Similarly, the country itself has been making progress by leaps and bounds in all fields.
Meister, a German national, said, “I joined the QPO in June 2007 when the orchestra body was actually formed. Since then, there have been a lot of positive changes in Qatar and in classical music.”
Kurt Meister was nominated the managing director of the QPO in 2007 and in 2011 he was named the executive director of the orchestra.
Meister, who has spent his life in managing and running orchestral events, said, “In the beginning it was really hard and difficult to find audience for classical orchestral music in Qatar. Things however improved with the passage of time. Initially, we did not have halls and facilities to arrange our shows. Now the situation is lot better.”
Meister – a graduate of the Academy of Music in Munich, where he studied bassoon – added, “I have a lot of experience in orchestral music, especially in classical music from Eastern Europe. My experience in Qatar is however different. There is variety of audience and different kinds of orchestral music in Qatar. It is fast becoming a fusion of western and eastern classical music.”
He started his music career with commitments with the German theatres such as Aachen, Essen and Mainz. He then played the bassoon in the Bavarian State Opera from 1973 until 1989.
The QPO executive director noted, “Today we have over 140 people associated with the Orchestra and they come from as many as 20 different countries. We have bigger and beautiful halls for performances at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The smallest of the halls has the capacity to accommodate 500 people and our programmes and concerts frequently sell out.”
Meister took over the management of the Bavarian State Opera in 1976 and was responsible for academy concerts with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Carlos Kleiber, Karl Böhm and Rafael Kubelik.