BASEL SALEH

BIOGRAPHY

 

Syrian oud and voice Maestro

 

In his role as teacher of singing and oud at the Academy of Art and The Arabic Heritage, London, Basel is passionate about both preserving ancient traditions in Syrian and Arabic songs, and pushing boundaries to compose music. An alumni professor at the Higher Institute of Music Damascus, the composer resides in London and has worked on commission with BBC Singers, The Barbican’s 'New and ancient music of the Christian East’, and conducted the St Hugh’s Church choir. Composing for both orchestra and choir in arabic and western scales, Basel also has a deep knowledge of ancient Syriac hymns, rhythms and songs and is dedicated to performing and preserving these hauntingly beautiful works for generations to come.

From Homs, Syria

Graduated from Higher Institute Of Music Damascus in Qanoun and Classical Singing, masters in music education from University of Damascus
 

  • Conductor of the Orchestra and Choir Artists Association in Syria

  • Professor of Oriental Singing at the Higher Institute Of Music Damascus

  • Professor of oriental Music Theory at the Higher Institute Of Music Damascus

  • Member and Coach of the Choir of the Higher Institute Of Music Damascus

  • Professor at AL-Ba’ath University, Homs, Faculty of Musical Education (Singing, Qanoun and Voice training)

  

Some of his recent projects:

 

  • Worked with Sesheela Raman and Sam Mills at the Barbican on 'New and ancient music of the Christian East’

  • Currently works as a teacher of singing and oud at the Academy of Art and The Arabic Heritage, London

  • Conductor of the choir at Academy of Art and The Arabic Heritage

  • Conductor and teacher of the choir at St Hugh’s Church, London

  • Composed for the Liverpool Philharmonic

  • Composed for the BBC singers: