THE EMIRATES YOUTH
EYSO is a unique group of young musicians in the U.A.E and the Arab world at large, committed to charitable and humanitarian efforts and devoted to cultivating the musical talent of young children, by creating a cultural and artistic environment by children for an adult audience.
Meet the Conductor
Mr. Riad Kudsi is a national of Syria and Czech Republic. He was born in Aleppo Syria in 1950 from a musical family. He started learning violin from his father at the age of eight. In 1967, he graduated from the National Institute of Music with Distinction. In 1970 he was awarded a special scholarship for talented musicians to complete his higher studies in music in Prague which required him to give up his engineering studies in Architecture. He graduated from the conservatoire in Prague with distinction in 1974 and received yet another scholarship to complete his studies at the Higher Academy in Prague, where he received a Masters of Art degree in 1979. He taught violin in several distinguished institutes for music in Prague, Paris and Syria.
Mr. Kudsi has played violin recitals with piano and violin soloist in orchestra in many European and Arabic countries. He has also made several radio and television recordings in Prague and Damascus. He formed the Syrian Trio and Syrian Chamber Orchestra and produced many musical programs for the Syrian Radio and Television. Mr. Kudsi established the Emirates Children’s String Orchestra in early 1993. Later in 2002 and after expanding the number of musicians to over 40 performers, the name was changed to Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra.
A Word From The Conductor
It is such a great feeling when a person contributes to building a cultural and educational model in a country like the United Arab Emirates; where no efforts are spared to reach the highest levels of achievements in education, culture, and science and calls for love, peace and equality for all nations. This Orchestra exemplifies this direction by encompassing members from the UAE and Dozens of different nations living in the Emirates. It is equally a rewarding feeling when such efforts and contributions are directed towards future generations so that they blossom in talented youngsters and children into fantastic results. The achievements of the UAE Children’s Symphony Orchestra during the twenty-five years since its establishment and until now have been progressing and achievements for reflection and study, and are considered to be the nucleus of the National Symphony Orchestra of the United Arab Emirates.
I also do not forget all the children who have been punished for the orchestra since its inception and until now they have all my love and appreciation for their efforts to make this orchestra successful.
EYSO has received several awards and certificates of appreciation from Government and private sector for our humanitarian cultural and charity concerts performed for over one decade. Some of these awards are shown below.
TECOM Investment Pearl Award
Rashed Pediatric Therapy Center – Dubai
Disney World – Magic Music Days – France
Antonio Dvorak Music School – Czech Republic
Medcins Sans Frontiers – Dubai
Dubai Shopping Festival – Dubai