This concert is organised jointly with RNCM


Maya Youssef from Syria is a virtuoso player of the qanun, the Arabic 78-string zither. Her unique and innovative approach has expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.

 “The act of playing music is the opposite of death, it’s a life and hope affirming act. To me, music is my own healer and an antidote to what’s happening, not only in Syria, but in the whole world. I like to think that my music brings people back to humanity and to their heart centres, where no harm can be done to any form of life and where all can exist together in peace”

Born in Damascus into a family of writers and artists, Maya has performed all over the world and was awarded an Exceptional Talent award which enabled her to migrate to the UK early 2012. Currently, she is researching “Music Healing for Syrian Refugee Children” as her PhD project at SOAS University of London, where she has also taught the qanun and directed the Middle Eastern Ensemble.  Maya is a regular on the BBC and has featured at the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall, The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, and other prestigious venues and festivals.

Her CD “Syrian Dreams” is available on Harmonia Mundi 

Accompanied by Elizabeth Nott, (percussion) and Barney Morse-Brown (cello)


Listen to Maya’s ‘The Sound of Syria’ on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought


Thu 11/10/2018

20:00 – 22:00

Between £7 and £17

 Royal Northern College of Music
24 Oxford Road
M13 9RD
United Kingdom

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