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Duo Amal | 8th Annual International Music Festival

26 March 2022 | 7:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry


Virtuoso concert pianists Yaron Kohlberg of Israel and Bishara Haroni of Palestine make up the two halves of Duo Amal. Their name “Amal” means “Hope” in Arabic, reflecting their belief that music can overcome different backgrounds and cultural boundaries. The Sydney Morning Herald noted that “the virtuoso pianists bear testament to the capacity of music to transcend conflicts that have proved intractable”. 

Check out the full 8th Annual International Music Festival lineup at: mbaw.org/imf


Duo Amal

Originated in the conflicted Middle East, Duo Amal was formed by international pianists Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni. The duo’s name, Amal, means hope in Arabic and reflects their belief that music can overcome different backgrounds and cultural boundaries. The Sydney Morning Herald noted that “the virtuoso pianists known as Duo Amal bear testament to the capacity of music to transcend conflicts that have proved intractable”.  World-famous conductor Zubin Mehta wrote: “Haroni and Kohlberg are two excellent pianists.. This duo is not only a sign of friendship between their peoples but a music collaboration to enjoy”.

Following their first joint performance at a peace concert in the Oslo Opera House in 2008, they have played numerous concerts in such renowned concert halls as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Beijing concert hall, Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Melbourne recital center, Sala São Paulo in Brazil, Gran Teatro Nacional in Bogota, Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. They have also performed at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva and have been invited to the Vatican for a concert for the Pope as part of the global education day, which has since been postponed due to COVID 19.  The duo combines two-piano solo performances with orchestra and recitals in traditional concert halls with educational outreach and workshops in order to promote their vision.  

Yaron and Bishara are also active in the world of music as presenters and soloists. Mr. Kohlberg is the president of Piano Cleveland, the presenter of the world-renowned Cleveland international piano competition, in which he won the silver medal in 2007 performing in the finals with the Cleveland orchestra. He has won over 10 international piano competition prizes and performed in venues such as the Kremlin in Moscow, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Forbidden City concert hall in Beijing. He speaks six languages including Mandarin Chinese. His vision of expanding audiences through accessible programming and supporting musicians has resulted in Piano Cleveland’s online piano competition ‘virtualoso’ which supported artists during the COVID 19 pandemic and ‘the listening series’ — all reaching thousands of viewers worldwide. 

Mr. Haroni is the founder and director of ‘Bestival’, an international festival which brings together performances of Arab, Jewish and traditional classical music. He recently launched the Be Major foundation which supports young musicians in the Middle East. As soloist Bishara has performed with major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Valencia Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic and collaborated with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. He performed in various chamber music concerts at locations such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Salzburg Mozarteum.  He completed his studies at the Hanover School of Music and Dance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

– Are tickets required for entry to the concert?
Yes, but they are free! Seating is first-come-first-served.

– How do I get a ticket?
Tickets are available on this page, mbaw.org/imf or on Eventbrite

– Why can I only get two tickets at a time? What if I bring my family?
Because of a large amount of duplicating information coming through on our end, ticket numbers are reserved for two maximum, but this does not mean you are restricted access to two people only. As long as one member of the party presents their ticket at the door, any party size will be allowed in. Any member of your party may also register for tickets separately if they so choose.

– What do I show at the door?
To help our attendants, please have your ticket ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code on your ticket (print, email, or app).

– What if I forget to get a ticket(s) or don’t have one when I get there?
An attendant at the door can help you register and get in quickly and easily. If you have registered but have forgotten the ticket, an attendant can pull up your name and check you in manually.

– What are the current health protocols I need to follow?
Masks are currently strongly encouraged. The event organizer may make the decision to require masks at any time leading up to the event.

– How do I get to the San Fernando Cathedral? Where do I park?
The San Fernando Cathedral lies at the center of downtown San Antonio at: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205.

While there is no dedicated parking for the Cathedral, there are many close parking options. City Paystations and meters are FREE on Sundays, and you can find more info and options on our website here.

There are three (3) main entrances to the Cathedral: two (2) main front (east) entrances off Main Plaza and one (1) side entrance for wheelchair-accessibility on the left (south) side.

– Can I take picture(s) or video(s)?
No flash photography. We ask that you limit photos or videos to a minimum during the actual performance as a courtesy to our artists.

Any other questions? Contact us.


26 March 2022
7:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States