11 May 2017 - 11:04
QNMC set to make stars out of Qatar’s rising musical talents
In what promises to be a springboard into the international arena for the country’s musical prodigies, Moving Young Artists (MYA), the Qatar-based non-profit foundation that has been nurturing and inspiring young local talent for more than three years, will host a one-of-its-kind musical spectacle in October.
The Qatar National Music Competition (QNMC), under the patronage of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, seeks to create a competitive platform that would encourage the finest in music creativity and performance. Chiefly sponsored by Vodafone Qatar and in collaboration with Katara and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO), the competition will be a significant artistic event on the national and international stage and will showcase the best of Qatar’s musical talent, thereby emerging as an inspiration to Qatar’s youth.
The event will be held from October 15 to October 19 at the Katara Drama Theatre, culminating in a gala concert and felicitation of the prize winners on October 19, the concluding day at the Katara Opera House. Split into various categories, the competition is open to anyone involved with music and younger than the age of 18; for registration details, please visit www.qnmc.org.
The categories are sub-divided according to the participants’ age — 11 and under, 14 and under, and 18 and under — and instrument of choice — solo piano, solo winds, solo strings, solo vocal, percussion/harp/guitar, and composition. JorisLaenen, co-founder, MYA, said, “Our vision for QNMC is to play its part in propelling Qatar onto the international music festival stage.”
Sonja Park, co-founder, MYA, said: “For many, success will be the participation; for others, it will be lifting the trophy. With each passing year, these trophies will become synonymous with a time-honoured tradition of quality and achievement awarded for exemplary performances in a competition boasting of a world-class reputation.”
The event is also sponsored by Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha, ID Katar, Al Maktab Al Qatari Al Hollandi, Ali Bin Ali Group, Jumpzone, Commverse, and Steinway Gallery Dubai/CDC.