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Saleem Abboud Ashkar

  • Pianist


Saleem Abboud Ashkar performs regularly with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Lawrence Foster, Bertrand de Billy, Philip Jordan and Ludovic Morlot and following a highly successful debut with Christoph Eschenbach and the NDR Hamburg Orchestra, with whom he has been immediately re-invited to work, Eschenbach invited Ashkar to play the Schumann Concerto with the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra in the Schumann Birthday Concert in June 2010. He has toured extensively with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, including appearances at the Proms and Lucerne Festivals, in a tour celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the composer's birth.

Other appearances in future seasons include invitations to work with the London Symphony Orchestra in London and Bucharest, NDR Hamburg with Eschenbach, DSO Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Kazushi Ono, Maggio Musicale, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic with Nikolaj Znaider, Mariinsky Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Danish Theatre.

A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, Ashkar appears regularly in series at venues such as the Concertgebouw, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikverein Vienna, Conservatorio Guiseppe Verdi Milan, Florence and at festivals including Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Proms with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, at Tivoli with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, in Lucerne, Ravinia, Risor, Menton and the Ruhr Klavier Festival, collaborating with artists including Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaj Znaider and Waltraud Meier.

Born in 1976 in Nazareth, Ashkar studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany.