Etihad Airways, Alitalia and the Embassy of Italy in Kuala Lumpur recently brought world-renowned musicians Mauro Maur and Francoise De Clossey to Malaysia to celebrate the Occasion of Italy’s Presidency to the European Union.

The duo performed The Great Music of Italian Cinema for an audience of more than 450 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Plenary Theatre. The exclusive, invitation-only event was attended by diplomats, the business community and prominent members of Malaysian society.

Dave Walsh, Etihad Airways’ General Manager for Malaysia, musical duo Francoise De Clossey (Pianist) and Maestro Mauro Maur (Trumpeter) and His Excellency Mario Sammartino, Italian Ambassador to Malaysia

Dave Walsh, Etihad Airways’ General Manager for Malaysia, musical duo Francoise De Clossey (Pianist) and Maestro Mauro Maur (Trumpeter) and His Excellency Mario Sammartino, Italian Ambassador to Malaysia

Mauro Maur is widely recognised as one of the world’s most accomplished trumpet players, with a repertoire extending from the great baroque concertos, to the classics, contemporaries and the great music of cinema. Since forming a duet with pianist Francoise De Clossey in 2003, the pair has enjoyed wide international acclaim.

Italian Ambassador to Malaysia Mario Sammartino said: “We are pleased to have brought Mauro Maur and Francoise De Clossey to Kuala Lumpur and, through the medium of music, brought a little piece of Italy to Malaysia.”

Mr Sammartino also thanked partner airlines Etihad Airways and Alitalia for supporting the musical duo’s flights and for providing them with a seamless travel experience from Venice to Kuala Lumpur.

Etihad Airways flies to 110 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.  Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is in the process of formalising equity investments in Alitalia and Swiss-based Etihad Regional (Operated by Darwin Airline).

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