Artist in Residence: Saleem Ashkar

  1. July 5, 2015 3:07 pm

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Date(s) - 10/07/2015
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Wesley Chapel

Oxford Street



Harrogate International Festivals is proud to present Artist in Residence Saleem Ashkar as part of the 50th Harrogate Festival.

The 2015 Harrogate Festival is proud to present the Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Ashkar as its Artist in Residence. Protégé of Daniel Barenboim, Ashkar performs a special programme exploring national identity in music that crosses cultural boundaries.

Ashkar started to learn the piano at the age of 6 and found composers such as Chopin to be strange and unfamiliar, however, it was that same cultural difference he found fascinating. Ashkar discovered that music could enable a search for local identity and form a Sense of Place and a sense of self.

In this programme Ashkar explores how composers throughout history have used folklore as a way of finding social and national identity. Join our artist in residence in a pre-concert talk to hear his personal insight from his youth growing up in Nazareth.

Tickets: £18. Available online: ; over the phone on 01423 562 303; or in person at the Harrogate International Festivals Box Office, 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1DB

Sense of Place: National Identity in Music
Beethoven Sonata No. 28 in A, Op.101
Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op.110
Chopin Polonaise in F-sharp minor op.44
Chopin Ballade No.4, Op. 52
Medtner Theme and Variations for piano, Op.55
Bartok Piano Sonata, Sz. 80

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