Music Toronto - Chamber Music Downtown
piano
SALEEM ABBOUD ASHKAR
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8 pm

piano
SALEEM ABBOUD ASHKAR
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8 pm

Born in 1976 in Nazareth, Israel, pianist Saleem Ashkar is a double minority in his home country: he is of Palestinian Christian background. In Israel he had encouragement from Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. Ashkar went on for studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. After a debut recording with EMI, Ashkar has released 5 recordings on Decca, focused on Beethoven and Mendelsohn. Ashkar divides his time between Berlin and Israel, where he is the founding artistic director of the Galilee Chamber Orchestra; the group's 32 members are drawn from both Jewish and Arab Israeli populations.

Debussy Douze Preludes, 1st book
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Bach Partita No. 4
Messiaen Preludes:
   No. 1 Colombe
   No. 2 Chant d’extase dans un paysage triste
   No. 3 Les sons impalpabledu rêve
   No. 4 Un reflet dans le vent