Executive Director, Polyphony Education
A visionary champion for youth and community development and a gifted violinist, Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar has led and inspired people from all walks of life across Israel, Europe and the U.S. He performed with and was a spokesperson for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for a decade.
In 2006, Nabeel gave up his music career and returned to his hometown, the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth, to answer the need he saw in the community for quality music programming. He founded and led the Barenboim-Said Conservatory there. As his efforts expanded, he co-founded Polyphony in 2012, and the Conservatory was renamed after the organization.
Having begun his violin studies at age eight, he graduated from Tel Aviv University in both physics and music, and completed his master’s at the Hochschule fur Musik, in Rostock, Germany.
For his groundbreaking work, Nabeel has been honored with the Yoko Ono Award for Courage in the Arts.