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Qatar Music Academy achieves Steinway accreditation


DOHA THE Qatar Music Academy (QMA) received the first All Steinway School accreditation in the Middle East at a ceremony at Katara, on Wednesday.

QMA opened in 2011 and is one of the newest member organisations of the Qatar Foundation. Its students have access to cutting-edge facilities, the finest instruments and tuition from renowned international musicians.

Speaking at the function, QMA Director Dr Abdul Ghafour al Heeti said, “The All Steinway School accreditation represents an important landmark in our short history and has enormous significance. It recognises that the QMA is dedicated to providing the highest possible quality facilities to our students.

“The accreditation places QMA in the company of many other illustrious institutions, and clearly demonstrates that we have already become the centre of musical education excellence in the entire region.” He spoke of the academy’s goals and achievements since its establishment.

“We are here to nurture the musical talents of the local community, and by giving them access to the crème de la crème of musical instruments, such as the Steinway piano, we give them the best possible opportunity to develop as musicians.

“In fact, the combination of the best instruments, teaching staff and curricula ensure that our students who took the recent Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams were some of the highest performing globally,” he said..

Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty and investment value since 1853. Steinway remains the choice of nine out of 10 concert pianists, and is the preferred piano of countless musicians throughout the world.

James Ledgerwood, regional sales manager of Steinway, said that “145 music schools worldwide have joined Steinway. Music knows no boundaries, be they geographical, political or religious. It speaks the international language.” Ledgerwood also noted that in receiving the All Steinway School accreditation, QMA joined the likes of the Juilliard School, one of the world’s best-known musical academies, and that even among them QMA was the “fastest-growing school in Steinway’s history”.

Anne-Marie Pigneguy, Head of Western Music at the QMA, noted that “The piano faculty is especially delighted to be able to offer students the opportunity to learn and perform on such world-class instruments.” Following the ceremony, students from the QMA performed works by composers like Handel, Bach and Beethoven on a Steinway piano.

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