Aug. 30: Free Music Seminar Features Kurdish Violinist

| August 30, 2011

The Department of Music’s first seminar of the semester is Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the music building recital hall. The topic is Kurdish music, with some discussion and demonstration by a young violinist from Iraqi Kurdistan. The hour-long event is free.

Alan Hama Salih Mohammed, violin, was born in 1984 and began to play violin at the age of eight. He is a native of Suleimanya, a beautiful city in the mountainous Kurdish region of Iraq.

He studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Suleimanya from 2001-06 and received their final Diploma of Music. Alan has taught music at the Serdam Primary School in his native city. In addition, he taught the violin in two different youth organizations in his hometown. He has played first violin with the Suleimanya String Orchestra.

From 2007-2008 he served as principal second violin and manager of the Kurdish String Orchestra.   Alan studied at the Iraqi Unity Arts Academy with American Voices in July of 2007 and 2008 and served as a Coordinator and translator.

In 2008, he was invited to study Music and English at Saint Louis University where he studied violin with Marc Thayer. Alan also played first violin with the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Ward Stare.

In 2009, he went to Houston to perform in a benefit for the American Voices Organization. In 2010 Alan went to Boston to perform and give a Master class on Middle Eastern music at New England Conservatory. Currently he is a student at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, and is studying violin with John MacGrosso, and he studied for past year and a half with David Gillham.

In addition to violin lessons, Alan studies chamber music with the Arianna Quartet and was a member of the Saint Louis University String Orchestra, for whom he has composed, conducted, and played as the concertmaster.

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