(Press-release) Music for Myanmar, Yangon’s charity event of the season in Traders Myanmar Ball Room on 28th November, will be a magical evening of music with two leading European soloists, Héloïse Geoghegan, violin, and Gloria Campaner, piano. Organized by Link for Aid and Traders Hotel, the proceeds of the evening will go to support their charitable work for deaf and dumb and disadvantaged children in Myanmar and towards the building of a school in Yangon to provide free education for 850 children.
Link for Aid, founded by a group of professionals in travel, media and communications, is an independent, non-profit association based in Rome that brings and restores dignity and self-reliance to the lives of poor, underprivileged and deaf children in Myanmar and Cambodia. “We having been bringing aid to deaf and dumb children in Myanmar for some years. Last year we contributed to a chefs’ training course for 8 of them who are now doing their internships in luxury hotels and restaurants in Yangon. We are also helping to set up English classes for children in small villages,” says Pamela McCourt Francescone, founder of Link for Aid “Organizing this charity concert together with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts is an exciting and unique opportunity, allowing us to use culture to broaden our fund-raising activites. It is wonderful to be working with Phillip Couvaras, general manager of Traders Hotel, towards a common goal, which is to provide access to all levels of education for chidren who are on the fringes of society in Myanmar. Our aim is to help them acquire the levels of education and skills that will open up new opportunities and allow them to aspire to a better future.” “Traders Hotel has always taken a leading role in making a contribution to the poor in and around our community. We want to make a really meaningful difference to the lives of children and their families, and by working practically we also want to set examples for others to follow. Thanks to our partnership with Link for Aid we welcome this opportunity to use music as an inspiring way to further our objectives” says Phillip Couvaras, general manager Traders Hotel Yangon.
The Music for Myanmar charity evening is for a noble cause, stars two brilliant young highly-acclaimed musicians, will be the first concert organized by Link for Aid and Traders, and will be followed by others starring internationally-known celebrities and artists who will donate their skills, passions and hearts to help the children of Myanmar. Heloise Geoghegan and Gloria Campaner have been invited by Link for Aid and Traders Hotel to perform together for the first time in Yangon, and during their stay will also give master classes to young Burmese piano and violin students in the Gitameit School of Music. “To be asked to become involved with these charities is a privilege. It means a lot to Gloria and I to perform in Yangon and to be able to reach out to young Burmese musicians, using our music to help Link for Aid and Traders shape a better future for so many children in need in Myanmar”.
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About the artists
Héloïse Geoghegan born in Ireland is considered one of the leading talents of her generation. In 2010 she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York and The Wigmore Hall in London to great critical acclaim. At the age of 16 she was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ award and made her first recording of Saint Saens Violin Concerto no.3 with the Radio Orchestra of Ireland. Héloïse studied in Florence and completed her Masters Degree in 2009 with 1st class honors at the Mendelssohn Conservatory of Music in Leipzig, Germany. Héloïse has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician in Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, USA and Canada. She holds an annual masterclass for the Mozart Association of Italy in Umbria and is Professor of Violin in the ‘Conservatorio Stanislao Giacomantonio’ in Italy. Héloïse Geoghegan plays a Carcassi violin ( Florence 1731).
Gloria Campaner was born in Jesolo (Venice) and made her debut, aged eleven, with the Veneto Orientale Orchestra. In 2009 she won the International Ibla Grand Prize’ – Top Winner and Special Prokofiev Prize. In 2010 she toured the United States, playing at the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Disney Hall in Los Angeles among other major venues. She has also performed in Warsaw, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and Salzburg, and held masterclasses in Italy, Istanbul, Astana, and Hangzhou. Gloria released her first CD earlier this year with EMI Italy with music by Schumann and Rachmaninov.