The InClassica International Music festival which celebrated its 10th anniversary made its way to Dubai and was held at Dubai Opera first before it moved to the Coca-Cola Arena. It has brought together 37 soloists, 7 orchestras and 13 conductors, all of whom are considered contemporary luminaries of the classical genre.
Among the soloists performing at the festival are the
violinists Gil Shaham, Stella Chen, Sergei Dogadin, Daniel Hope, Sergei Khachatryan, Daniel Lozakovich, Leonard Schreiber, Roman Simovic, Anna Tifu, Maxim Vengerov, the
cellists Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Mischa Maisky, Alexander Knyazev
pianists Rudolf Buchbinder, Kit Armstrong, Marc-André Hamelin, Denis Matsuev, Denis Kozhukhin, Mikhail Pletnev, Fazil Say, Roustem Saitkoulov, Behzod Abduraimov, Andrey Gugnin, Yeol Eum Son, Yekwon Sunwoo, Severin von Eckardstein, and Julia Zilberquit.
and: Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet), David Aaron Carpenter (viola), Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (bandoneon), Joseph Calleja (tenor), Fatma Said (soprano), Carmen Giannastasio (soprano), as well as the French chamber music ensemble, Trio Wanderer.
Orchestras performing at the festival include the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. They are led by the
conductors Arkady Feldmann, Michael Francis, Mikhail Kirchhoff, Felix Korobov, Gergely Madaras, Mikhail Pletnev, Daniel Raiskin, Alexander Sladkovsky, Sergey Smbatyan, Marius Stravinsky, and Dmitry Yablonsky.
InClassica also premieres new music throughout the month-long event, with Maltese composer Alexey Shor taking on the role of composer-in-residence for the festival.