The Damascus Festival Chamber Players
Kinan Azmeh

Artistic Director


Kareem Roustom

Buhur for Clarinet and String Trio

Oriental Miniature for Clarinet and String Trio

In Memoriam Solhi al-Wadi for Audio Tape, Clarinet, and String Trio

Kinan Azmeh

The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea for Clarinet and Violoncello

Quintet Music for Damascus Festival for Clarinet, String Trio and Piano

Quintet for Clarinet, Stringtrio, and Piano

Led by clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh, the Damascus Festival Chamber Players first came together during Damascus’s tenure as Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 2008. The five musicians, who hail from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Egypt, were looking to create an ensemble in which Arab musicians from different countries, both residents and expatriates, could collaborate, performing chamber music by contemporary Arab composers as well as Western classical music. Their program at the Pierre Boulez Saal will include works by Syrian composers of two generations: Dia Succari (1938–2010), Nouri Iskandar (b. 1938), Zaid Jabri (b. 1975), Kareem Roustom (b. 1971), and Chafi Badreddin (b. 1972).

The concert is supported by the Abu Dhabi Festival.