Good Conduct in the Capital

AS JORMA PANULA gracefully lets his hand down, the
orchestra reduces its tempo to a whispering pianissimo. It


Silvia Radan

Published: Wed 4 Feb 2009, 9:57 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:23 PM

is an exclusive form of communication between conductors and musicians and Panula, one of the most sought-after conductor teachers in the world, has come to Abu Dhabi to fine tune the “language” skill of 10 student-conductors.

Part of the educational programme of Abu Dhabi Classics, the Maestro of the Maestros classes run until February 4 at the British School Al Khubairat.

The 10 student conductors, carefully selected by the organisers, come from as far as Germany, South Korea, Japan, Italy, France, England and Finland for this unique opportunity to meet Panula.

The supporting orchestra has been formed from 70 young musicians, between the ages of 18 and 25, from the Sibelius Academy in Finland. The sessions are free and open to anyone.

“We have around 400 students in our musical classes, but we do not teach conducting, so this is a good opportunity for them”, pointed out Mathew Curtis, music tutor at the British School. The sessions will end on Thursday morning with a performance at the Emirates Palace, where each conductor gets 20 minutes with the orchestra.

The Sibelius Academy will them perform at the Emirates Palace on February 6, with a programme of Symphonic Masterworks – Scandinavian Landscapes.

In fact, this will be the first in a row of four concerts presented this month by the Abu Dhabi Classics. An evening of Romantic Cello with Latvian “super” cellist Mischa Maisky, joined by Russian pianist Pavel Gililov will be presented on February 7.

Then on February 13, the Lord of the Rings Symphony, performed by several UAE and international orchestras and choirs will take place at the Abu Dhabi National theatre, while on February 14, Roby Lakatos, descendant of the legendary Hungarian dynasty of gipsy fiddlers, will perform, along with his quintet, a contemporary take on the traditionally fast and furious gypsy music, at the Emirates Palace.

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