Kinan Azmeh

Clarinetist and Composer

Kinan Azmeh

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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