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Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Born in Nazareth in 1978, Mr. Abboud-Ashkar began studying the violin at age 8 with Nahum Lieberman in Nazareth, and then with Robert Canetti in Haifa. He graduated from Tel Aviv University in both physics and music, studying violin under Semyon Yaroshevich and Yair Kless. In 2007 he completed his master’s degree at the Hochschule fur Musik, Rostock, Germany, under Professor Axel Wilczok.

A member of the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, Mr. Abboud-Ashkar also founded and ran the Barenboim-Said Music Conservatory in Nazareth in 2006, which in 2012 became known as the Polyphony Conservatory. In 2011, Mr. Abboud Ashkar co-founded The Polyphony Foundation in New York, and Polyphony Education in Israel. He currently serves as Artistic Director of Polyphony’s programs. In 2012, Mr. Abboud Ashkar founded, through Polyphony, the Galilee Chamber Orchestra, which he is also an active member of. Outside of his work with Polyphony Nabeel also directs the Barenboim-Said conservatory and music programs in Ramallah.

Nabeel has performed as a soloist with the Jerusalem Camerata and the Haifa Symphony orchestras, and in Jordan together with Ivry Gitlis, he played the Bach Double Violin Concerto under the baton of David Stern. Mr. Abboud Ashkar’s studies were supported by the Barenboim-Said and the Al Qattan Foundations. In 2012, Mr. Abboud Ahskar received the Yoko Ono Award for Courage in the Arts, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland for his work with Polyphony.

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