About:

  • "A JOURNEY IN SOUND"

    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"

    Ensemble39


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

November 22, 2021
6:00 PM
  • World premire, and performance with the Daedalus Quartet
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    Premeiring my quintet: Nomads: The Four Winds, for cello and string quartet.

    November 22, 2021 (Monday) — 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    Harold Prince Theatre
    Penn Live Arts
    3680 Walnut Street

March 4, 2021
7:00 PM
February 28, 2021
7:00 PM
  • Impromptu for Cello, World Premiere by cellist D. Scot Williams
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    Impromptu for Cello

    Commissioned by Mary Ann Haubenreich
    for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

February 21, 2020
7:00 PM
  • Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Concord, NC
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    Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Concord, NC. Christopher James Lees: Conductor

February 19, 2020
7:00 PM
  • Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
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    Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor

February 12, 2020
10:15 AM
  • "Speak" Performance with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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    “Speak” Performance with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Primary Concerts: One Musical Family. Christopher James Lees: Conductor

February 11, 2020
10:15 AM
  • "Speak" Performance with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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    “Speak” Performance with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Primary Concerts: One Musical Family. Christopher James Lees: Conductor

January 26, 2020
7:30 PM
  • Cello Duo with Cellist/Composer Tom Kraines
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    Private Event

December 20, 2019
8:00 PM
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands. Chronicles I, string quartet performance with The New European Ensemble
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    String Quartet, Performed by The New European Ensemble

    NEW EUROPEAN ENSEMBLE plays:
    Kinan Abou Afach – Chronicles I (a la Sama’i)
    Wassim Ibrahim – Syriac Fantasy
    Kareem Roustom – Shades of Night

    Podium Grounds Pieter de Hoochweg 125, 3024 BG Rotterdam, Netherlands

December 11, 2019
8:00 PM