Peter Dobrin, Music Critic - the Inquirer
  • "a brilliant and dramatic work with a Middle Eastern flavor"

    Jim Lowe, Staff Writer - Times Argus
  • "... you feel completely propelled by the power of the piece"

    Christopher James Lees, Conductor
  • "phenomenal piece"


Kinan Abou-afach is a cellist, oud player, composer, and recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in 2013. The Syrian-born musician began his musical studies at the age of seven studying at the Arabic Institute of Music in Damascus, where he eventually joined the National Syrian Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Middle Eastern Ensemble.

Kinan ABou-afach Biography
Kinan ABou-afach Biography

Latest Events

May 29, 2019
11:30 PM
  • Berlin, Germany @ Pierre Boulez Saal. With Kinan Azmeh (Clarinet), Dima Orsho (Soprano), and Kathy Tagg (Piano)

    Pierre Boulez Saal
    Französische Straße 33 D
    10117 Berlin

May 11, 2019
11:00 PM
  • KINAN ABOU AFACH - A Letter from Syria (Concert)

    Cello/Oud: Kinan Abou-afach

    Piano: Julian Horner

    Bass: Dave Brodie

    Drums: Jim Hamilton

    Guest Percussionist: Ziya Tabassian

    “A Letter From Syria will be an evening of music saturated with unique scales, improvisation, and rhythmic grooves, all intermingled with freely constructed jazz. The original pieces within the show are rooted in Abou-afach’s recollections of his homeland Syria before the conflict, expressed through the Middle-Eastern-influenced modes and the rich harmonies of Jazz. In this blending of temporal and aesthetics styles, this music performance looks to the future while paying homage to the past.”

March 23, 2019
  • Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor

    Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor

December 7, 2018
11:30 PM
  • Chicago | Performing with Chiara Mangiameli | Vittum Theater

    Event info:

    On December 7th, 8th and 9th, we will be presenting our fifth theatrical production at the Vittum Theater in Chicago.

    Inspired by current events, the show features Assid and Warda, father and daughter Syrian refugees who dream of escape to a Spain where their ancestors once built a different kind of civilization: one grounded in peace, tolerance and the joys of artistic expression. But when a desperate rescue at sea leaves them separated, it seems their refugee journey is destined to end in tragedy.  Can their faith in the possibilities of a better life sustain them through this final, agonizing trial?

    Told through the songs and dances of flamenco by a critically acclaimed ensemble of musicians, Rose of Damascus features dancers from Studio Mangiameli, an original script by Benjamin Lumpkin, and artwork by Jim Hajicek.”


    Vittum Theater
    1012 N. Noble St.
    Chicago, IL 60642

November 12, 2018
9:30 PM
  • LiveConnections Big Hurrah Benefit
October 19, 2018
11:00 PM
October 19, 2018
12:00 AM
  • Dearborn, MI | "Fiction" Midwest Premiere

    AANM and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings join forces for an evening of contemporary chamber music by Arab American composers, including Mohammed FairouzKareem RoustomMichael IbrahimSuad BushnaqKinan Abou-afach and Hadi Eldebek.

    The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings performs my piece Fiction, for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Contrabass and Electronics

October 1, 2018
11:00 PM
  • Toronto, Canada | Festival of Arabic Music and Arts

    Original full length sufi composition, Nur – With Dalal Abu Amneh

    (Commissioned by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture)

    918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education | Nov 1, 2018 | 7:00pm