Fortissimo Classica Music Festival Opens in Rabat, Morocco

Filippo Arlia, Italian conductor

The National Institute of Music and Choreographic Arts in Rabat will host the Fortissimo Classica Music festival from October 29-November 2, 2019. In addition to the classical concerts led by conductors Samir Tamim and Filippo Arlia, the four-day event will include workshops that promote inter-cultural dialogue between the Rabat and the Tchaikovsky music schools. The event will focus on Calabrian traditional instruments like the Lira and introduce how the dynamic Italian musical genre has historically been influenced by both the Mediterranean cultures and ancient Africa.

Samir Tamim is considered one of Morocco’s most talented musicians. He established the Romance Classical Music Quartet in 1999, an ensemble with high-level young musicians from the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra. After studying at the Conservatory of Music and Dance of Rabat, he was the recipient of several awards which led to invitations for him to perform with large orchestras in Europe and the USA. He also earned a scholarship to the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.

Filippo Arlia is a twenty-nine-year-old Italian conductor, pianist, and teacher. Worldwide, he is acknowledged by critics as one of the most relevant and interesting Italian musicians of the twenty-first century. At the age of 17, he received honorable mention under Antonella Barbarossa for mastering piano techniques at the Piano at the Conservatory “F. Torrefranca” of Vibo Valentia. His solo debut was linked with Michel Camilo, an important jazz pianist. Since 2008, he has been emphasizing the “Duettango”, an interpretation of Astor Piazzolla’s literature in all his music. He also founded the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015. The Filarmonica has collaborated with Sergei Krylov, Yuri Shishkin, Michel Camilo, Sergei Nakariakov and Ilya Grubert, some of the best musicians of our time. To date, he has conducted over 400 concerts, in over 25 countries.

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