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Shortly after the beginning of the Arab Spring, four young musicians in Damascus founded the Ramal Ensemble. Having fled the Syrian civil war, they now live in Berlin, where they finished their studies, including at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, and started performing together again.


Their Pierre Boulez Saal program focuses on the question of how revolution and war have influenced the development of Arabic music and how the experiences of flight and exile can enrich today’s musical aesthetics.

Joined by violinist Monia Rizkallah and soprano Sara Gouzy, the ensemble traces connections between contemporary works for violin and voice, new arrangements of Schubert songs, and classical Arabic music.

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Participating artists
Ramal Ensemble
Yazan Alsabbagh
Saleh Katbeh
Basilius Alawad
Elias Aboud
Monia Rizkallah
Sara Gouzy
Pierre Boulez Saal