Following her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic at the age of 11, rising Latin American talent Aisha Syed Castro added the Abu Dhabi Festival last night to her list of performances at world-class venues and festivals, which have included the Kauffman Hall in New York, Palacio de Linares in Madrid, and the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.
Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Dominican Republic to the UAE, and accompanied by Ina Charuachvili on piano, Ms Castro gave a stunning recital at the Emirates Palace with a repertoire that included Ravel’s sonata no. 2 in G major; Grieg’s sonata in C minor; and Bach’s Chaccone from his second partita for solo violin in D minor.
For Ms Castro, early successes paved the way to her acceptance into the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in 2003, making her the first Latina to be admitted. Last year she graduated from the Royal College of Music in London where she was received the Soirée d’Or Scholarship. She is also President of the Music for Life Foundation, which seeks to bring classical music to the disadvantaged. The violins Aisha plays are a 1690 Antonio Stradivarius and an Antonius Pelizon, both kindly on loan from Florian Fine Violins.
The young pianist, Jan Lisiecki, will give the final performance of the Abu Dhabi Festival Recital Series on March 24th at the Emirates Palace. Previous recitalists in this year’s inaugural series have included South Korean pianist, Ah Ruem Ah, and the award-winning Belgian pianist, Julien Libeer. These young laureates have not only been delighting audiences during their stay but also encouraging young musicians through workshops for schools and universities across the UAE.
About The Abu Dhabi Festival
The Abu Dhabi Festival is the UAE’s leading celebration of arts & culture. Launched in 2004, it continues to attract high-calibre regional and international artists to the UAE capital every year. Coming up to its 12th edition the festival has secured its place as the region’s largest cultural event and in the course of the decade has established working partnerships with some of the world’s most influential cultural institutions including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Royal Opera House, Manchester International Festival and Carnegie Hall. Through a comprehensive series of educational and community programmes, the festival brings together artists, students, community groups and cultural organizations from across the UAE and actively supports emerging Emirati talent as well as promoting the artistic and cultural heritage of the UAE in all aspects of life