FEATURED ARTISTS


IHAB DARWISH

Emirati artist, Ihab Darwish has played music since ten. Graduating in Advertising and Art Design, he has pursued a career of image and sound fusion to become a recognized composer.

In 2017 a breakthrough was cooperation with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Poland. His first album “Waves of My Life” was launched in 2018, reaching audiences through International distribution by Universal Music MENA. The premiere of his orchestral work: “Waves of My Life: Every Real Story Begins with a Note” was held in 2018 at the prestigious Emirates Palace for the Abu Dhabi Festival. This performance left the audience captivated and eagerly anticipating Darwish’s further development.

In March 2018 Darwish was bestowed ‘First Guest Composer’ by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and invited to participate as Ambassador of the Euro Mediterranean Music Academy – EMMA for Peace. In the same year, Darwish composed music to the award-winning documentary “She” (2018) directed by Philip Jamel Rashid. A further unique collaboration saw Darwish composing a piece of signature music for Zahra Lari, the UAE figure skater, to be used in her performances worldwide.

In 2019 Darwish worked in collaboration with the Emirates’ Ministry of Education on the historic theatrical performance ‘Voice of Tolerance’ produced by Dragone and staged at Le Perle in Dubai. The same year Darwish was invited to be a key composer at the UAE 48th National Day celebrations. This government invitation was for the show “Legacy of Our Ancestors”, as his music has been performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

BEETHOVEN ACADEMY ORCHESTRA

The Beethoven Academy Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras of the young generation. It is made up of the most outstanding students and graduates of European higher musical education institutions, including the Academy of Music in Krakow, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Royal Music Conservatoire in Brussels, Conservatoire International de Musique in Paris, and Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz. The ensemble started its activity in 2003, following the success at the 53rd Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth.

In 2005, on the initiative of Elżbieta Penderecka, the orchestra debuted at the 9th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, which resulted in excellent reviews and invitations to prestigious festivals at home and abroad.

The orchestra has thirty two albums to its credit, recorded for such labels as Universal Music, DUX Poland, Centaur Records USA and Le Foxx Music. It has also signed a contract with the reputable record company EMI London KPM. When reaching for entertainment and film music classics, the ensemble is as successful as with classical scores. It has recorded soundtracks for such giants as Warner Bros and Monolith, collaborated with Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, Michał Lorenc and Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, and recorded the platinum-winning album ‘Siedem Pieśni Marii’ (Universal Music), which has become extremely popular and sold in 300 thousand copies.
In March 2018 Universal Music released the album „Waves of My Life” with the music of the Emirati composer Ihab Darwish. Premiere of this project with the participation of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the composer himself took place at the famous Abu Dhabi Festival.

Since its inception, the orchestra has been under the artistic and organizational care of Marcin Klejdysz. Since November 2013, by invitation of the BAO artists, the post of the orchestra’s principal conductor has been held by maestro Jacek Kaspszyk.

TOMASZ TOKARCZYK

Tomasz Tokarczyk, Conductor. Graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow as conductor and violinist. He had been the musical director and conductor of the Opera House in Szczecin (2002/2004) before he became engaged with the Krakow Opera House in 2004, where he is now the musical director. He has conducted more than 500 opera performances including the music direction in more than 30 premieres. Further on, he has conducted many symphonic and oratorium concerts. He has collaborating with number of the Polish and foreign music institutions (Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chelyabinsk in Russia, The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway and Polish institutions like the Warsaw Radio Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra based in Krakow, the Grand Theatres in Poznan and Lodz, Baltic Opera in Gdansk or Opera House in Wroclaw and Bytom). He has also conducted a number of recordings of music for television, film and theatres. Since 2017 he has been a lecturer in the Academy of Music in Krakow. He has been honored with many awards and decorations in the field of art (Honoris Gratia, Gloria Artis, Polonia Minor, The Theatre award for the best 2020 conductor in Poland).

JOSE CURA

Known for his intense and original interpretations of opera characters, as well as for his unconventional and innovative concert performances, tenor José Cura is a world-famous artist and familiar name atop the marquees of the most prestigious theaters. The multi award winner who was born in Rosario, Argentina, is known for his exceptional works as a director and a conductor. 2007 witnessed his world-premiere of La Commedia è finita: the creative re-imagining of Pagliacci coupled with dance and mime, designed and directed by himself, marked the beginning of his career as a stage director and designer. In 2017 he was entitled Professor Honoris Causa of the National University of Rosario, Argentina.

CARLOS PIÑANA

Flamenco Guitarist and Composer

Carlos Piñana (Cartagena, 1976). Carlos starts studying Classical Guitar at the Music Conservatory of Cartagena, at the same time exploring Flamenco Guitar, in which he will soon stand out. Proof of this are the numerous awards he has received, for instance: First Prize and Bordón Minero at the international Festival of the Cantes Mineros (1996), the National Prize of Concert Guitar Ramon Montoya at the Cordoba Flamenco Art Festival (1998). Often he plays solist and with orchestras, with his special project the Suite “El Cuidado de una Esencia”, where he combines classical music with the temperament and lyricism of flamenco. He played with Murcia Symphonic Orchestra, Tomsk Philarmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Teplice Symphonic Orchestra, La Habana Chamber Orchestra, Lublin Philarmonic Orchestra, Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra, Šv. Kristoforo Kamerinis Orkestras, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra…,etc.

