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Karim Said – Piano

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The pianist Karim Said, born in Amman, Jordan, in 1988, came to the attention of a wide audience back in 2009 with two concerts in London, one with the English Chamber Orchestra under the late Sir Colin Davis in the Barbican Centre and the other at the BBC Proms with Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Karim Said has been associated with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as a soloist since 1999 and performs with it across the world in prestigious concert halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. For the opening of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin in March 2017, Karim Said played Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

Karim Said moved to London at the age of 11 to study piano, conducting, jazz and composition on a scholarship at the renowned Purcell School for young musicians. He completed his studies under Tatiana Sarkissova, Tessa Nicholson and Hinrich Alpers at the Royal Academy of Music. The film director Christopher Nupen accompanied Karim Said throughout his studies in London, documenting his unusual musical development. The documentary film “Karim’s Journey” came out in 2008 and was shown on BBC4 in Great Britain and in five other countries.

Alongside his work as a soloist and a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, in 2017 Karim Said founded the Etihad String Orchestra in the country of his birth, Jordan, acting as its principal conductor. He also launched the chamber music ensemble “Da Vinci Players”. In addition, he is engaged in a process of intensive artistic exchange with singers, actors and directors, leading to his involvement in projects and concerts with the singers Waltraud Meier and Dorothea Röschmann, the violinist Gabriel Croitoru, the cellist Adrian Brendel and the Utrecht String Quartet, among others.

The current album Karim Said • Legacy spans 400 years of keyboard music ranging from Renaissance composers such as William Byrd and John Bull to Johannes Brahms, Arnold Schönberg and Anton Webern. The selection of pieces is inspired by the repertoire that Karim Said played in his début recital series at Loncon*s Southbank Centre in 2013.

> Media release by Rubicon Classics for the new album “Legacy” (Release-date 23 November 2018)

His recording of Echos from an Empire (2015// Opus Arte B00P1OTHHM) Selected for the „Top Ten“ Leoš Janáček recordings by Gramophone Magazine 2016

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