Saleem Ashkar

Piano

"Performing complete cycles of all Beethoven sonatas has changed my life. One starts to look for connections; one needs two years to get close to the musical language. I've found connections encompassing all sonatas. Pablo Picasso expressed it well: I do not search – I find."
Saleem Ashkar, Osnabrücker Zeitung, August 2016
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Biography

Saleem Ashkar made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22 and has since gone on to establish an exciting international career. Recent and future concerto highlights include the Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, Konzerthaus Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Copenhagen Philharmonic. In autumn 2021, he toured Germany with the Kammerakademie Potsdam performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 and the world premiere of David Coleman’s Piano Concerto.

Previous seasons have seen him perform with the Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw, the Detroit, St Louis, Vancouver and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras and on a three-week tour to Australia. Saleem has a close relationship with many leading conductors including David Afkham, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Jakub Hrůša, Pietari Inkinen, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kazushi Ono and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider.

A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, Saleem has a particularly strong reputation as a Beethoven specialist and has performed a complete Sonata cycle in Prague, Duisburg and at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Recent and future highlights include recitals at Oslo Opera House, Wigmore Hall in London, Queens Hall in Copenhagen, Milan Verdi Conservatory Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Boulezsaal Berlin and Musikverein Vienna.
„He captures just the right balance of clarity, swiftness of attack, poetry and élan: every note shines with sun-reflecting clarity as the finales whirl along.”Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
Saleem is Artistic Director of the Galilee Chamber Orchestra, formed of young and professional musicians to encourage collaboration between the Arab and Jewish communities in Israel. Saleem works with the orchestra both as conductor and soloist. In March 2022, they made their debut at Carnegie Hall in a programme with Joshua Bell as soloist and at Koerner Hall, Toronto. Recent engagements included a highly acclaimed European tour, which included performances at Konzerthaus Berlin and Rheingau Festival.

Saleem’s most recent recordings have been for Decca Records. They have released the Mendelssohn Piano Concertos with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Chailly and two Beethoven Concertos with the NDR Elbphilharmonie and Ivor Bolton. Saleem has also recently completed Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle for Decca, the final volumes were released in the 2022/23 season.
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Programme

2023 / 2024
Schumann and his world
Robert Schumann and the Schumann household were a source of inspiration in the German Romantic music scene.

The musical cosmos of perhaps the most fantastic and literary composer, his piano literature, chamber music, songs and literary works will be interwoven in a project over three evenings. These include his Fantasy in C major, Op. 17, Carnaval, Op. 9, works by Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann, as well as the Piano Quintet and the song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42.

Solo I

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”

or Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117

or Brahms: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79

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Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Chopin: Ballad No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47

Solo II

Bach: Partita for Piano No. 4 in D major, BWV 828

Schumann: Humoreske in B major, Op. 20

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Debussy: 12 Préludes (Livre II)

2022 / 2023
Program I
Brahms: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”

 

Bach: Partita No. 4 BWV 828

Debussy: 12 Préludes (Livre I)

Messiaen: Préludes pour piano (I, II, V, VIII)

Discography

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas II
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas I
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 5 in c minor, Op. 10 No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 14 in c-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Ruy Blas, Op.95 - Overture to Victor Hugo's play
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 21: Overture
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: No. 1 Scherzo
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: No.5 Intermezzo
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: No.7 Notturno
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig
Riccardo Chailly - Conductor

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 4
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

NDR Sinfonieorchester
Ivor Bolton - Conductor

Brahms - Mozart - Schubert
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, KV576

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata in A minor, D784

Johannes Brahms
Variations and Fugue on a theme by G. F. Handel, Op. 24

EMI Classics, 2005


Videos

Encounters with Beethoven
Beethoven Recital
Mozart Piano concerto No. 20, KV466
Beethoven Piano Concerto, Op. 73
Galilee Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
Beethoven Symphony No. 1, Op. 21

Contact

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Senior Artist Manager
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