As a result of the gracious directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, originating from His sublime taste of classical music and culture; He was the driving force behind estalishing the core of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchistra in September 1985. Therefore, the decision was taken to recruit young Omani musicians (male and female) who were keen to go ahead with a new world of music. This was a unique idea from the outset and a rare and courageous step full of confidence and courage.
These young musicians began their musical training under the instruction and directives of professional musicians from different parts of the world. With the passage of time, their musical talents grew and they soon began taking examinations from the Associated Board of Music in Britain and thereby attaining recongnized qualifications.
On 1st July 1987 the ROSO, under the patronage of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, perofrmed its debut concert. To date, the total number of concerts exceeds over 100 both public and private, both inside and outside the Sultanate. There have been many landmarks in the history of the ROSO including their appearance in 1996 with Lord Menuhin and in 2005 with Dr Subrimanium, both world famous violinists. Many other world renowned conductors and musicians have graced the stage with ROSO such as Dimitri Alexeyev, Russell Keable, Malcolm Binney and Simon Wright to name but a few.
In 2010, the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 25th Anniversary and plans are afoot to record this occasion. Many of the original members are still playing in the Orchestra. The future holds enormous promise for these Omani players and with effort, ability and knowledge we shall have the potential to produce a new generation of Oman Coductors and Composers, who will participate in developing Oman Classical Music.
The success of this young orchistra of talented Oman players whose commitment and dedication to their art is highly commended and attributed to the gracious directives of His Majesty and his vision and confidence in founding this orchestra.