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Dubai Classics encores with first ever UAE Performance of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and closes with world-renowned Moscow Virtuosi

26 Jan 2015

Dubai Classics encores with first ever UAE Performance of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and closes with world-renowned Moscow Virtuosi

​​Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Dubai Classics is making a resounding return to the Emirate with two of the world’s leading critically acclaimed orchestras.

Hosted in collaboration with M Premiere and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Dubai Classics will host the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time in the UAE, and the UNESCO Artist for Peace, violinist and conductor Maestro Vladimir Spivakov with his Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra across two harmonious nights, running from February 19 – 20 at DWTC.

The UK-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is hailed as one of the greatest orchestras of modern times, plucking at the heart-strings of audiences throughout the generations for nearly 70 years. The orchestra will play under the guidance of the famed Italian conductor, Alessandro Fabrizi, best-known for his unique passion for melding classical music with the study of neuroscience, and will be showcasing unrivalled classics from Beethoven to Mozart, Dvořák and Barber, to contemporary masters Sibelius and the film music of John Williams. Their performance in Dubai marks the first time the orchestra has come to the region, and is expected to see sell-out crowds on Thursday 19th February.

Ian Maclay, Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic,​ added: “It’s a real pleasure being invited to perform in Dubai, one of the world’s most innovative cities. The Orchestra has performed on many world stages and I’m sure this experience will be one of the most memorable.” 

Celebrating its 35th anniversary with a world tour, the Moscow Virtuosi is one of the most celebrated orchestras around the world, recognised by The New York Times as “First-class string performers brought to perfection by Maestro Spivakov.”. Led by its prolific founder, chief conductor, and UNESCO’s Artist for Peace 2006, Vladimir Spivakov, the orchestra is a favorite feature of the International Music Festival in Colmar, France. The orchestra’s 35 world-class instrumentalists, made up of top-ranking soloists from the great orchestras of Russia, will take the stage in Dubai to share a selection of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Piazzolla, on Friday 20th February.

Vladimir Spivakov explained;​ In our 35th anniversary year, our world tour will reach more countries and more people than ever before, showcasing the range and beauty of many of our favourite composers, particularly Tchaikovsky. Every member of our orchestra is excited to meet and inspire both existing fans in Dubai but also those who may be hearing their very first concert orchestra.”

On behalf of the organizing team, who are celebrating bringing Dubai Classics back after a highly successful first 2014 season, Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC commented: “Our inaugural Dubai Classics held last year saw our concert hall packed with fans of all backgrounds and ages to relish the classical sounds of world-famous artists. We are increasingly finding a rich appetite for diverse events that touch a cultural cord among residents and visitors alike, and we are proud to usher in the new wave of live events to the region.”

Commenting on the partnership, Evgeniy Morozov, CEO, M Premiere said:​​ “Music is the most versatile universal language, making its relevance especially important for the multi-cultural mix in the UAE. The Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Virtuosi led by Vladimir Spivakov are each worthy of their own festivals – having them together over two eventful nights marks a milestone in Dubai’s music scene, and a must-attend weekend for classical music devotees or orchestral newcomers.”

Tickets are now available, with starting prices from AED 350.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit