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Dr Waseem Kotoub ワシーム・コトブ

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ソルヒ・アル・ワディ国際ピアノコンクール芸術監督および審査委員長。High Institute of Music in Damascus鍵盤学科主任。ブリティッシュ・カウンシルにて、アートプロジェクトマネージャーを務める。

“….Waseem Kotoub is a promising talent that has a high sensitivity and deep understanding in his piano playing”. What’s on Magazine.
Waseem Kotoub was born in Birmingham and received most of his musical education from Vladimir Zaretisky. He has already gained a solid pianistic experience. He was awarded a scholarship from KRSF to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Diana Ketler which he graduated from with merit and got his two masters in piano performance and the LRAM in piano teaching. He has participated in several master classes with eminent musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, Imre Rohman, Christopher Elton, Victor Bunin, Zoltan Kotich, Paskal Nimorofski and Petras Geniušas.
As a special prize winner of IBLA piano competition in Italy, first prize winner of KRSF competition he has been playing with several orchestras such as the Syrian national symphony orchestra and Brandenburg national orchestra under the baton of many conductors such as Solhi Al-Wadi,Ahmad Al-Saiedi(director of Egyptian opera house), and Sebastian Wiegle(Daniel Barenboim’s collaborator).
He has been chosen to play in many special occasions such as the final recital of the Bartok festival and the opening night of the Syrian opera house. He has already played as a soloist or as a chamber music player in prestigious International Festivals and concert halls such as Bartok Festival in Hungary, Babylon festival, Western-Eastern Divan Workshop in Germany, Dulwich College Recital hall, David Josefowitz recital hall and Duke’s Hall in London. He has performed in various venues in London, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Lebanon, Oman, and Jordan.
He recorded Walid's Hajjar piano works.
Waseem has made television and radio appearances in Syria and in Germany on DW channel and national radio channel 3.
He got a diploma in medicine and managed to merge between Medicine and Music and used Music Therapy to communicate and develop people with special needs. He has worked with autistic children using music as a mean of communicating and skills developing tool. He got his master in Health system and hospital management from Liverpool school of tropical medicine.
Waseem Kotoub is an Artistic Director and head of the jury of the Second Solhi Al Wadi International Piano Competition for Youth and acts as head of keyboard department at the high institute of music in Damascus. Waseem is the arts project manager at British council.
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