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Ramzi Yassa

Described by many as a cultural ambassador for Egypt, pianist Ramzi Yassa has appeared both live and on television throughout the world.

At present Pianoforte Professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot" in Paris, and Artistic Director of the International Music Centre, Manasterly Palace in Cairo, Ramzi Yassa is recognized as a major force in the musical scene of today.

Having established himself as the leading pianist of his native country since early childhood in Cairo, Yassa furthered his pianistic studies at the National Conservatoire, perfecting them at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. He has been awarded numerous prizes and has contributed to the panel of judges at international piano competitions in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S.A. He annually conducts Masterclasses in Paris with Professor Mikowsky of the Manhattan School of Music.

Although Ramzi Yassa has resided in Paris with his family since 1976, he has always maintained strong ties with his homeland where he performs regularly. He is in fact Director of the Cairo Opera House and Special Advisor for music to the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Hailed as "a poet at the piano" with "an impressive technique" and "rare elegance", Yassa has performed in the world's major concert halls, in association with top conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Groves, Zubin Mehta and Horst Stein, together with leading orchestras including recently the Berlin Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Budapest Symphony and the Mozarteum Orchestras.

Ramzi Yassa has recorded extensively, including Beethoven's five Piano Concertos and the Choral Fantasy with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El Saedi, a pioneering effort and main contribution, the first by Arab soloist, conductor and orchestra.