World-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer sees great potential in the development of Abu Dhabi Emirate's classical music scene following the second international performance of the Abu Dhabi Classics international concert season.
Kremer, accompanied by the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, performed a version of Vivaldi's ‘Four Seasons' to a full house this week at the Abu Dhabi Theatre in the U.A.E. capital as part of the newly reintroduced annual concert series.
Following the concert, the Latvian, who was in Abu Dhabi as part of a short Arabian tour, said he felt a real connection with the public and was impressed and touched by how they received the music.
"The atmosphere was very moving and it was a real pleasure to play in Abu Dhabi for the first time. Our music is food for the mind and food for the emotions and we wanted to share that with people here as part of this very important classics season," said Kremer.
He added, "It is interesting for me to travel and play in new places around the world. I want to learn more about this country, its people and about Abu Dhabi. These are exciting times for the emirate, particularly when looking at the many cultural projects being undertaken all around. There seems great potential to continue to develop the classical music scene here." Reintroduced by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, after a three-year break, the Abu Dhabi Classics season, running until May, sees leading local and international musicians and orchestras perform across Abu Dhabi city, Saadiyat Island and Al Ain city.