The Global Notes series of concerts from Encore Performing Arts, Dubai Opera and the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai continues with Chapter Five in the Studio on 24th February 2024. Joining us in Dubai will be “The Cuban Treasure” Marcos Madrigal, an outstanding and dazzling young pianist from Havana. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Marcos graduated with honors from the The University of Arts of Cuba (ISA), under the guidance of the renowned professor and pianist Teresita Junco. He attended Master Classes at the Conservatory of Southern Switzerland in Lugano and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where he had the chance to study with Andreas Staier, Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts'ong, John Perry, Malcolm Bilson and especially with his mentor William Grant Naboré.

“He gave absolutely superb performances throughout the evening, handling the repertoire like a great master, with superb variety of touch. His entire programme was quite out of this world!”

Bill Newman – Music & Vision

Marcos has performed in recitals, and as a soloist with Orchestras in many of the most renowned concert halls of the world, such as the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the National Concert Hall of Dublin, the Auditorium Manuel de Falla of Granada, the Bucharest Opera House, the Volkstheater of Vienna, the Teatro Rossini of Pesaro, the Teatro delle Muse of Ancona, The Roman Theatre of Verona, and the Qintai Grand Theater in China, working with notable conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Leo Brower, Paul Mann, Enrique Diemecke and Lorenzo Ramos. 

Madrigal has also collaborated in several projects with Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani, as well as with other distinguished composers in the film and theater world. In 2015, he gave his celebrated debut in the United States at the Finney Hall in Oberlin, Ohio. Since 2017 he has been the Artistic Director of Habana Clásica, an international classical music festival held in Havana, Cuba.

He has received several awards in prestigious international piano competitions and been awarded the International Award “Gold Medal Maison des Artistes”, granted by the Association for Culture, Arts, Science and Social Commitment at the Sapienza University of Rome. Madrigal has recorded live concerts and has participated in several programs for many Radio and TV channels all over the world, such as the BBC, Vatican Radio, Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI), Radio Suisse Romande (RSR). 

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Sponsored by Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai 

Curated by Amira Fouad


J.S. Bach

Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Transcr. by Ferruccio Busoni)

J.S. Bach

Prelude in B minor, BWV 855a (Transcr. by Alexander Siloti)

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in C-sharp minor, op. Posth.

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne C minor, op. 48, no. 1

Robert Schumann

Liederalbum für die Jugend, op. 79, no. 24, S. 569 (Transcr. by Franz Liszt)

Robert Schumann

Liederkreis, op. 39, no. 12, S. 568 (Transcr. by Franz Liszt)

Robert Schumann

Liederalbum für die Jugend, op. 79, no. 20, S. 569 (Transcr. by Franz Liszt)

Robert Schumann

Myrthen, op. 25, no.1, S. 566 (Transcr. by Franz Liszt)


Carlos Guastavino


“El Sampedrino”


Aldo López-Gavilán

“Pan Con Timba”


Ernesto Lecuona


“La Comparsa:

“A la Antigua”



Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes including intermission

Dubai Opera is the ideal venue to celebrate elegance and style. Kindly avoid overly casual or provocative attire, such as shorts or flip flops, to uphold our venue standards. Guests not complying with the dress code will not be permitted entry.

6+ years would require a ticket to enter the event.

Below 6+ years are not permitted for the event.