What an honor to open this “année de la France au Qatar”, France year in Qatar. It was a real pleasure to be back to Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra for the third time. This is a fascinating country. I came here for the first time around 10 years ago, and I have seen the country grow on all fronts. One other beautiful and powerful thing about being a musician: over 30 nationalities on stage, probably as many in the hall; and somehow we could communicate through the music and share emotions. And funnily enough, I met a French musician on stage: we had a lot of fun with Marc Piollet working on this beautiful Saint Saens second piano Concerto. Thank you Kurt for your constant trust since all these years. Lionel, it was such a joy to reconnect after all these years, and you truly are a great leader! I can not wait to go back!
“Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.”