Naseem Alatrash, Cello

Acclaimed Palestinian multi-style cellist/composer, Naseem Alatrash is a striking example of a unique musical voice from the Middle East. An accomplished classically trained musician and improviser in diverse styles, Alatrash has earned a reputation for blending Arabic, jazz and classical western music into his performances. After studying at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, Alatrash was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received his Bachelor and Masters degrees for cello performance studying with Eugene Friesen, Owen Young, Rob Thomas, and Simon Shaheen. As a soloist, recording musician, chamber musician, and teacher. Currently serves as a Tufts faculty directing the Arab Music Ensemble. Naseem enjoys a global performance career. He tours with Danilo Perez’s Global Messengers and Amir Elsaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra. He performed at many International festivals and performance venues such as the Detroit Jazz Festival, Boston Celebrity Series, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Bozar (Belgium), Nancy Jazz Festival, Lebanon’s Beit Aldeen Festival, Jerash Festival, The Kennedy Center Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall and many other.