Nov. 25/2021


Baabdath – The New Church
Thursday November 25, 2021
8:00 pm

Physically distanced seating . Mandatory face mask
First come first seated
No Reservations/No Tickets
Doors Open at 7:15 pm



M. BONIS (1858-1937)
Sonata for Flute & Piano
Andantino con moto
Scherzo: Vivace
 Finale: Moderato

C.P.E. BACH (1714-1788)
Sonata for solo Flute in A minor, H.562 (1747)
Poco Adagio

W. STENHAMMAR (1871-1927)
Romance Sentimentale nr. 2 in F minor for Flute & Piano, Op.28 (1910)


F. POULENC (1899-1963)
Sonata for Flute & Piano, FP.164 (1857)
Allegro malinconico
Presto giocoso

J. SIBELIUS (1865 – 1957)
Valse Triste nr. 1 for solo Piano, Op. 44 (1904)

W. GIESEKING (1895-1956)
Sonatine for Flute & Piano (1937)

Wissam Boustany (Flute)

One of only a few flutists to have launched a successful career as an international soloist, Wissam Boustany is a performer who inspires audiences with his energetic and communicative music-making. His flute has taken him on numerous tours to Europe, the Middle-East, Far East, USA and Latin America, where he continues to present many concerts, master-classes and workshops.

Born in Lebanon, Wissam Boustany began his musical studies in Beirut with his stepfather. He moved to Britain in 1977 where he studied at Chetham’s School of Music & the Royal Northern College of Music. He has received many awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He was also the Silver Medallist in the Shell/LSO Competition and won the 2nd prize in the woodwind section of the first ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’.

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    Wissam’s experiences of the war in Lebanon have greatly influenced his outlook on both Life and Music. In 1995 he founded Towards Humanity, a multi-decade international initiative working with musicians and charities, helping communities who suffer from the tragedies of war. This project was inaugurated in February 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood by the Lebanese government (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre) in recognition of his music and peace work. On 3rd February 1998 he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Embracing a wide repertoire, Wissam has developed a keen interest in introducing the music of today within the context of imaginative program planning, combining the innovative with the traditional. Amongst the composers who have written for him: Beat Furrer, Alun Hoddinott, Simon Holt, Tarek Younis, Carl Witt, Houtaf Khoury, Bushra el-Turk, Sian Bracey, Pierre Thilloy and Boghos Gelalian. He has also given the world premieres of Paul Reade’s Concerto, Hotaf Khoury’s Mirror of Eternity, Walid Howrani’s Life Cycle, Peter Cowdrey’s Land of the Prophets and Carl Witt’s This Invisible World. As an orchestral musician, Wissam Boustany was closely associated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Claudio Abbado in the early 1980s, with whom he appeared as soloist on the award winning Deutsche Grammophone recording of ‘Il Viaggio a Rheims’. Five solo CDs are currently also available: Wandering Winds, Sounds from Within, Vivaldi’s Children, Mirror of Eternity and This Invisible World.

    In recent years Wissam has fused his teaching which has become known as his ‘Method Called Love’ with a keen interest in conducting, which resulted in two tours with the Pro Youth Philharmonia. Wissam continues to use his music as a powerful healing force to open the doors of inspiration between people and nations, and help us reflect on our common humanity.

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    Tatiana Primak Khoury (Piano)

    Tatiana Primak-Khoury is a sensitive player, who has managed to convey the multiplicity of moods the composers featured displayed in their music and is a great ambassador for this small country’s rich musical heritage.

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    The Ukrainian – Lebanese pianist Tatiana Primak Khoury began her concert career in her native Ukraine before extending her activities to concerts in Europe, America and the Middle East. A laureate of national and international piano competitions in Ukraine, she graduated with honors at Kiev Lysenko Special Music School in 1991 followed by a master’s degree at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev, 1996. In 1998 she moved to Lebanon and since then has been committed to expanding the boundaries of traditional repertoire constantly searching and adding new Contemporary pieces such as works by Ovchinnikov, Rautavaara, Saygun, Roxanna Panufnik and many others to her growing repertoire and devoting her interest to performing rarely heard works by Ukrainian and Lebanese composers such as Lyatochinsky, Ishenko, Kolodub,Lysenko,Kosenko, Skorik, Stankovich, Liashenko, Anis Fuleihan,Toufic Succar,Georges Baz,Bechara El Khoury, Houtaf Khoury, Abdallah Masri, and Gabriel Yared , in addition to ther major repertoire.

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    Married to Lebanese composer Houtaf Khoury, she has given several premieres of his piano works including his Piano concerto N.1 with the Ukrainian National Orchestra in 1996, Piano concerto N.2 “ Angel of Light” with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012, three piano sonatas and other works. She released several CD albums with various classical and contemporary piano works. Her recent (November 2016)cd, produced in collaboration with Bavarian Radio and released by international label “Grand piano” was dedicated to solely Lebanese piano music and received high praise of music critics Worldwide. Tatiana Primak Khoury serves as an Artist-In-residence at the University of Balamand and teaches at the National Lebanese Conservatory of Music.

    A selection of paintings by Raouf Rifai (Harmony 2020/21 – Acrylic on canvas) is exhibited in the space allocated for the concert.