The Kennedy Center

Samer Ali


A native of Syria, Samer Ali is an Arabic violinist and the artistic director of Takht Al-Nagham. He currently performs with the National Arab Orchestra and the New York Arabic Orchestra. Samer began studying western classical violin at the age of eight with Fawaz Al-Ali and later pursued intensive conservatory studies with Ali Mukhtar Babayev. Samer studied the Arab violin and classical music traditions with Ali Farran and Ziad Ajjan (both students of composer and scholar Mahmoud Ajjan), Simon Shaheen, Anwar Hariri, and Muhammad Qadri Dalal. Samer co-founded the Awj Arab music ensemble in Damascus in 2007, and performed with the Ugarit Ensemble, and the Orchestra of the Bronx. In 2010, Samer was featured by Moncef Genoud at the Damascus Opera House. He has collaborated with musicians in the United States and Syria, such as Khaleel Haj Hussein, Ramez Khaskiyya, Bassam Saba, and Michel Merhej Baklouk.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/12/2018: Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum

Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum is a journey on land and through time of the formative years of Arabic music. The program will feature the five most important classical composers of the region, presented in a chronological order.

Presented in collaboration with Multiflora Productions’s Flash of the Spirit music festival.