He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, John McLaughlin, and Djivan Gasparian, among others and leads his own bands Hewar and Kinan Azmeh CityBand.
He is also a Silkroad ensemble artist with whom he won a Grammy in 2016. As a composer, his recent commissions include pieces for the Seattle Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, the Damascus High Institute of Music, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering. He holds a doctorate in music from the City University of New York.
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