Volkswagen Middle East and Al Nabooda Automobiles host a classical musical evening for customers
Volkswagen Middle East and Al Nabooda Automobiles delighted the senses of customers and media representatives with an exclusive one-off evening of enchanting piano music from Prof. Thomas Leander, an award-winning pianist whose work on television, theatre and festivals has won him critical acclaim. Prof. Thomas Leander performed in a unique setting at the Volkswagen Showroom in Dubai.
Hans-Dieter Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Middle East stated, “We at Volkswagen are privileged to be able to bring to Dubai an award-winning pianist. This musical evening was aimed at thanking our long standing customers and media representatives for their support and commitment since Volkswagen opened up its regional office just under three years ago. It is a great pleasure to have provided our guests the opportunity to listen to some mesmerising classical piano music in a unique setting at the Volkswagen Showroom in Dubai.”
Prof. Thomas Leander performed a recital featuring some of the most renowned classical music from Ludwig Van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Frederic Chopin and Mili A. Balakirew. The musical evening of enchanting melodies and thrilling contrasts began with Beethoven’s Sonata D-major op. 10 No.3 followed by Sonata C Sharp-minor op.27 No. 2 (Moonlight). Prof. Thomas Leander then performed Spinning Chorus from the Opera “The Flying Dutchman” from the works of Richard Wagner, followed by Chopin’s Ballade F-major op.36. The evening concluded with the classical tune of Islamei – Oriental Fantasya from Balakirew.
Prof. Thomas Leander said, “I am delighted to have been invited by Volkswagen Middle East to play in Dubai; it was my first ever appearance in this part of the world which is an exciting prospect for me. It was a great opportunity for me to meet people from the region and to learn a bit about the culture. This performance is also a special one as it marks my 30th year debut of my concert career.”
Prof. Thomas Leander started his career as a soloist and accompanist. He has given many piano recitals throughout Europe and the United States, performing as accompanist with famous artists such as Karl Ridderbusch, Robert Gambill, Hermann Prey and Mario Hoff. Prof. Leander also has appeared at La Scala in Milan, Cuvilliers Theatre and Gasteig Munich, Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky-Conservatory and at prestigious festivals such as in Verbier, Salzburg, Mozartiana Moscow and Rheinisches Musikfest.
In 1987, Prof. Leander premiered Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for piano in Mannheim, Germany and sixty other cities throughout Europe. In 1989, he accompanied Hermann Prey in Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook in a Europe wide live television broadcasted by German Television.
In 1990, Prof. Leander toured the former USSR with the Minsk Chamber Orchestra playing in St. Petersburg, Kiev and Minsk. His debut in Moscow was in 1995 when he performed a Piano-Concerto by Mozart with the Orchestra of the Bach-Academy in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
One of the most memorable moments of Prof. Leander’s career was when the City of Düsseldorf presented him with an award for his contribution to music. Since 1995 he has been a Piano Professor at the Robert Schumann University of Music in Düsseldorf. He runs courses and master classes throughout Germany, New York, San Diego, Italy, Portugal, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin-Institut in St. Petersburg.
Prof. Leander has appeared as a guest artist for many great German orchestras, as well as the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra. Recently, he was privileged to give a recital “in memoriam Svjatoslav Richter” in Moscow. The piano evening was broadcast live on Russian Television. Also a special honour was Leander’s concert to the 150th anniversary of the State Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow 2006 with Sergej Stadler, conductor, and the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra. In September 2006, he had his successful debut in Salzburg at the Great Festspielhaus with Concertos by Mozart and Schnittke.
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