Aisha Syed with MMMF Students and Choir
The virtuoso violinist Aisha Syed from the Dominican Republic has been described as ‘one of the youngest and most talented ambassadors of the violin in the world’. She studied at the Menuhin School, Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School and has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician at festivals and major concert venues around the world. Aisha will perform solo works and concertos with the MMMF students and string ensemble. The concert will also include choral works performed by the MMMF Middle and Senior choirs.
About Aisha Syed
She has worked with a number of conductors such as James Brooks, Luis Gorelik, Carlos Piantini, Phillip Entremont, Adrián Chamorro, José Antonio Molina, Alvaro Manzano and many others. Aisha Syed has won numerous awards including 4 Premio soberano Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 as Best Classical Artist Abroad, the Casandra Award 2009 as Best Classical Artist Abroad, the Latin Pride National Award 2009 in Boston MA, USA, the Game Changer Award by the Keep Walking worldwide campaign in 2014 and many others. She has also performed in BBC Radio 3 In Tune and was made Honorary Cultural Goodwill Ambassador by the Dominican Republic Government. In 2014 she was made the youngest ever Honorary Professor of the Arts Faculty at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, founded in 1538. In May 2015 she became along with conductor Gustavo Dudamel an Ambassador for LEALA, an organization founded to promote the Spanish language and Latin American culture in the Los Angeles area. In 2010 she co-founded in the Dominican Republic the Music for Life Foundation, which seeks to bring classical music to those whom for social, economic, or health reasons cannot access it. The violins she performs on are an extraordinary Long Pattern Stradivarius and an Antonius Pelizon violin both kindly provided by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. Aisha is currently on tour and has been performing in Europe, Latin America, the United States and the Middle East. Future engagements include the Tchaikovsky concerto at the Palau de les Arts with Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, a recital at the Royal Opera House of Mumbai invited by the Mehli Mehta Foundation, the Tchaikovsky violin concerto at the National Auditorium in Uruguay among other performances. Aisha is a devout Christian and dedicates all her performances to God.
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Royal Opera House, Mumbai is widely touted as Mumbai’s Cultural Crown Jewel and India’s only surviving Opera House. The original idea for the space was conceived of in 1908, inaugurated in 1911 by King George V, and eventually completed in 1916. The design incorporated a blend of European and Indian detailing. The space became a cinema in later years before falling into disrepair and shutting by the 1990s. Fittingly, the space has been owned by the Royal Family of Gondal since 1952 and was eventually restored by conservation architect, Abha Narain Lambah under the leadership of His Highness, Maharaja Shri Jyotendrasinhji of Gondal. The Royal Opera House Mumbai, now one of the last remaining Baroque structures in the city, reopened after 23 years in October 2016. The building was included on the 2012 World Monuments Watch to raise awareness about its history and significance, and support preservation efforts. The building has since been recognized with an Award of Merit in the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The restored facilities feature a 575-seater 3-level auditorium with an orchestra pit and state of the art technological upgradations, including acoustics, stagecraft, lighting and air-conditioning, alongside retaining the old world charm of the proscenium stage, the royal boxes and the magnificent regal chandeliers. Some more enhancements to the venue include a motorized screen, co-axial ceiling speaker system, Four-zone volume control and all round wifi access. Today, it stands as a key performance and creative hub in the city’s cultural landscape, while being a premier heritage landmark.
Avid Learning, a public programming platform and cultural arm of the Essar Group, has conducted over 1150 programs and connected with more than 140,000 individuals since its inception in 2009. Driven by the belief that Learning Never Stops, AVID’s multiple formats like Workshops, Panel Discussions, Gallery Walkthroughs, and Festival Platforms create a dynamic and interactive atmosphere that stimulates intellectual and creative growth across the fields of Culture & Heritage, Literature, Art and Innovation.
The Royal Opera House, Mumbai
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