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  • Mediamatic 6 Dijksgracht 1019 BS Amsterdam Netherlands (map)

Workshops and Masterclasses

Nizar Rohana Erik Van Bemmel

Nizar Rohana Erik Van Bemmel

The festival aims to create an environment in which both Eastern and Western music cultures come together to make new musical and cultural journeys possible. The red thread is qualitative excellence: both for our concerts and this workshop and the Masterclasses we organise.

Nizar Rohana leads this workshop from 14 to 18 of September 2018 at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. All participating students can register for the Masterclasses held by musicians featuring at the festival on 21 and 22 of September. 
The courses are held in English.


Nizar Rohana is a great musician, a true virtuoso on the ud and also a great composer, arranger and music historian who is at home in both the Eastern and Western music culture. He will share all his knowledge during the days you will spend with him!
Date & Time: 14 - 18 September 10:00 - 14:00

II. Masterclasses
If you participate in the workshop you also have the possibility to participate in the Masterclasses we organise on 21 and 22 September. They are given by 4 wonderful musicians featuring at NewLands: Rima Khcheich (famous singer from Lebanon and teacher for classic arabic singing at the American University of Beirut), Layale Chaker (violin player & composer originating from Lebanon)  Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian percussion player) and Yasamin Shahhosseini (Persian ud player). Ode to Women!
Date & Time: 21 & 22 September - the schedule will be shared during the workshop

III. A final public concert at Mediamatic in Amsterdam on 18 September.



  • are interested in Arabic and Persian classical and traditional music
  • are a motivated student from a Dutch Music Conservatory or Music School
  • have followed a musical education before but had to interrupt it
  • are a starting professional musician

Please send us a short motivation letter with a short bio (we want to get to know you and your drive a little) by mail to (can be in NL & ENG).

PLEASE NOTE: On our flyers, we shared the deadline of 31 August but as most schools start later we have decided to extend it a bit longer. We will stop accepting applications once we have reached a maximum of 10 candidates.

Earlier Event: August 19
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