Paloma O’Shea, founder and director of the Reina Sofía School of Music – now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary – has received the Abu Dhabi Festival award for “her exceptional support of classical music throughout her life.
Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, and founder and artistic director of the Abu Dhbi Festival, presented the award to Paloma O’Shea at the Madrid headquarters of the Reina Sofía School of Music, in presence of the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Spain, Majid Al-Suwaidi, and the Vice President of the Albéniz Foundation, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón.
At the award ceremony, Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo highlighted that “Paloma O’Shea has dedicated her life to nurturing young musicians and nurturing a thriving classical music scene throughout her beautiful nation and beyond. His tireless devotion to music began early, when he created the Santander International Piano Competition, a prize coveted around the world. As the founder of the Reina Sofía School of Music, Paloma O’Shea has given countless young musicians from all over the world the opportunity to study with the great masters and show their talent internationally.
“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Reina Sofía School of Music, we are proud to continue our long collaboration and to recognize Paloma O’Shea’s remarkable contribution to classical music,” concluded Alkhamis-Kanoo.
For her part, and after receiving the award, Paloma O’Shea confessed “deeply grateful to HE Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, both for the prestigious award he has given me and for the support that the Abu Dhabi Festival lends to the Reina Sofía School, which, thanks to this collaboration, can take its orchestra on tour through the main concert halls in Europe. Receiving the Abu Dhabi Festival award is an immense honor for me, because I know first-hand the artistic quality of this admirable festival. “
More than six years ago, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, whose flagship is the Abu Dhabi Festival, signed an agreement with the Reina Sofía School of Music to collaboratively support intercultural exchange through classical music and music. performing arts, enabling the UAE to become the first Arab country to participate in the School’s activities. The award ceremony coincided with the announcement of the first European tour of the Freixenet Orchestra of the Reina Sofía School, supported by the Abu Dhabi Festival. The tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of the school.