We are hearing that two dozen players have been dismissed by the sheikh-funded Gulf orchestra amid worsening financial conditions. The Philharmonic gives about 40 concerts a year and the players are mostly European.
Among those leaving are Daniel Edelhoff, Christoph Leroux, Kamil Musaev, Lilya and Alya Bekirova. Veronika Papai and Aniko Kovacs. We are trying to reach the players for confirmation.
From the website:
The orchestra was founded by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned in 2007. The orchestra of 101 musicians was chosen by a jury of international music professionals through auditions held in European and Arab countries. Selection criteria were driven by musician quality. The Philharmonic held its Inaugural Concert on October 30th, 2008, conducted by Lorin Maazel.