The 2nd round of the international children’s musical television competition “The Nutcracker“, ended in Moscow yesterday, as the finalists were determined in its three branches.
Mariam Abu Zahra (13 years old) is one of the three competitors who reached the finals in stringed instruments. She came from Austria, and she is a student of the famous violinist Dora Schwarzberg.
Mariam belongs to an artistic family; her mother who accompanied her is the professional pianist Nora Emudi, her father is the Egyptian pianist Ahmed Abu Zahra, and her grandfather is the famous Egyptian actor Abdel Rahman Abu Zahra.
“Today, I was thinking about my sister all the time. She is now in Hungary watching “The Nutcracker” on the internet. I’m so happy to reach the finals and I listened to the other competitors and their artistic level was very high,” Mariam said on the Russian cultural Channel.
The finals will take place in the concert hall of Tchaikovsky in the center of Moscow on Dec 6. It will be broadcast live on the Russian Cultural Channel.
“The Nutcracker” is an annual international television music competition for children under the age of 14 years old. The competition is hosted by the Russian Cultural Channel “TVP Kultura.” It was founded in 2000, and it has been held annually since then in three branches; piano, wind instruments and percussion, and stringed instruments.
Contributed by Israa Farhan