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Abu Dhabi Classics 2023

Abu Dhabi Classics 2023

Abu Dhabi Classics presents a new season of dynamic classical and traditional musical performances in the capital.

Audiences can always expect a rich and diverse selection of performances, built on the works of leading composers, and these programmes are a highlight of the cultural calendar.

As well as world-renowned orchestras and soloists, Abu Dhabi Classics brings ballet and the performing arts, and celebrated artists from the Arab world to audiences, in what is considered among the strongest arts programming in the region.


Force of Nature
Featuring Natalia Osipova


Quoted by The Independent as “the most sought-after ballerina in the world”, Natalia Osipova returns to the capital with the premier of ‘Force of Nature’, a one-of-a-kind evening performance showcasing all-time favorite classics to contemporary masterpieces. Osipova is joined on stage by a lineup of prominent ballet stars including her fellow principal dancers from the Royal Ballet.

Classical Ballet lovers will be immersed in Osipova’s award-winning repertoire featuring her interpretation of ballet’s most iconic female solo, ‘The Dying Swan’, which closes the evening.

Date: 12 October 2023
Time: 8 PM
Place: Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily
Petrenko and Timothy Chooi


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) ranks today not only among the best, but also among the most versatile orchestras. Founded in 1946 by legendary conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, the orchestra has built a consistent career over the years, reaching international quality, and recording some legendary performances with soloists such as Yehudi Menuhin or Luciano Pavarotti.

The RPO, under the baton of its new musical director, Russian–British conductor Vasily Petrenko, will play two nights in Abu Dhabi: the first one, a classical night, will feature works of Elgar and Korngold as well as, to celebrate the composer's 150th birthday, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s magnificent and widely popular Symphony No. 2 in E minor.

For Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, composed 1945 right after the Second World War, the orchestra will be joined by the young Canadian American Timothy Chooi, a multiple competition winner, who is widely regarded as one of the most thrilling upcoming violin stars worldwide.

Date: 3 November 2023
Time: 8 PM
Place: Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental

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Brian Tyler Live in Concert: From Avengers to Fast X
with Timothy Chooi and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


For its second concert in the capital, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by superstar film music composer Brian Tyler to perform some of his greatest hits including the music of films, series and games like Avengers, Yellowstone, Iron Man 3, Assassin's Creed, Star Trek Enterprise, Transformers Prime, Into Eternity (Thor, The Dark World), Fast And Furious (Fast X), The Mummy, Crazy Rich Asians, Battle LA, 1883, Scream, Call of Duty, and many more. For this Gala evening the orchestra, under the baton of Brian Tyler, will be joined by the London Voices choir and international concert violinist, Timothy Chooi. Film sequences of the movies will be shown during this spectacular performance at the Etihad Arena for a unique experience, a chance to experience film music at its very best.

Date: 4 November 2023
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Etihad Park, Abu Dhabi

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Previous Events


Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott


For a special evening of classical music, featuring one of the most talented cellists of our time— Yo-Yo Ma will be accompanied by his long-time friend and collaborator, pianist Kathryn Stott.

With more than four decades of experience, Yo-Yo Ma has established himself as one of the most respected and sought-after musicians in the world. Known for his captivating performances, breathtaking technique, and immense passion for music, Yo-Yo Ma will take us on a musical journey unlike any other.

Date: 5 June 2023
Time: 8 PM
Place: Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental



Berlin Philharmonic Quintet


Five musicians from the world’s most prestigious orchestra, The Berlin Philharmonic, will be visiting Abu Dhabi for their premiere performance. This quintet, composed of some of the principal players of Berlin Philharmonic, will be performing works from Haydn, Schubert and Webern. The show will offer a fine panorama of Chamber music from the 18th century to the early 20th century including one of the greatest pieces of Chamber music ever written: Schubert’s ‘String Quintet in C major’.

Date: 10 September 2023
Time: 8 PM
Place: Manarat Al Saadiyat