The Kennedy Center

Nezih Antakli


Nezih Antakli is a percussionist who has performed nationally in numerous venues like the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as well as internationally on numerous festivals around the world. He is a graduate of the University for the Arts in Rotterdam, Netherlands (CODARTS), where he graduated in performing arts in 2004. After moving to USA in 2007, he has been actively involved in the Middle Eastern and Balkan music scene in the wider NYC and Philadelphia area. Since January 2018 he has been a percussion sub for the Broadway Show "The Band's Visit", which received 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/20/2019: Lubana Al Quntar and Ensemble: Two Millennia of Musical Kinship

Dramatic, ethereal, and resilient, Damascus-born Lubana Al Quntar is a world-renowned coloratura soprano. She returns to the Kennedy Center alongside popular oud player, Ramy Adly, double bassist, John Murchison, percussionist, Nezih Antakli, and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas and a six-person choir to celebrate and honor the tradition of Syriac and Aramaic music in a contemporary light.

Presented in collaboration with Media and Arts for Peace (MAP).

March 20 - Nezih Antakli