The InClassica International Music Festival returns to Dubai, marking its 11th edition. The month-long celebration of classical music features 50 renowned soloists, three premier orchestras, 11 conductors and 26 performances at Dubai Opera.
As the sun sets each evening, the stars of InClassica come out, including revered conductor Dmitry Yablonsky, who spoke to Euronews’ Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham before the opening night curtain rose.
“You know, when the music starts, usually you forget that your back hurts, your shoes hurt. You see this beautiful hall (of the Dubai Opera) with its beautiful acoustics. To share the music , with this audience in Dubai, it’s a sublime idea of Konstantin Ishkhanov, who is the president of the festival – of this whole project,” Yablonsky said.
This season’s repertoire includes well-known classics by Verdi, Beethoven and Debussy, to name a few. Plus, contemporary masterpieces by composer-in-residence Alexey Shor.
Respected violinist Sergej Krylov says kinship and cultural diplomacy emanate from Shor’s melodic compositions.
“I love this music for the harmony, for the feel of the phrasing, for many different reasons,” Krylov explains.
Talking about how InClassica helps foster international cooperation and friendship, Krylov adds:
“The globalization of music is very important. The change (and) the exchange of cultures is very important. And this festival represents this international way of thinking (about) music, full of great ideas that connect different cultures.”
South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo is one of the greatest soloists in the world. For this award-winning pianist, playing is about escaping and calming down in a hectic world.
“Sometimes in life you have such a hectic life and with traveling and stuff, sometimes you forget the most important things. You know, we play a lot of songs over and over, but I remind myself to be really honest with feelings and be sincere.”
Emerging artists perform alongside world-class music stars at InClassica, and keeping things on schedule is acclaimed Italian bandleader Gianluca Marciano, who has been described as “unblushing with enthusiasm”. for his energetic style.
“It’s always nice to hear so many good definitions of yourself. And reviews are important because I like to check the score, in my performance, and see how I could possibly do better,” said Marciano.
But while criticism comes with the job, it’s not Gianluca’s main concern.
“We should be self-critical and analyze every night after a concert what we have done, because our audience is the most important”, insists Marciano.
Feelings that will undoubtedly strike a chord with visitors to the Dubai Opera this season.