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date: 20 November 2019

Shaheen, Simonlocked

  • Reem Kelani
  • , revised by Alyson E. Jones


(b Tarshiha, Galilee, Israel, 1955). Palestinian ‘ūd player, violinist, composer, and teacher, active in the United States. He began learning ‘ūd at the age of five with his father, the renowned musician Hikmat Shaheen. At the age of seven he entered the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa to study violin and Western classical music. He graduated from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in 1978 and remained there for two years as an instructor in the performance and theory of Arab music.

In 1980 Shaheen moved to New York, where he studied at the Manhattan School and later at Columbia University. He performed as a soloist and as a member of the Near Eastern Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1982. During that time he also began presenting workshops and lecture-demonstrations about Arab music in schools and universities. Since 1994 he has produced the Annual Arab Festival of Arts in New York, and since ...

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