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30/11/2023 à 20:00

Event Artists


Antonine University Choir
Notre-Dame University Choir
Lebanese Orchestra
Armenian State Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Dahdah, Tenor
Cesar Naassy, Baritone
Kyubin Chung, Piano
Toufic Maatouk, Conductor

Limited seats are available. Book your ticket 5 days prior to each concert.


Artist's Biography

One of the leading choirs in Lebanon, Antonine University Choir was founded in Baabda-Lebanon 1978. It has contributed since the eighties in the cultural enrichment of the Lebanese musical life with its repertory.

UA choir has performed in Rome, Milan, Nice, Lyon, Monaco, St. Étienne, Doha, Dubai, Al Aïn in United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Tbilisi, Paris, New york, Los Angeles, Muscat, Naples, Venice, Helsinki and Manhaus Brazil. It has participated in the Classical Music Festival of Al Ain(United Arab Emirates 2008-2009), Al Bustan International Festival (2009 to 2019), Byblos International Festival (2010-2011-2013-2014), Baalbeck International Festival (2011-2018-2020), Beirut Chants Festival-Lebanon (2008 to 2021), Ehdeniyat (2016), Tbilisi Opera Festival (2012), Festival d’Ile de France (2012-2013), and Bahrain International Music Festival (2013) Abu Dhabi Festival (2022). In May 2010, April 2013 and May 2015, the choir performed at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York. It made its Los Angeles debut in April 2014, performing at the LA City Hall. In November 2016, the choir also made its debut at the San Carlo opera house. In addition, the choir has represented Lebanon in the opening of the Lebanese Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017. In October 2019, Antonine University Choir performed at the Manhaus Opera House in Brazil. In December 2022, the choir will perform Handel’s Messiah in Jordan with the Amman Chamber Orchestra.


With more than a dozen concerts per season, numerous recordings and publications, as well as many international awards, the Notre Dame University Choir is one of Lebanon and the region’s outstanding choirs. A broad repertoire, a richly warm sound, an unmistakable interpretation all contributes to make it a permanent partner of the international festivals, and the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductors, where it functions as a musical ambassador for Beirut in the great concert halls around the world.

Along with the symphonic choral central repertoire, the annual season programing of the choir includes a wide range of Lebanese music, in close cooperation with celebrated composers, such as Iyad Kanaan, Gabriel Yared and Valentino Miserachs Grau, with the aim of developing and growing the Lebanese choral repertoire. Furthermore, Notre Dame University Choir is constantly developing new and unusual ways of experiencing choral music.

Since its establishment in 1993, it has been shaped by Reverend Khalil Rahme, a Maronite Mariamite monk, who returned to Beirut after completing his music studies in Rome, to found the choir and the School of Music at Notre Dame University, in addition to his numerous entrusted tasks at the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music.


Armenian State Symphony Orchestra:

Now a celebrated symphony orchestra at home and overseas, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra emerged from a group of devout enthusiasts of classical music with the shared vision of championing spiritual excellence through music and upholding the musical traditions of their native Armenia. Reputed to have finely distinct quality of sound and emotionally charged performance style, the orchestra has long become an awaited guest in leading concert halls around the world.

The orchestra performs over 50 concerts in Armenia and across the world annually. The rich and diverse repertoire of the orchestra covers multiple genres and performance formats, ranging from symphonies to ballet and opera music to symphonic arrangements of popular and cinematic music or jazz interpretations of classical music. Along with recurrent debut performances of great masterpieces from the world heritage of classical music, the orchestra places a considerable importance in exposing contemporary and young composers as well, featuring new works in its mainstream programming throughout concert seasons.

Together with its Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Sergey Smbatyan, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has established four annual classical music festivals, hosting in Armenia a multitude of internationally renowned virtuoso performers and conductors over years, including artists such as
Gil Shaham, Mischa Maisky, Steven Isserlis, Maxim Vengerov, Mikhail Pletnev, Gautier Capuçon, Sergey Khachatryan, Andreas Ottensamer, Ning Feng, Jօseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson, Dmitry Yablonsky, Hannu Lintu, John Malkovich and many others. The orchestra treasures years of friendship and cooperation with remarkable contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, Tigran Mansuryan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giya Kancheli, Sir Karl Jenkins and Qigang Chen.

