Concertgebouw offers its expertise award to a Palestinian singer

Press launch:

Amsterdam, January 13, 2020 – The Concertgebouw Younger Expertise Award 2020 is awarded to Palestinian singer, composer and flutist Nai Barghouti. On the eve of the Mahler Competition on Thursday, Might 7, 2020, she’s going to obtain the award from Simon Reinink, common director of The Concertgebouw. The Younger Expertise Award is made attainable partially by important sponsor Van Lanschot Kempen.

With the award of the Concertgebouw Younger Expertise Award, Het Concertgebouw desires to assist Nai Barghouti in its additional improvement. The prize consists of an award and a scholarship of € 5,000. Earlier winners of the prize had been pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen (2011), violinist Noa Wildschut (2013), soprano Laetitia Gerards (2014), recorder participant Lucie Horsch (2015), pianist Aidan Mikdad (2017) and pianist Nikola Meeuwsen (2019) .

Simon Reinink: “Nai Barghouti is a superb expertise with an unlimited charisma and technical management. Musically she is limitless. Whether or not she sings a jazz commonplace, a classical Arabic music or a Bach improvisation, she doesn’t flip her hand round it. She is a mannequin for a brand new era of musicians who carry and carry totally different kinds and cultures. It was crystal clear to us that she needed to obtain the Concertgebouw Younger Expertise Award this 12 months. ”

Nai Barghouti
Palestinian singer, composer and flutist Nai Barghouti (23) began her musical profession when she was 14 years outdated. Since then she has carried out in lots of international locations together with Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait, Belgium, Austria, France, England, Denmark and on the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Barghouti, who now lives in Amsterdam, studied on the Jacobs College of Music in Indiana (USA). She graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in March 2019 and is presently engaged on a masters in jazz. Her debut in The Concertgebouw was final summer time throughout the BankGiro Lottery Summer season Live shows with the Palestinian Youth Orchestra. In November she paid tribute to the Lebanese diva Fairouz throughout a sold-out Tracks live performance within the Kleine Zaal.

Karl Guha, Chairman of the Board of Van Lanschot Kempen: “By supporting artwork and tradition, we wish to contribute to the preservation and enrichment of our cultural heritage. Nai is a really particular expertise and we’re proud to offer a stage to younger expertise with this award. ”


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