The Global Notes series of concerts from Dubai Opera and Encore Performing Arts continues with Chapter Six in the Studio on 2 March 2024. 

In the Studio at Dubai Opera the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) will feature the talented musicians and the latest prize-winning soloists from the National Youth Orchestra Solo Concerto Competition 2024: 

·         First Prize Winner

Violinist, Alexandra Derkaloustian, performing Zigeunerweisen 'Gypsy Airs', Op. 20 by Sarasate

·         Second Prize Winner

Violinist, Renée Youssef, performing Méditation from Thäis by Massenet

·         Third Prize Winner

Violinist Oscar Lucero Beschi performing Praeludium and Allegro by Kreisler

·         Most Promising Talent Winner

Violinist, Sian Willgoss performing the Presto from Spring from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi

The National Youth Orchestra is led by UAE-based Conductor and composer Mr. Jonathan Barrett, and presented by acclaimed Finnish violinist and Co-Founder Ms Eva Gräsbeck, Head of Strings, British bassoonist Ms Jackie Hayter, Head of Winds and Mr Ronald Vint, Head of Percussion. The NYO Dubai is led by Artistic Director, Amira Fouad. 

The young musicians and guest artists will perform an uplifting programme of music from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to modern film scores, highlighting their extraordinary talent and dedication. 

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the UAE’s National Youth Orchestra, which was founded in 2018. From just four original members the NYO reached over 140 members from over 25 countries, from ages 5-18, all from the local community in the UAE - and has quickly established itself as the largest and most prestigious youth orchestra in the region. The National Youth Orchestra represents the very best of the values that the United Arab Emirates stands for and actively promotes - generosity, endeavour, inclusivity, tolerance and above all compassion.

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Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes including intermission

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Alexandra Derkaloustian, Violin

First Prize Winner 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Zigeunerweisen 'Gypsy Airs', Op. 20

Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908)

Renée Youssef, Violin

Second Prize Winner 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Méditation from Thäis

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Oscar Lucero Beschi, Violin

Third Prize Winner 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Praeludium and Allegro

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Reema Baroom, Violin

Finalist 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Violin Concerto No 3 in G Major KV -216 I. Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Rosie Hutchings, Alto Saxophone

Finalist 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra

Ronald Binge (1910-1979)

With Magdalena Wajdzik, Piano Accompanist

National Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble

Alexander Ghandour, Trombone

Julian Singh, Trombone

Jesse de Ronde-Ya, Tuba

Soldiers Poem

Arranged by Alexander El Ghandour


George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Arranged by Alexander El Ghandour

National Youth Orchestra Woodwind Quartet

Lucas Mellor, Flute

Alexandra Teasel, Clarinet

Shreya Kopuri, Oboe

Diya Ranganathan, Bassoon

Water Music, Suite no 3, HWV350

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Arranged by Ray Thompson

The National Youth Orchestra Concert Band

Ms Jackie Hayter, Conductor

Bohemian Rhapsody


Arranged by Paul Murtha

Shape of the Water

Alexandre Desplat (b. 1961)

Arranged by Robert Longfield


The National Youth Orchestra Strings Camerata and Prize-Winning Soloists

Mr. Jonathan Winter Barrett, Conductor

Ms Eva Gräsbeck, Head of Strings

The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Selected movements

Sian Willgoss, Violin

Most Promising Young Musician 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Spring from the Four Seasons - III. Presto

Eason Wu, Violin

Finalist 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Summer from the Four Seasons - III. Presto

Chloi Niamonitaki, Violin

Finalist 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Autumn from the Four Seasons - I. Allegro

Jiayi Zhang, Violin

Finalist 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Autumn from the Four Seasons - III. Allegro

Sofia Faghihy, Violin

Finalist 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Winter from the Four Seasons - I. Allegro Non Molto