By virtue of its belief in the meaningful dialogue between classical music and modern technologies,
the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is profiled as a highly tech-driven and innovative orchestra, with a perpetual pursuit of experimental diversity by leveraging AI and other high-tech solutions in its artistic endeavors.

The orchestra has a growing input in the education of young people in Armenia. Launched in 2018, the DasA program strives to incite curiosity, understanding and liking for classical music among high school students. The program is designed to bring the youth and high quality musical art closer together and share entertaining knowledge about classical music. The orchestra also targets university students in the framework of the “My Symphonic” project, conducting focus group discussions, meeting sessions and providing invitations to concerts, adopting them to meet to the needs of the new generation. Aside from educational programs, master classes with prominent artists are held frequently for young musicians.

With a committed awareness of its social responsibility, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra ensures the cultural engagement of vulnerable social groups by regularly issuing invitations and making available complimentary attendances to the orchestra’s performances, along with involving in charity concerts and events for fundraising purposes.


Known for his striking stage presence and deep warm voice, Cesar finds himself particularly well in the works of Mozart. His notable vocal agility and cantabile voice, also allow him to tackle the Belcanto repertoire of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Some of the roles he performed on stage include Raimondo in “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Dulcamara in “Elisir d’amore”, Don Alfonso in “Così fan tutte”, Bartolo in “Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro in “Die Zauberflöte”, The king of Scotland in “Ariodante” and newer works, such as Superintendant Bud in Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring”.

Since the start of his singing career, he has performed on the international stage in renowned theatres, such as “Teatro San Carlo” in Naples, “Teatro Flavio Vespasiano” in Rieti, “Auditorium della Concigliazione” in the Vatican, “Teatro di Ostia antica” in Rome, all the way to “Théatre de l’Opéra de Montreal” and “Théatre Monument National” in Montreal.

He has had the privilege to work with world renowned directors such as Charles Binamé, and has studied with international artists such as,Elisabeth Norberg Schultz, Caterina Ditonno, Cinzia Forte, Roberto Frontali and Toufic Maatouk. He also holds two Masters degrees in Musicology and Performance from the prestigious McGill University in Montreal.


Joseph Dahdah, Tenor:

Tenor Joseph Dahdah was born in Zgharta, Lebanon in 1992. He began studying singing and piano at the age of 12. After arriving in Italy, he continued his studies in Rome with Raina Infantino and later at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Briccialdi in Terni, where he obtained a three-year diploma in 1st level and a 2nd level diploma in Lyrical Singing with honors (110/110) under the guidance of mezzo-soprano Ambra Vespasiani. He has participated in numerous masterclasses with renowned artists such as Richard Barker, Luca Salsi, Eva Mei, Bruno de Simone, and Tatiana Chivarova. Joseph has performed in numerous operas, oratorios, concerts, and festivals in Lebanon, Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. He then joined the Academy of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. As a solo tenor, Joseph has performed in the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s “Per lo corpo luce” conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, Beethoven’s “Fantasia” conducted by Manfred Honeck, and Liszt’s “Faust Symphony” conducted by Marc Albrecht. Among his operatic roles, he has portrayed the Sergeant in Umberto Giordano’s “Siberia” at the Teatro del Maggio, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda; Barbarigo in “I due Foscari” alongside Placido Domingo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2022; Radamès in a production of “Aida” for Venti Lucenti at the Cavea del Teatro del Maggio; Ein Uffizier in “Ariadne auf Naxos”; Un messo in “Il trovatore”; Don Riccardo in “Ernani”; Araldo reale and Conte di Lerma in “Don Carlo” conducted by Daniele Gatti; Soldier and Herzog von Parma in Ferruccio Busoni’s “Doktor Faust” conducted by Cornelius Meister; Gastone in “La Traviata” conducted by Zubin Mehta; and various solo tenor roles including Pulcinella in Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” conducted by Daniele Gatti, the Te Deum by A. Bruckner, Cassio in Verdi’s “Otello,” and lately he made his debut in Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville singing Pollione in Bellini’s Norma.


