Cairo Opera House Quartet take on the classics
The Cairo Opera House Quartet will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 4 in C minor and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 11 on next Monday.
The Quartet was founded in 1991 by Osman El-Mahdy, who is also the ensemble's first violin.
El-Mahdy studied violin in Alexandria and then Cairo Conservatoires and chamber music at Geneva Conservatoire. He was a member of the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the Orchestre de Chambre du Jura (1985 - 1989), then Cairo Symphony Orchestra from (1989 - 1993), and finally Concertmaster of the Cairo Opera Orchestra from (1994 - 2005).
He performed with numerous ensembles in Egypt as well as in Russia, Syria, the Emirates, Japan, France, and Switzerland. El-Mahdy was a professor of violin and chamber music at the Cairo Conservatory until 2005. From 1993 onwards, he has been a professor of violin at the Talent Development Center of Cairo Opera House, where he teaches Suzuki method.
The Cairo Opera House Quartet also includes Yasser Ghoneim on violin, Oleg Oneshchag on viola and Mohamed Salah on cello.