Conductors Mischa Damev, Rafael Payare and More Among Symphony Orchestra of India's Feb 2014 Lineup

Rafael Payare (conductor) is a product of the country's pioneering El Sistema music training programme and a successor to the hugely popular conductor Gustavo Dudamel. He has won the prestigious Malko Conducting Competition in 2012 and has worked with, amongst others, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Gothenburg Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Future plans include debuts with the London Symphony, Munchner Philharmoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Oslo Philharmonic.He was recently named chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra and will be conducting part of Krzysztof Penderecki's 80th Birthday celebrations in Warsaw. Ha has conducted all the major orchestras in Venezuela including the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, both in Caracas and in Toronto as part of their 2009 Canadian tour. As an assistant conductor he worked under Gustavo Dudamel, most recently for his staged production of Marriage of Figaro with the LA Philharmonic, and served as assistant conductor to the late Claudio Abbado for his performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. In September 2012, Daniel Barenboim personally invited Rafael to assist in his production of Wagner's Siegfried at the Berlin Staatsoper.

Zane Dalal (conductor) has been Resident Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of India since 2007, building the skills of the orchestra's resident Indian players through the SOI's Orchestral Training Programme and undertaking the musical preparations for each SOI concert season. Zane Dalal was born and educated in England. Awarded an Organ Scholarship to the University of Oxford, he held the position of Choirmaster and Organist at Oriel College Chapel. Dalal made his debut in Orchestral Conducting in the United States at Indiana University. He became one of their most distinguished conducting students, performing a wide range of contemporary works, as well as major concerti and symphonic repertoire.

The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) is the country's first fully professional symphony orchestra, offering a series of concerts in Mumbai over the course of two seasons each year, in September and February. The orchestra has also begun to tour nationally and to take music into communities in order to attract new and young audiences around India.

Players are recruited from an international field, with a core of instrumentalists drawn from Kazakhstan and many other countries of Europe and the UK. Many of the principal players are also teachers, and the orchestra places great emphasis on developing musical potential within India.

There are a growing number of Indian players representing the finest local talent and providing a solid foundation for the future of orchestral playing in this country. The SOI has recently expanded our search for talent to include players from Kolkata and Darjeeling, adding to our already diverse group of performers from Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kerala.

On June 11, 2010, the SOI made history as it became India's first fully professional orchestra perform internationally when it made its debut at the Fifth Festival of the World's Symphony Orchestras in Moscow. The SOI played on the concluding night as part of the Grand Finale in the presence of the highest echelons of Russian society. Besides presenting orchestral and chamber music concerts, the SOI is available as a prestigious accompanying ensemble for soloists as well as for ballets, operas and musicals. It will also offer its services internationally as a resource for making recordings. For further information please visit: www.soimumbai.com

Opening its doors to the world in 1969, the NCPA became the first multi-venue and multi-purpose cultural centre to be built in South Asia. Vibrant and diverse, the NCPA today is recognized by artistes, patrons and media alike as India's premier performing arts institution. The Centre provides a fine showcase for India's rich performing arts traditions, all thanks to the institution's training and research initiatives.

The NCPA presents over 600 events each year across all major art forms, most notably Indian Music, International Music, Theatre and Film, Dance, Literature, Visual Arts and Photography. There are Heads of Programming for each of these art forms who curate innovative events and festivals; representative of everything from classical to contemporary throughout the year. The NCPA produces its own programmes as well as collaborates with leading cultural promoters from around the world. For further information, visit: www.ncpamumbai.com.

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