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Jean Muller's Première in the Middle East

Published Tuesday December 08 2015

Internationally renowned pianist Jean Muller played his debut concert in the Middle East in Dubai on December 7. Together with the Ismaili Centre in Dubai, the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had invited the Luxembourg pianist who has been hailed as one of the most promising talents of his generation to perform in Dubai.

Over 300 of distinguished guests was honoured to assist to the  outstanding performance given by Mr Muller for over one hour, he played 5 miniatures by himself, Etude No5 “Arc-en-ciel” by Györgi Ligeti and Variations Goldberg Bwv 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Born in Luxembourg, Jean Muller is a pianist of the stature of the great pianists from the past. Achieving ‘miracles of virtuosity with apparent relaxed ease”, he imbues his performances “with his very special brand of magic” delivering interpretations “of the very highest quality” and “guaranteed to bring chills and thrills”.

The unique mix of originality and authenticity allows Muller to treat the classics of the piano repertoire in a “revelatory” way: his Chopin has been described “as inhabited by Chopin himself” and his Liszt as “exactly as Liszt would have imagined it”.

Jean Muller crafts his interpretations with the utmost care and dedication, approaching the great masterworks with humility, “recreative urgency” and as “a poet, colourist, architect and virtuoso” resulting in “some of the most phenomenal playing you could wish for”.

In the words of the president of the ICMA, Remy Franck: “Muller has authority. Muller is an authority”. “Superlatives exhausted!”

Commenting on the event, Her Excellency Nicole Bintner-Bakshian, Luxembourg Ambassador to the UAE, quoting Plato on Music 2000 years ago: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” And she praised the partnership with the Ismaili Centre Dubai by commenting “When we thought about a venue, little did we hesitate of where we wanted to be. Our aim was to build a bridge of friendship and understanding. In these times of tension and fear we wanted to bring communities and faiths together. The Ismaili Centre was a natural choice for this is its very essence and mission”

Mr. Amirudin Thanawalla, President of His Highness Prince Aga Khan Ismaili Council for the UAE, quoting His Highness The Aga Khan about the role of Ismaili Centres:These are places where Ismailis and non-Ismailis, Muslims and non-Muslims, will gather for shared activities — seminars and lectures, recitals and receptions, exhibitions and social events. These meeting halls and lounges, work offices and conference rooms will serve the organisational needs of the Ismaili community. But they will also, we trust, be filled with the sounds of enrichment, dialogue and warm human rapport, as Ismailis and non-Ismailis share their lives in a healthy gregarious spirit!”. In light of this quote and “By hosting this recital, the Ismaili Centre continues to serve its mandate of promoting cultural programmes within the rich mosaic of art activities in the UAE”  said Mr Thanawala.

All guests enjoyed a cocktail dinner after the concert.