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Join us at an upcoming performance, and see past appearances below.

Upcoming Performances

Bringing together musicians from all over Israel from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Nazareth, the Galilee Chamber Orchestra will make its European debut this month in Germany.


Wednesday, July 31st: Konzerthaus Berlin
Sunday, Aug 4th: Christuskirche | Hanover
Tuesday, Aug 6th: Morgenland Festival | Osnabrück
Thursday, Aug 8th: Rheingau Musik Festival


The program will include:


Haydn Overture to L’isola disabitata
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Wisam Gibran “Overcoming” a commissioned work on the theme of Courage (2018)
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21


Conductor and pianist Saleem Ashkar says “Wherever there is talk of idealism and humanity, the name Beethoven appears. Why? Because these thoughts have driven him for a lifetime and fueled his revolutionary spirit.” Ashkar is currently involved in a major project – recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas on Decca records.


What Ashkar admires about Beethoven is also about the work of the Palestinian Christian from Israel. Ashkar’s political attitude is reflected in his artistic work and seeks to touch people regardless of their origin – for example, in concerts in Israel before Muslim, Christian or Jewish audiences (from Rheingau Festival page).


In a 2015 interview with Yorkshire Magazine, Ashkar said, “Through music, I crossed and left behind national boundaries. I’m not making a big political statement. But the reality is that if you give a child a ‘bigger stage’ (music), it’s a transformational experience.”

Recent Performances

Piano Trio in Nazareth
Saleem Abboud Ashkar, piano
Kolja Blacher, violin
Claudio Bohorquez, cello

April 13, 2019. Nazareth, Israel 

Polyphony alumnus Yaman Saadi
Yaman Saadi, violin
Uri Zafair, piano
Ibrahim Bolus, violin
Amichai Hafater, viola
Maher Saadi, cello
March 20, 2019. Nazareth, Israel

The Galilee Chamber Orchestra’s Annual Holiday Concert

December 22, 2018. Nazareth, Israel.

Click the photos below to see more about each performance:

Eli Levi-Cello; Ibrahim Boulus-Violin; Ian Anderson-Flute; Jeries Saleh-Violin; Mark Koch-Viola perform on 26 October 2018.
Polyphony Quartet on Thursday, August 23 in Lerici, Italy.
Flutist Mais Hriesh, Violinist Shaden Nahara, violist Amichai Yaakov Hefter, and cellist Eli Levi perform at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto on Thursday, November 15. Photo by Karla Chouhan.
Flutist Sagit Zur performing with the Ensemble at OdeGand, part of the Ghent Festival of Flanders’ opening day celebrations and performances at the St. Anna Church on September 15, 2018. Photo credit Björn Comhaire.

Past Performances

Polyphony String Quartet US Tour in April 2018


The Sedona Forum at The McCain Institute for Global Leadership
Sedona, Arizona. April 20, 2018


A performance with Ramaz School
New York, New York. April 16, 2018


The Rockefeller Foundation
New York, New York. April 16, 2018


Bet Am Shalom
White Plains, New York. April 15, 2018


The Polyphony Quartet performs at the Sedona Forum in Arizona on April 2018.

Past Performances


Sir András Schiff conducts the Galilee Chamber Orchestra
Nazareth, Israel. December 19, 2016


Zubin Mehta leads a Masterclass at the Nazareth Conservatory
Nazareth, Israel. October 24, 2016


Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra led by Zubin Mehta
Haifa, Israel


Keshet Eilon Music Center 25th Anniversary Gala Concert
Tel Aviv, Israel
Polyphony Youth Orchestra
Jerusalem. October 2013. 


Sint-Annakerk, Ghent Flanders Festival
Ghent, Belgium. September 15, 2018.


Sint-Hendrik College
Deinze, Belgium. September 16, 2018


Ghent Festival van Vlaanderen, De Bijloke
Ghent, Belgium. September 20, 2018


Piazzo Mottino
Lerici, Italy. August 26, 2018


Lerici Castle
Lerici, Italy. August 20, 2018. 


‘Incontri in Terra di Siena’ Festival, La Foce
Tuscany, Italy. 2014


Harrogate International Festivals
United Kingdom. April 2014


Summit of Conscience, R20 Climate Change
Paris, France. July 2015


Richard Strauss Institute


Concert for Peace
Nazareth, Belgium. December 23, 2014

United States

String Quartet Concert and Reception at JCC MetroWest
West Orange, New Jersey. October 15, 2017


Polyphony Youth Orchestra performs with special guest David Broza
Dallas, Texas. February 12, 2017


AAM Awards Dinner
Washington D.C.


Los Angeles Theatre Center
Los Angeles, California


Metropolitan United Methodist Church


Congregation Shir Tikvah
Troy, Michigan

United States

Lincoln Center Global Exchange
Alice Tully Hall


Concert & Conversation at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich
Greenwich, Connecticut. October 14, 2017


92nd Street Y


Jewish Community Center Benefit
Lincoln Center


All Souls Church Public Concert


Clinton Global Initiative
New York City. September 2015


Synergos Institute


Congregation Beth Elohim

Check back soon for more details on additional upcoming performances. For more information about any of our events please email us.