Symphonic Middle East · 2023-2024

Grand concerts in February and March in Dubai - Symphonic Middle East Festival

In February and March of this year, Dubai will host the long-awaited second Symphonic Middle East Festival, organized by SAMIT Event Group in partnership with CMDI Group and the European Foundation for Culture.

Grand concerts in February and March in Dubai - Symphonic Middle East Festival

After a successful innaguration in 2021, the upcoming festival promises a second year of deep immersion in classical music, welcoming renowned artists from all over the world. More than 20 concerts will be held at the Dubai Opera and Theater at the Mall of Emirates. The Middle East Symphony Festival is poised to become an event of the highest quality in one of the world's leading cities, attracting more and more true connoisseurs of classical music.

Among the stars of the festival is the incomparable Denis Matsuev, one of the best pianists in the world and much loved in Dubai. His last concert in the UAE at the InClassica International Music Festival in September 2021 sold out in a matter of days.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) returns to Dubai Opera to present a program that includes a piece by contemporary composer Alexey Shor, as well as an orchestral piece by one of Britain's most beloved composers, Edward Elgar.


For more information and festival schedule visit and below we list the main highlights in chronological order. Tickets are already on sale at and


On Wednesday, February 16, renowned Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev (founder and artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra) will once again perform at the Dubai Opera in a special recital. An amazing evening of piano music awaits guests.

On Sunday, February 20, 2022, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan will perform on stage under the baton of artistic director and chief conductor Alexander Sladkovsky. Accompanied by international award-winning violinist Sergei Dogadin (Russia), Sladkovsky and the orchestra will perform an exciting program of works from obscure pieces to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, the earliest notable work in the composer's vast catalogue.

On February 23, together with conductor Alexander Sladkovsky and the State Symphony Orchestra of Tatarstan, Denis Leonidovich will return with a unique concert, which will feature works by two of Russia's most beloved composers - Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

On International Women's Day, March 8, Khibla Gerzmava, one of the world's most sought-after opera stars, will make her debut in Dubai. People's Artist of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia, Khibla is a unique phenomenon on the Russian opera stage. With a bright and direct voice, emotional and passionate, she performs leading female parts in a wide repertoire. Khibla Gerzmava has performed at the most prestigious opera houses in the world, including the Mariinsky Theatre, London's Covent Garden and others.

This time, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky will present at the Dubai Opera a unique program of works by such composers as Vincenzo Bellini, Francesco Cilea, Reinaldo Hahn, Giuseppe Verdi and many others.


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