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Winner of Germany’s OpusKlassik award in 2019, clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh has been hailed as “intensely soulful” and a “virtuoso” by The New York Times, earning international recognition for what the CBC has called his “incredibly rich sound” and distinctive compositional voice across diverse musical genres.

Originally from Damascus, Syria, Mr. Azmeh has appeared as soloist, composer, and improvisor at venues all over the world, including the Damascus Opera House’s inaugural concert in 2004.

Orchestral appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Dusseldorf Symphony, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic, and Syrian Symphony Orchestra, sharing the stage with such musical luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, Marcel Khalife, John McLaughlin, Francois Rabbath, Aynur, and Jivan Gasparian.

His compositions include solo, chamber, and orchestral pieces, as well as music for film, live illustration, and electronics. Recent commissions have come from the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, The Knights, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Elb philharmonie, Apple Hill String Quartet, Quatuor Voce, Brooklyn Rider, Cello Octet Amsterdam, Aizuri Quartet, and Bob Wilson.

An advocate for new music, he has had several concertos dedicated to him by composers including Kareem Roustom, Dia Succari, Dinuk Wijeratne, Zaid Jabri, Saad Haddad, and Guss Janssen.
Mr. Azmeh’s first opera, Songs for Days to Come premiered in Osnabruck, Germany, in June 2022.

Posted: Nov-28-2022
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The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra launches its Bravo Series and will include Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh on Saturday, October 8. 

Posted: Sep-20-2022
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Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Manuel Nawri

Works by Kinan Azmeh, Kareem Roustom, Zaid Jabri, Dia Succari

“Uneven Sky is about home, the multitudes of homes, and it was made with lots of optimism and love.
Syria may not be on the cover of this album but it is present in every detail of the music, and certainly in my heart.” Kinan Azmeh


Posted: Mar-15-2019
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"An amazing masterpiece"
- Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

"It is the most extensive project that the Osnabrück Theater has realized together with the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück in its history: the music theater SONGS FOR DAYS TO COME by the Syrian composer and clarinettist Kinan Azmeh. His new work is not a narrative opera in the traditional sense, but a multi-layered mosaic of music, poetry and stage events. The focus of the plot is on 15 poems by Syrian poets, which deal with the recent history of Syria and the civil war that has been going on since 2011."

Posted: Jul-5-2022
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Posted: Oct-11-2021