The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is taking its place among the great orchestras of the world. Lorin Maazel, January 2011
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra promotes and performs western and Arabic music in order to inspire the children and adults of Qatar and the Arab world to create and enjoy music. In blending these cultures the Qatar Philharmonic extends a message of peace to the world.
The Philharmonic was founded in 2007 as a center in the Qatar Foundation, chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. It is composed of 101 professional musicians chosen in international auditions from 30 countries. In September 2015 Dmitrij Kitajenko was named Conductor of Honor. The Philharmonic’s music directors have included Nader Abbassi, Michalis Economou and Han-Na Chang. The orchestra has also worked with such conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Minkowski and James Gaffigan.
As a member of the Qatar Foundation, the Philharmonic assists Qatar in its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential. While the Philharmonic sows the seeds of symphonic music in the Arab region, it is a platform for music from all the world. It is an integral part of the Philharmonic’s work to host new and established composers, soloists and conductors of the Arab world.