Palestinian cellist, Naseem Alatrash is dedicated to representing Arabic culture to the world audiences. His performance on cello is creative, untraditional and unique.
An accomplished classically trained musician and improviser of diverse styles; Naseem has earned a reputation for fearlessly broadening the horizons of the cello on the world stage. After studying at The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, Naseem was awarded a full presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, in Boston US. Naseem went on to achieve the highest honors for BMus in cello performance. He also received his Masters degree in Cello performance at the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music. At Berklee he studied with Grammy winning pianist Danilo Perez; Simon Shaheen: Oud and Violin virtuoso; Eugene Friesen, who is a multi-Grammy award winning cellist and composer; Owen Young, who performs with the prestigious Boston Symphony; and Rob Thomas.
As a soloist, recording musician, chamber musician, composer and teacher, Naseem continues his global performance career. Naseem has been featured at The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, Abu Dhabi Music Festival, Lebanon’s Zouk Mikael International Festival, The Nancy Jazz Festival, Lebanon’s Beit Aldeen Festival, Jerash Festival, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Lincoln Theater, Wigmore Hall, and within the Aldeburgh World Orchestra’s London Olympic tour appearing at The BBC Proms in The Royal Albert Hall and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Naseem big achievements include performances alongside Ron Carter, Roger Waters, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eugene Friesen, G.E. Smith, Kenny Aronoff, Rami Jaffe, Luis Conte, Simon Shaheen, Javier Limon, Cafe De Silva, Lalah Hathaway, Jorge Drexler and for Alejandro Sanz at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2013, Bassam Saba, Charbel Rouhana. Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and advocate of its music through his global string quartet The Four Corners Quartet, where each member of the quartet composes music inspired by their culture and they converse with their instruments creating powerful performances. Twice awarded “string player of the year” from The National Music Competition of Palestine, Naseem’s goal is to bring Arabic cello performance to world stage and increase the importance and the role of cello in Arabic music. He has also appeared in performance with respected Arab singers such as Tunisian singer Sonya Mbarak, Lofi Bouchnaq, Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich, and Palestinian singers such as Ibrahim Azzam, Dalal Abu Amneh and Mohammed Assaf.