A native of Syria, Samer Ali is an Arab music violinist and Oudist. He is the founder of Takht Al-Nagham and the Syrian Music Preservation Initiative (SMPI). He currently performs with the National Arab 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 are 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, Syria 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. Samer received his M.D. from Tishreen University, and is currently a resident physician at Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan, New York.
Samer plays a 1902 Nahhat Brothers Oud from Fouad Salloum's collection.
Photographer: Fouad Salloum