Kyubin Chung, Piano:

Kyubin Chung was born in Korea in 1997.  He studied at the Korea National University of Arts with Prof. Daejin Kim and completed his bachelor’s degree in 2020.  He also studied orchestra conducting as a minor.

He has won numerous prizes, including 1st prize at the Isang Yun International Competition, 1st prize at the Tokyo International Competition, 3rd prize at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition and 6th prize at the Vienna International Beethoven Piano Competition.

He has appeared as a soloist with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and others.

Since October 2020 he has been studying his Master of Music with Prof. Antti Siirala at the University of Music and Theater in Munich.


Toufic Maatouk, is one of the most compelling conductors of his generation. In the 2012 season, Maatouk began his tenure as Artistic Director of the Beirut Chants Festival in Lebanon. He is also Guest Conductor of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013 and a Guest Conductor of the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra Orchestra since 2017. Maatouk was appointed Artistic Director and Choir Master of the Antonine University Choir, in August 2005 and Head of the vocal department in the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music since October 2015. Maatouk has been Head of Academy of the Saudi Music Hubs in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) founded by the Saudi Ministry of culture and been selected as Academic Board member at the Global Leaders Program (USA). Lately, he was appointed Executive Manager for Programming at the Abu Dhabi Festival (UAE).

He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Istituto Pontificio di Musica Sacra (Pims) in Rome where he conducted and published different studies on the syro-maronite chants. As chief conductor, Toufic Maatouk has led the Antonine University choir for more than 18 years.

In 2020, Maatouk was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic as “Cavaliere dell’Ordine Della Stella d’Italia” and been nominated by the Peace and Prosperity Trust (UK) as Artistic adviser to the Trust.

He collaborated with several orchestras, festivals and theatres including Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo (Napoli), Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea (Palermo), Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta (Rome), New England symphonic ensemble (New York), Los Angeles Sinfonietta Orchestra (Los Angeles), Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Kiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), Al-Bustan International Festival, Baalbeck International Festival, Byblos International Festival (Lebanon), Festival d’ile de France (Paris), Carnegie Hall (New York), Global Leaders Program (New York),Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Roma), Teatro di San Carlo (Napoli), Académie de l’Opéra de Paris, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), Romanian Radio (Bucharest), Al-Ain Music Festival (UEA), Bahrain International Music Festival (Bahrain).

He performed also with world-renowned artists such Maria Agresta, Jessica Pratt, Joyce El Khoury, Daniela Barcellona, Carmen Giannatasio, Laura Giordano, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Paolo Fanale, Giorgio Berrugi, Krzysztof Baczyk, Mirco Palazzi, Seong-Jin Cho, Dmitry Masleev, Jack Swanson, Anna Maria Labin, Eric Le Sage, Xavier De Maistres, Faycal Karaoui, Gabriele Ferro, Francesca Dego, Modigliani Quartet, Kodaly Quartet, Boris Andrianov, Alexander Ghindin, Caterina Di Tonno, Rosa Bove, Leonardo Cortellazzi and others.

He has been invited as a jury member to several prestigious competitions as the Ottavio Ziino International Liric Competition (Italy), Voce Verdiane International Competition (Italy) and the Biennale des Quatuors à cordes (Philharmonie de Paris).

He collaborates with many Orchestras such as Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra (Lebanon), Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo (Italy), Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea (Italy), Roma Sinfonietta (Italy), New England Symphonic Ensemble (USA), Los Angeles Sinfonietta Orchestra (USA), Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Kiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukranine), Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra (Bucharest).

Maatouk published his new book on the Syro-Maronite tradition with Geuthner’s edition in Paris. Different articles are published in international musicology journals and 13 CD on the Maronite tradition with the Antonine University chorus.
Lately, he has been Jury member at the 21st edition of the Ottavio Ziino International Competition in Italy (September 2022). Upcoming schedule includes  two  concerts with the Radio Romania Chamber Orchestra (March 2023).


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