The Syrian Opera House in Damascus kicked off its new season on Tuesday evening with a guitar and piano concert featuring musicians Humam Nabouti and Alia Kheir Bek.
Pianist Kheir Bek and guitarist Nabouti began the concert with a piece by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, followed by a piece by Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega, a rendition of Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49 by Fryderyk Chopin, a tango piece by Argentinean musician Jorge Morel, and a piece by French composer Achille-Claude Debussy, concluding the concert with pieces by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Alia Kher Bek, born in Lattakia in 1994, began playing the piano at the age of 10. She studied at Selhi al-Wadi Institute for Music and the Higher Institute for Music in Damascus, and is currently studying at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig in Germany.
Humam Nabouti, born in Damascus in 1990, graduated from the Higher Institute for Music in Damascus. He learned to play guitar at the hands of his father, musical scholar Nawras Nabouti.