The Chamber Music Concert series started through researching and selecting eminent musicians in the United Arab Emirates. This involved daily travel to Dubai and establishing classical music offerings, which was to date not being easily accessible in the country to the general public and most importantly, students. The music series was initiated on the NYUAD campus as it integrates the philosophy of a liberal Arts Institution.

“Our mission is to develop, nourish and support artists and lovers of music as well as it is our responsibility to serve the arts and the artist to the highest quality possible”.

Maestro Rony Rogoff


Beethoven: Piano Sonata ‘The Tempest’ Op. 31 No. 2

Largo-Allegro Allegretto

Darriya Azim – Piano Emirati 1st prize winner of Fujairah International Competition

Franck: Sonata in A minor for violin and piano

(arranged for cello and piano by Jules Delsart)

Allegro ben moderato Allegro – Quasi lento – Tempo I Recitativo/fantasia (ben moderato – largamente – molto vivace)

Allegretto poco mosso

Benjamin Truchi, cello

Jordan Rashkov, piano


Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

(arranged for piano four hands by the composer)

Aldo Dotto, piano

Magdalena Wajdzyk, piano

Rony Rogoff, Maestro

“Rony Rogoff is the only violinist who uses the proper proportion for any given style and the best Mozart player in existence. He is one of the few who understands the meaning behind the notes and is capable of bringing it through.”Long time friend and mentor Sergiu Celibidache “Nobody has taught me more about the right hand. He imparts to his students the greatest possible insight into elementary principles and the problems of instrumental playing. In chamber music it is the thorough understanding of structure and the selfless devotion in the service of music. He supports this without being distracted by superficial success. His courses are all around more productive than any others that I have attended.” – Christian Ostertag, winner of the German Music Competition in Bonn, concertmaster of SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg and Baden-Baden.

Darriya Azim with her mom and the concert director Rony Rogoff
Darriya Azim with her mom and the concert director Rony Rogoff

Rony Rogoff was first taught by his father, a founding member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as by Ramy Shevelov. Rogoff than studied at the Juilliard School under Ivan Galamian and Dorothy De Lay. As a soloist, he has been accompanied by many orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His long lasting collaboration with Sergiu Celibidache was one of the most influential relationships in his professional life and the continuous exchange with many international first class artists has helped him develop into a highly regarded violin teacher.

Rogoff has conducted orchestras around the world, including within Europe, South America and Asia. In 1994, Rogoff founded orchestra in Italy, where he worked as the Permanent Musical and Artistic Director until 2002 In 2016, he joined New York University in Abu Dhabi to develop one of the regions first chamber and orchestral ensembles. Rogoff has encouraged a continuous open exchange with many other internationally acclaimed artists, orchestras and extraordinary students, a chamber all of whom have helped him to develop into one of the most experienced violin teachers and orchestra builders of our time.

Benjamin Truchi

Benjamin Truchi
Benjamin Truchi

French cellist Benjamin Truchi has established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists. He has performed in France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic,Israel, Belgium, United States, among others. Benjamin is recognized for his superlative artistry, his technical prowess, and his charismatic performing style. He began the cello at the age of 6 in Cannes, and entered the Nice Conservatoire, graduating with a 1st Prize in cello.

He then joined the National Academy of Paris (C.N.R.) and obtained his Perfectionnement in cello. At 17, he was accepted to the prestigious National Conservatory of Music in Paris (C.N.S.M.D.P.) where he graduated at the top of his class with a unanimous 1st Prizein He has performed as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Lysenko National Musical Academy of Lviv Opera Studio in Ukraine, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique Azuréen, Chamber Orchestra of Coted’Azur,among Most recently he is the 2012 Grand Prize and Public Prize winner of the 2012 Brahms International Competition, Austria, the 2011 Schlern International Music Festival Competition, Italy, and the top prize winner of the 2011 Eilat International Music Festival, Israel.

Dr. Rashkov

As a soloist and chamber musician Dr. Rashkov has collaborated with members of the Los Angeles philharmonic, New York City Opera, Nuernberg Symphony, Stuttgart Symphony, Hoffer Symphony, Austrian Youth Symphony orchestra, Vienna Volks Oper, Innsbruck State Theater, Salzbugr State Theater, USC Symphony and Burbank Symphony among others.

In 2006 Dr. Rashkov performed in the Hollywood production”Ivory” alongside Golden Globe and Academy Award winnin gartist MartinSome of his latest projects include a cd recording with American mezzo soprano Charlene Chi at the prestigious Fazioli concert hall in Sacile-Venice in Italy, followed by promotional tour. In the period 2016-2018 Dr. Rashkov frequently returned to Italy for chamber music recitals in Trieste and performances in Austria and Slovenia.

Over the past twenty years Dr. Rashkov has been frequently appearing in concert series and music productions throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA. He has performed in over 20 countries on three continents.

