EMIRATES YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS GCC COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

24 January 2016
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EYSO also announces preparations for the Emirates International Peace Music Festival (for young virtuosos)

Dubai, UAE: The Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), comprised of the UAE’s leading young musicians, today announced the winners of its GCC competition, organised in conjunction with the 12th Emirates International Peace Music Festival at a press conference held at Dubai Media City.

The grand winners, Eljin Yoo, age 13, and Xiaolin Zhang, 10, both from the UAE, will play as soloists with the EYSO, which comprises 60 young musicians from around the world, at the official opening ceremony of the Emirates International Peace Music Festival on the 20th of March 2016. The competition, held in Dubai between 22nd – 24th January 2016, bought together a group of 60 talented young GCC musicians, between the ages of 7 – 16, who were judged by a committee of 10 international professional jury members and chaired by Director of Dubai National Conservatory, Mr. Riad Kudsi.

The Emirates International Peace Music Festival is held in partnership with Dubai Media City (DMC), and organised by the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra. This year’s festival will bring together some of the world’s greatest youth orchestras from across the GCC, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai Media City said;
“We have long supported the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra, which plays an important role in promoting talent, music and culture across the UAE and the wider GCC. We are delighted to support this competition, which provides young musicians with a great opportunity to showcase their musical talent and meet other musicians, and also have the exciting opportunity to play at the Emirates International Peace Music Festival. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the EYSO to promote creativity and talent across the UAE.”

Riad Kudsi, Founder of The Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Emirates International Peace Music Festival, said:
“The EYSO is committed to enriching the UAE’s cultural and musical outlook and providing humanitarian and educational support and training to local young musicians, to be used as a social tool to enable youngsters to spread the spirit of peace, order, cooperation and enhance society’s perception of classical music.”
“We look forward to welcoming and encouraging all youngsters especially locals to join our orchestra. The Emirates International Peace Music Festival this year will provide the winner of our GCC competition with a fantastic opportunity to open the festival and showcase their talent and we thank Dubai Media City for their on-going support in helping us to develop the UAE’s musical landscape and nurture upcoming talent.”