He has released seven CD´s as a soloist: “Cal-libiri” (1999), “Palosanto” (2001), “Mundos Flamencos” (2003), “Mi Sonanta” (2009), “Mvvanos Libres” (2011), “Body & Soul” (2013), “De la raíz al alma” (2015) and “Rubato” (2018).

KODO

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art form. The vibrations created by the drummers not only reach the ears of the audience, they move listeners on a visceral level. Making their debut at the Berliner Festspiele in 1981, Kodo is based on Sado Island in Niigata, Japan, having given over 6,500 performances in 52 countries worldwide under the theme “One Earth.”

SARA ANDON

Flute

Flutist Sara Andon is an international soloist and recording artist known for her ravishing tone and deeply engaging musical interpretations. A versatile performer in many genres, she can be heard on countless albums and on scores for films, TV and video games. Her latest album Cinema Morricone: An Intimate Celebration with Van Cliburn Competition Gold-medalist Simone Pedroni is for Sony Classical. In 2018, she was a soloist for the Varèse Sarabande 40th Anniversary Gala Concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

KINAN AZMEH

Originally from Syria, Kinan Azmeh is a distinguished clarinetist, composer, who brings his music to all corners of the world. 

Kinan’s compositions cover several genres such as solo, chamber, and orchestral music. His recent works were commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Apple Hill string quartet, Quatuor Voce, Brooklyn Rider, Aizuri Quartet and Bob Wilson’s for his recent production of Oedipus Rex.

He produced three albums and several soundtracks with his band “Hewar”, a duo album with pianist Dinuk Wijeratne and “Uneven Sky” with the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, which won the Opus Klassik Award in 2019.

JOHN BEASLY

John Beasley is a composer, arranger, pianist who has performed with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, and Chaka Khan among others. He is a multi-GRAMMY nominated recording artist and also works on film and TV projects, including 1917, Finding Nemo, Skyfall and Spectre. Also, Beasley is the Music Director of the Herbie Hancock Jazz institute that hosts the annual UNESCO’s International Jazz Day global concerts around world.

JAMES GENUS

James Genus is an American jazz bass player, specializing in the electric bassist. Before pursuing his musical career in New York, he discovered bass at 13 and studied jazz music at Virginia Commonwealth University

James has performed as a session musician for over 20 years and has worked with the prominent band Daft Punk, and award-winning musician Herbie Hancock. He has also joined artists Bob James and David Sanborn on a world tour. He is currently part of the Saturday Night Live house band of the NBC television program Saturday Night Live (SNL).

TERREON ‘TANK’ GULLY

Terreon Gully is a Grammy-award winning drummer across multiple genres including jazz, hip hop, African and Cuban music. 

Originally from Illinois, USA, Terreon began playing drums as a child. His distinctive style inspired Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride and Stefon Harris to make him a member of their touring bands. He also had appearances with contemporary artists, Common, Nicholas Payton, and Jacky Terrasson. 

He is also known for his studio recording work, including his first song “Tanktified”, available on all major digital streaming platforms.

Grégoire Maret

Grégoire Maret is a Grammy-winning harmonica player and composer from Switzerland.

He moved to New York City when he was 18 years old to study at the New School University. Since graduating, he has performed alongside prominent artists including Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, Marcus Miller, Elton John, Jimmy Scott, and Dianne Reeves.

Throughout his career, Grégoire has redefined the role of the harmonica in a variety of styles, aiming to spread passion, creativity, and prowess across the world.

ARQAM

Born and raised in the UAE, with roots in Oman and Zanzibar, Arqam is a young Emirati soul singer aiming to make a difference through his music, which blends old school beats, soul searching lyrics, and vocals that resemble the Motown and the early soul movements. 

Arqam’s music also embodies the essence of the UAE; where old values meet new and progressive ideas, with lyrics that reflect positivity, introspection, love, and the search for purpose.

DHARNI

Dharni is a Singaporean beatboxing artist who transcends different genres of music through his talent. 

Recognized as one of the best beatboxers in the world, Dharni held the title of Grand Champion at the Grand Beatbox Battle Championship (2013 and 2014) and is a jury member at the World Beatbox Championship and several other international beatboxing competitions. 

Dharni resides in Poland, where he follows his passion of using vocals and beatboxing to produce original music pieces.

Vox Chamber Choir

Vox Chamber Choir is a group of experienced South African choral singers dedicated to performing the original compositions of Prinsloo. 

The choir was founded by award-winning artist and composer Franco Prinsloo in 2017. Shortly after they released their first albums, “Vox Novus: South African Choral Series Vol. 1” and “Speak to Me” in 2018, the Choir received a gold medal at the World Choir Games. 

Their recent productions include the album “You Are Beautiful” as well as the soundtrack “Naledi – An African Journey” available on all major digital streaming platforms.

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