Department of Music

Saleem Ashkar Hired as New Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of the Applied Music Keyboard Program

Professor Ashkar begins his post at the Department of Music on July 1, 2022.

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We proudly announce the hire of Saleem Ashkar, critically-acclaimed and internationally renowned concert pianist, recitalist, and chamber musician, as our new Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of the Applied Music Keyboard Program. Ashkar is a Decca recording artist and just completed recording the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. He is Artistic Director of the Galilee Chamber Orchestra, formed of students and young professionals to encourage collaboration between the Arab and Jewish communities in Israel. And he is the co-founder of the Al-Farabi Music Academy in Berlin which works with young people who don’t have access to a musical education. Learn more about Saleem at his webiste.