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An important aspect of Arabesque International’s mission is to make live classical music accessible to the younger generations.

16 - 22 February 2014

In pursuit of this, during the month of February 2014, we brought the 8-year-old violinist Amira Abouzahra, who was in town to play in the “Music by and for Children” events at the Royal Opera House Muscat, to delight her peers at TAISM (The American International School of Muscat), ABA (American British Academy), The International School of Choueifat, and The Sultan’s School in a series of inspiring outreach performances.

Amira Abouzahra was born in Germany in 2005. Amira has been playing the violin since she was 4 years old, and has developed her musical abilities at an astounding speed under the guidance of Alexander Gavrilenko in Mannheim, Germany.  She has garnered big success for her appearances in Germany, amongst others at the “Concertino - Podium für junge Künstler”, in the series “Weinheimer Lebensläufe", as well as at the Autumn Festival. She furthermore performed as the “special talent” at the Summer Charity Event organized by the Deutsche Sparkasse bank, playing her classical programme, but also appeared alongside Tino Oac, the singer of the renowned German pop group “Söhne Mannheims”.

In February 2014 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, where her performances were highly received from both the audience and the media alike. In May 2014 she then debuted in Mexico, accompanied by the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, performing Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring from the renowned “Four Seasons”. The highlight of this experience was her last concert in Texcoco, which was performed open air in front of 3000 people, and which was a great success. Amira is now attracting international attention, and has received invitations to perform in places such as Macedonia, Hungary and Germany. The upcoming 2014/15 season will give her the opportunity to play as a soloist with the Macedonian Philharmonic as well as the German National Orchestras. The young violinist with Hungarian- Egyptian roots is the 1st prize winner of the German nation-wide competition "Jugend Musiziert", and is a fellow of the prestigious Domhof Foundation, that promotes exceptional young talent.

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