Palestinian National Orchestra, Vincent de Kort, and Simon Shaheen to perform at Naseeb A. Shaheen Auditorium
The Palestinian National Orchestra, conducted by Vincent de Kort, and accompanied by Simon Shaheen performed on Saturday 31, December 2016 at Naseeb Azeez Shaheen Auditorium in Birzeit University.
About the performers:
- Palestine National Orchestra:
The members of the Palestine National Orchestra are mostly professional musicians of Palestinian origin. They include performers at leading international orchestras and opera houses, freelance instrumentalists, top-flight studio musicians, and professors teaching at musical conservatoires across the Middle East and further afield.
The PNO is a festival orchestra, meaning it is not a permanent orchestra, but aims to meet once or twice a year to bring high quality professional music making to Palestinian communities, and providing an international platform to promote Palestinian cultural achievements worldwide. Many of the younger players were previously members of the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO), before joining the PNO.
- Vincent de Kort
After a successful career as a cellist in 1995, Kort, at the invitation of Mariss Jansons, made his debut conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. His breakthrough followed in 1997 when he stepped in at the last minute for Gennady Rozhdestvensky with the European Union Youth Orchestra (soloist Radu Lupu) at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. This rapidly led to further engagements, he has since then been invited by a number of prominent Opera houses and orchestras.
Vincent de Kort has established himself among the finest Mozart conductors. He is jury chairman of the highly popular TV program MAESTRO, he was principal guest conductor of the Zürich Symphony Orchestra and was music director and founder of the international chamber orchestra European Sinfonietta as well as the Opera Festival Alden Biesen in Belgium.
- Simon Shaheen
Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House.