic family as she is the daughter of pianist Marcelle Matta and painter Ahmed Fouad Selim.

After studying piano, ballet and painting, she started voice training and Italian repertoire in Italy with soprano Gabriella Ravazzi. After graduating from the Cairo Conservatoire, she received a scholarship from the French Government to study with soprano Caroline Dumas at the l’École Normale de Musique de Paris. Amira also won the first prize at the international competition of Orvieto, Italy.

Amira also featured in many leading roles in Italy, at the Mancinelli Theatre in Orvieto.

For her debut in France, she interpreted the title role of opera “Lakme” by Leo Delibes at the opera of Rennes. Amira also sang in ten performances “Carmina Burana” at the Palais des Congres, Paris, and performed “Ophélie” in “Hamlet” by Ambroise Thomas at the Opera Saint Etienne, France, “Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in Paris, Lille, Biarritz, Nantes, Marseille. Amira also featured with Orchestre National de Bretagne in France through many performances.

She also participated in Mozart l’Egyptien” at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, and in the Vienna Festival “Spirits of Mozart” as well.

Nicolas Chevereau was born in Paris in 1989. He studied the piano with Aldo Ciccolini and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of vocal accompaniment of Anne Le Bozec and Erika Guiomar, piano accompaniment of Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and musical analysis of Michaël Levinas. He is also a graduate of the university of Paris-Sorbonne in musicology.

He partnered many singers over the years and won several awards, including the Prix de la Sacem, at the 9th Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon and the Melody Prize at the 7th Concours international de chant-piano Nadia et Lili Boulanger with soprano Clémentine Decouture.

In 2015, he won the “Best Pianist” award at the 8e Concours international de mélodie française in Toulouse, France.

Classical music

Arabesque International launched the Muscat Chamber Music Series project to make live classical music accessible to the younger generation.

The project aims to communicate with the new talents through such music that is traditionally performed by a small group of instrumentalists in a relatively small space.

In order to pursue this goal, Arabesque invites experienced high-quality chamber music ensembles to Muscat for a period ranging between one and three weeks, to provide educational and musical activities in schools.

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