Kinan Azmeh Short Bio (clarinet, composer)
Hailed as a “virtuoso” and "intensely soulful" by the New York Times and "spellbinding" by the New Yorker. Syrian-born, genre-bending composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh has been touring the globe with great acclaim as a soloist, composer and improviser in the most prestigious concert halls in the world such as Opera Bastille, the UN’s general assembly, der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Library of Congress, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Damascus Opera House for its opening concert. He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, John McLaughlin, and Djivan Gasparian, among others and leads his own bands Hewar and Kinan Azmeh CityBand. He is also a Silkroad ensemble artist with whom he won a Grammy in 2016.
As a composer, his recent commissions include pieces for the Seattle Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, the Damascus High Institute of Music, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering, Kinan holds a doctorate in music from the City University of New York.
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