Since May 2018, I have been conducting the Utopia Orchestra, a project coordinated by the organization Kultur Leben Berlin. Utopia is an experimental and innovative project in which we develop new forms of musical interaction with people with diverse abilities. We work on symphonic music, chamber music, and opera repertoire with a group of 40 musicians. Between 2018 and 2020, we have performed more than 10 inclusive concerts in Berlin at accessible concert halls, often including sign language interpretation.
Since June 2020, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been working as the artistic and musical director of the “Musiker für Musiker” campaign organized by Kultur Leben Berlin. The project brings together professional musicians from the largest orchestras in Berlin, such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), the Staatskapelle Berlin or the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin (DSO), to perform in community centers and elderly homes.
To make this concert series a reality, we are looking for ensembles in the form of a duo or quintet that are willing to participate on a voluntary basis and bring the music to Berliners who cannot enjoy it. In return, the social institutions make a donation to Kultur Leben Berlin that will allow us to hire musicians who work independently for the following concerts. By participating in the project, musicians who are permanent members of professional orchestras express their solidarity with their freelance colleagues by giving them the possibility to be hired for concerts within this campaign.
My strong interest for the intercultural relations and the power of music in facilitating mutual understanding brought me to work with the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra in summer 2016. We worked on a repertoire of Middle Eastern music for the opening concert of the festival Berliner Philharmoniker Open Air.