A native of Syria, Samer Ali is an Arab violinist and the artistic director of Takht Al-Nagham. He currently performs with the National Arab Orchestra and the New York Arabic Orchestra. Ali began studying western classical violin at the age of eight with Fawaz Al-Ali, and later pursued intensive conservatory studies with Ali Mukhtar Babayev. He 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.
Ali 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.
Ali received his M.D. from Tishreen University, Latakia, and finished a Pathology residency at Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan, New York.
Ali plays a 1957 Oud, made by luthier Mahmoud Safi of Damascus, Syria.
Photographer: Fouad Salloum