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Published on January 13th, 2015 | by hotarabic


This Dashing Classically-Trained Syrian Violinist MAias Alyamani

MAias Alyamani, violinist and composer, began his professional musical career as a solo violinist in 2000. His performances include the traditional classical repertoire and other musical genres including his personal compositions.

MAias has a master degree from Vienna University of Music, majoring in violin performance with special focus on Composition. During his studies he won the Competition of  Vienna University of Music and participated in the international Paganini Competition in Italy. He was the only Arab ever to participate in these competitions.

He was a member of Südbahnhof Band in Vienna. The band is still performing in Europe and it was a finalist and won the Audience prize at the World Music Awards which took place in Vienna 2006.  In 2006 MAias established the ensemble MAqam in Vienna, specializing in classical Arabic music. The MAqam music ensemble, comprising musicians from the Arab world, willshowcase Arabic culture through classical music on Wednesday evening asMAias al-Yamani performs alongside five others as part of the group.

The ensemble is a big success in Austria and neighboring countries. He is also a member of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players ensemble, which focuses on contemporary Arabic music. He made a large number of solo recordings for film, music bands, live theatre and TV-show soundtracks.

“When we play, we usually get an excellent response from the audience because we are unique and (are) all Arab musicians,” he told Gulf Times, adding: “Our music represents our culture and we feel much more involved when we play music from our backgrounds.” Al-Yamani will be joined by Islam Nour on

He has four music albums:  White with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

Live at Aspire Hall  with MAqam.

Blended Cultures with OPEC Orchestra for violin and orchestra.
Syrian Contemporary Chamber Music chamber music album with DFCP.

Memories of Syria: “Dominoes 2011″ (07:18)
Memories of Syria: “Caucasian Dance” (04:03)
Memories of Syria: “0+ Tango” (04:55)
Memories of Syria: “Sea Waves” (07:43)
Oriental Dances: “Zigan” (05:27)
Oriental Dances: “Longa Nahawand” (02:55)

MAias Alyamani & Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra – Sea Waves

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