March 30, 2023

Saudi training minister stresses worth of ‘qualitative, flexible’ instruction

RIYADH: Hungarian composer and pianist Gergely Boganyi has returned to Saudi Arabia, wherever he at first drew his inspiration to compose the 33-moment whole orchestra symphony devoted to AlUla.

“You know, it is effortless to say that you like a location, and there are various sites in the earth that I like incredibly significantly, but there was only a single place that I was motivated by, to compose a symphonic poem for a complete-sizing orchestra and that was AlUla,” Boganyi reported.

The musician and composer has devoted his career to undertaking worldwide and passing on his know-how as a result of mentoring.

Going to Arab News headquarters in Riyadh, Boganyi discussed his enjoy for performing in the Kingdom, his inventive composing process, and his insights into the increasing new music market in Saudi Arabia.

Hungarian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Balázs Selmeci with composer and pianist Gergely Boganyi at Arab News headquarters in Riyadh. (AN picture by Lama Alhamawi)

Boganyi is also the inventor of the Boganyi piano, the model of which preserves the common integrity of the instrument’s composition but makes use of modern day elements such as carbon fiber composite in the layout.

Boganyi performed his creation in the Kingdom in the course of his 1st take a look at.



“It was definitely astounding to arrive here with our new piano, to present the piano, and to play the initial concert in the heritage of Saudi Arabia back in 2017, each in Riyadh and in Jeddah,” he mentioned.

“It felt like I am a element of heritage … and I tried using to be humble and accountable enough to satisfy this mission.”

On his initial working day back again in Riyadh, the maestro executed a concert at the German Embassy, followed by a lecture and grasp class for pianists at the Saudi Tunes Fee.



“After the live performance, I was listening to some of the Saudi students, which was an completely one of a kind experience, a fantastic motion I would have never anticipated,” Boganyi expressed.

With the cultural and artwork sector in the Kingdom immediately increasing and empowering youthful abilities, there is so a lot potential to be uncovered.

“Our tradition and our daily life in the globe are usually relatively overcooked from time to time. Consequently, I see a historic probability listed here wherever musical education has not been a section of hundreds of several years of schooling,” he extra.

When mentoring the Saudi college students, the composer noticed an “honest” and easy methodology to their performances.

“Well, it was a amazing expertise to see the dedication and the honest angle of the Saudi learners. I was truly moved by it straight away,” Boganyi reported.

He highlighted that with these types of skills and simplicity, there is an option to create one thing extraordinary in the Kingdom.

“I have witnessed wonderful developments already considering the fact that I have been listed here the past time (in 2019). There is a historic opportunity to immediate musical and educational daily life in a definitely strong way at this minute,” he explained.

Gergely Boganyi (photograph by Saad Alenzi)

On his check out to the Kingdom in 2019, Boganyi self-composed a symphony motivated by the lovely landscapes of AlUla.

“I have visited AlUla, the historic position, metropolis, and environment, and I was deeply moved by what I had found,” he explained.

Boganyi composed a symphony dedicated to the four elements of AlUla that he drew inspiration from — the land, flavors and smells, night time sky and the soaring solar.

“The smells, not only of the meals and the coffee which I like pretty a great deal, but the scent of nature as well,” he said. “The night, which is silent in the desert, but nevertheless there is a mystical information in just the silence mainly because the silence is not a lifeless silence.”

Boganyi also shed gentle on his creative system.

“Composition is the most complex inspiration, which targets the audience in the to start with spot. So, for example, for the AlUla symphony poem, I was trying to mix the Western musical culture with the Arabic musical flavor and present it in a musically easy to understand fashion,” he reported.

The composer aimed to build a “romantic movie approach” to the symphony that designed a religious link to each individual individual.

“The essence of the composition is as a result of the soul of a man or woman, so I need to be very open-minded, but also the soul will have to be open up toward the folks that are heading to pay attention to it,” he spelled out.

The composer committed three months, working day and night, to the 33-minute symphony.



“I am moved by the ability of the scene, of the place and the sand and the dunes and the rock, and then the sunlight as very well, and when it rises it is these types of an emotional second, and the fourth motion is like the victory of the light in excess of the darkness,” he claimed

The composer advised Arab News that he was born into a musical spouse and children, so he took up the piano and other instruments quickly.

“We are 4 siblings, and we were all born inside of five a long time, so we are pretty shut to every other, and we ended up all born into the songs, so I really don’t even recall when I begun to participate in the piano,” Boganyi stated.

“Right absent going to the piano and it experienced this kind of an attraction that I could not resist, and then it was the most pure matter that I grew to become a musician,” he highlighted.

On Tuesday night, he concluded his pay a visit to with his next performance in Riyadh, that includes new music by some of the greatest composers, these as Chopin and Liszt.

When asked if he would make any long run visits or performances to the Kingdom, he reported: “As significantly as I am concerned, I am all set to appear back again subsequent week.”