Among Rashkov’s teachers and major influences are world renowned names like German pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling, as well as Polish pianist Andrjey Yaszinsky, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and American piano legend Earl Wilde.A native of Bulgaria, Dr. Rashkov has earned his Master’s degree in piano performance at the University of the Arts “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Dr. Rashkov is a prize winner of numerous merit awards for his achievements in performance – Frank and Dunphy Kerze award (Los Angeles), The Career Development Grand (Los Angeles);Annual award of the president of University “Mozarteum”(Salzburg, Austria), LMC (Seattle,USA) Annual award by the Rotary Club(Vienna, Austria) among others. Dr. Rashkov is a frequent guest at prestigious music festivals in Augsburg(Germany), Hugo Wolf and Summer Festival in Austria, Lint (Slovenia), Lago di Garda (Italy) San Diego Concert Series, Manhattan Concert series, Beverly Hills series, Music under the Stars (Dubai, UAE) Al Ain Music Festival (UAE). His performances have been recorded by the Austrian Television(ORF), ZDF-Germany, RAI-Italy, Bulgarian and Slovenian National televisions, PBS – USA and the largest non-profit radio station for classical music in America-KUSC.

Magdalena Wajdzik, Piano

Magdalena is an award-winning pianist, chamber music performer and a piano pedagogue. Originally from Poland, Magdalenastarted playing piano at a very young age.Her love for music flourish during her formative years, leading her to pursue a piano degree at the Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, as well as The Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

Currently a piano professor at the Centre for Musical Arts in Dubai,she is among the most promising pianists of her generation. For the past few years she enjoyed a close relationship with the Atlantic Music Festival in the USA being the Fellow Piano Artist for the AMF Contemporary Ensemble.

Magdalena has been recognized as a soloist, chamber musician and rehearsal pianist in Poland, in the UK, in Hungary and in the USA. Hermost prestigious awards include the winner title of the Park Lane Group which led her to perform at the South Bank Centre in London,as well as a 2-year full scholarship, from Joseph Weingarten Trust, to undertake a postgraduate study at the prestigious Liszt Academy in Budapest. She has been a recipient of many British National Awards.Magdalena has been a joint-winner of Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Prize, and a finalist of Renna Kellaway Piano Prize, she also received a special prize (runner-up) at the Ambache Prize for the Performance of Music by Women Composers. Apart from competition prizes, she was also awarded the John Campbell Prize for a Keyboard Player (2008), Marjorie Hazlehurst Piano Award (2009) and the PG Cert (Music) Course Prize (2010) for over-all excellence. In August 2010 she was awarded the Third Prize in XIV International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow, Poland; and in 2011 she won the inaugural Peter Donohoe Prize, Renna Kellaway Piano Prize and Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall Prize.

Magdalena has been a strong influencer in growing Chamber Music in the UAE. She has performed numerous four-hands piano pieces with her piano duo partner, Aldo Dotto. She was also a part of UAE premiers of works by Shostakovich and Crumb. Fueling her creative energy and passion for contemporary music, she enjoys performs new compositions by established and emerging composer.

Magdalena appreciates jazz music and has just begun teaching this genre of music.She has also been chosen to adjudicate local music competition. She appeared as a jury member in House Music Competition in Dubai College, Dubai as well as 1st Fujairah International Piano Competition. She fulfills her spare time doing research on brain development which she believes that music has a great impact on.

Aldo Dotto, Piano

The Italian pianist Aldo Dotto achieved a Masters degree in piano with distinction at the ‘Boccherini’ Conservatory in Lucca Italy and at the ‘Szymanowski’ Music Academy in Poland in addition to four years diploma in Composition. Subsequently he received a Virtuosity Diploma at the Academia International in Coimbra Portugal under the guidance of MaestroAquiles Delle Vigne.

Since a young age he has been first prize winner of international competitions in Italy and Spain. He performed piano recitals and concert with orchestras in important concert halls as the San Carlos Theatre in Lisbon (Portugal), Chopin Hall in Seville(Spain), Theatre Gil Vicente in Coimbra, Sinfonia Varsovia (Warsaw),Wiener Saal in Salzburg (Austria) and others, collaborating with Orchestra ‘Catalani’, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, GiovaneOrchestra d’Abruzzo, Orchestra of the Conservatory ‘Cherubini’.

As a chamber musician he collaborated with musicians from Orchestra del Teatro La Scala, Orchestra Sinfonica Santa Cecilia, Symphonic Orchestra of Lodz.

He has been selected by Maestro Rony Rogoff to perform within the Chamber Music Series of the NYU Abu Dhabi. After years of research, Aldo wrote a book about the polish composer Karol Szymanowski, which was presented in many conservatories and universities in Italy and Poland and received good reviews by the critics. A passionate piano teacher, Aldo has taught piano in several public music schools in Italy and UAE.

Darriya Azim, Piano

Darriya Azim
Darriya Azim

Born in Dubai, Darriya began her musical journey at the age of 6 with Tarakanova Grantova. At the age of 16, she won the 2019 Fujairah Competition. Her father is Emirati national and mother is Russian.

Darriya Azim have successfully graduated from the Russian Music Center (Sharjah) in 2016 and completed the Trinity College exam with honors in 2017. She is the laureate of many competitions:* Markham Music Festival (Canada) in 2012 and 2013 (1st and 2nd prize)* Abu Dhabi Chopin Competition in 2014 (3rd prize)* International Competition of Prokofiev (Ekaterinburg, Russia) in 2015 (3rd prize)* Allegro II in 2016 (3rd prize)* Fujairah piano Competition 2019 (1st prize) Darriya is planning to pursue her further career in music by joining the Royal Conservatory of Music in London or Birmingham.