Management

Liina Leijala

ARTISTIC AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Originally from Finland, cellist Liina Leijala is currently the ARTISTIC AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Barenboim-Said Center for Music. Liina Leijala graduated from Sibelius Academy in Finland and continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna as well as in Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. Previously, she has worked with the Orchestra Academy Ossiach (of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), the Barbirolli Quartet, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She also holds a position at the Wiener Musikakademie in Vienna, Austria. She has performed both as a soloist and a chamber musician all over the world, and has been a finalist or prize-winner in competitions like the EBU Young Soloists, Gaetano Zinetti etc.
Liina believes that classical music education at a highest level has a deep impact in individuals intellectual and cognitive capacities.

Omar Saad

ASSISTANT TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Omar Saad was born in Nazareth and grew up in Maghar, a small village located in the Galilee, where he started studying music and continued with his two brothers and sister at Beit Al-musica Conservatory in the city of Shefa’amer.  In 2013 Omar graduated from Beit al-musica conservatory with the highest distinction in Viola recital. Omar completed his bachelor degree in September 2017 and then went on to Glasgow where he started his Masters degree in music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Omar recently graduated with his Masters degree and is now back in Palestine where he teaches violin/viola, which is a step towards achieving one of his goals – building new generations of world-class Palestinian musicians.

Lina Musleh

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

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Lina Ahmad Musleh, from Deir Tarif, graduated from Bir Zeit University in 1999 as an accountant, She has served in several administrative and financial positions through her professional career in several cities in Palestine (Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron and Jerusalem). Now Lina is part of the Barenboim-Said of Center staff as our Finance and Administrative Officer. Her vision is to help build a free and educated society and empower a generation full of hope and creativity.

Nassri Lada

PROJECT COORDINATOR

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Nassri Lada has finished his Bachelor Degree in Accounting at the Alquds Open University. Since 2008, he has been working for the Barenboim-Said Center as Project Coordinator. 
In addition to working on the various programs of the BSCFM project, Nassri Lada is coordinating the production of the online audio and video contents as well as concert recordings.  
Through his broad experience at the BSCFM Nassri believes he can help young Palestinians bring out their talent and confidently show it anywhere in the world.

 

Music teachers

Petar Klasan


PIANO 

Petar Klasan is a Croatian pianist based in Vienna Austria. Currently, he is piano teacher at the Barenboim-Said Center in Ramallah. Petar graduated from the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and has won prizes at the prestigious National and international Piano competitions. Petar regularly performs as a soloist in different Chamber music formations and with the orchestra. He is also the founder of the 'Con Brio' concert series in Vienna.

Adele Posani

FLUTE 

Adele Posani started playing the recorder and singing in the choir at a young age, she then continued her studies in the Conservatory of L'Aquila "A. Casella" under the guidance of M° Paolo Rossi.  Her education then brought her to Ferrara, where she specialized in contemporary music, playing and participating in festivals such as 900ePresente. She then moved to Palestine, where she has been playing, teaching and developing musical educational projects.

 

Omar Saad

VIOLIN 

Omar Saad was born in Nazareth and grew up in Maghar, a small village located in the Galilee, where he started studying music and continued with his two brothers and sister at Beit Al-musica Conservatory in the city of Shefa’amer.  In 2013 Omar graduated from Beit al-musica conservatory with the highest distinction in Viola recital. Omar completed his bachelor degree in September 2017 and then went on to Glasgow where he started his Masters degree in music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Omar recently graduated with his Masters degree and is now back in Palestine where he teaches violin/viola, which is a step towards achieving one of his goals – building new generations of world-class Palestinian musicians.

 

Robin Burlton

MUSIC THEORY AND CHOIR 

Robin is theory and choir teacher at the Barenboim-Said Center in Ramallah, where he is a performer, conductor, teacher and composer. He has worked as a teacher of music theory for around 15 years and has also taught singing and piano both in Palestine and in the UK. As a composer, he has written for choirs and small vocal ensembles in the UK and his music has been performed in concerts, festivals and on radio in locations across Europe. He continues to write for wide-ranging projects in Palestine and is currently working on a violin sonata and small ensemble pieces using Arabic poetry.

Hikmat Qaimari

OBOE

Hikmat Qaymari is a Jerusalemite musician studying for her Master’s degree in Oboe Performance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with Professor Dudu Carmel. She received her Bachelor degree in Oboe Performance and Music Education, and currently she is the oboe teacher at the Barenboim Said Center. She is also playing the oboe and the English horn with the JASO Jerusalem Academy Symphony Orchestra, the PYO Palestine Youth Orchestra, and FYMO (Filasteen Young Musicians Orchestra) In addition to her music experiences, she has a history of Palestinian folklore dancing as a performer/teacher for many students, schools, and dabke troupes.

Gennady Kozhevnikov

BRASS AND CONDUCTING

Gennady Kozhevnikov (horn) studied at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory and graduated as a conductor, pianist and baritone trombone player. He then worked as Principal Conductor for the President Military Orchestra of the Kremlin. Gennady now teaches children at the Barenboim-Said Center in Ramallah, working as conductor and also as a brass teacher.

 

Rand Abu Shalbak

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Rand Abu Shalbak, a dentist and a piano player, was a student at the Barenboim-Said Center. She has played the piano since the age of 9 and now his passion is to teach and share positivity through music. She teaches her students that a person can do all the things they love through hard work. Music is Love, ambition, and hard work.

Jordan Mora

BASSOON

Jordan Mora Hofmeister was born in Costa and began his studies at Bassoon in 2012. He attended the University of Costa Rica and the National Institute of Music and has played with orchestras such as the Central American Youth Symphony and the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 he received a scholarship to continue his studies at Bassoon at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with Professor Mauricio Paez. At present he works as the Bassoon teacher in the Barenboim Said Center in Ramallah and is also the bassoon player in several orchestras in the area.

Daniele Spada

CELLO 

Daniele Spada is an Italian cellist and music teacher specializing in cello and chamber music. He graduated in his hometown of Verona, and has performed in Firenze (I) and Den Haag. In his career as a musician, he focuses mostly on chamber music and Italian baroque repertoire. For 10 years he has lived in Palestine as a member of the Palestine National Orchestra,

 

Pau Rodriguez

CLARINET 

A Catalan clarinetist, Pau Rodríguez Ruiz studied his bachelor's degree in classical and contemporary performance at the Conservatori Superior de música del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition to the classical performance studies, he also took pedagogical clarinet courses at the same university. Since 2016, Pau has been the Artistic Co-Director of the Delta Chamber Music Festival, an annually organized international chamber music festival that he created in his hometown of Amposta.

 

Rémy Ballot

GUEST CONDUCTOR (FYMO)

The conductor Rémy Ballot has been described by music critics as a rising star among today’s young and aspiring conductors, thanks largely to the overwhelmingly positive reception of his recordings of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Much of the praise and honour given to his work in the music press has approached the reverential.


His first recording, of Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony (2014), was awarded the prestigious French diapason d’or decouverte and the highly coveted Pizzicato Supersonic Award, which has been given three times in succession for the latest volumes in the series. Other accolades have included Record of the Month (8th Symphony, 2015) from the American magazine Stereophile.

 

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