18 October 2016
Karim Said Begins His Four Centuries of Piano Music Tour of Palestine at Bethlehem University
Karim Said was considered a child prodigy in his native Jordan. At age nine he won an international competition in Bucharest and performed with the Amman Symphony Orchestra at the ancient ruins of Petra. In 1999 at age ten he performed at Bethlehem University for the first time.
On Saturday, 15 October 2016 he returned for his second concert at Bethlehem University to not only move but challenge his audience with a varied program of works by Byrd (1543-1623) Fantasia MB 27, Schoenberg (1874-1951) 3 Pieces Op.11, Shubert (1797-1828) Impromptu no.2 in Eb Major, Op.90, and Brahms (1833-1897) Sonata No.2 in F-sharp Minor, Op.2
Sister Patricia Crockford SJA, Bethlehem University music teacher was instrumental in bringing both the 1999 and 2016 concerts to Bethlehem University.
The tour included concerts in East Jerusalem, Ramallah as well as Bethlehem and Master Classes for students at Bethlehem University, Al Quds University, Barenboim-Said Conservatory of Music and Talitha Secondary School.
The tour was supported by Barenboim-Said Foundation, Ramallah and organized by the Beethoven Academy Bonn Germany.
Said was born in Amman, Jordan in 1988 where he commenced his piano studies with Russian teacher Agnes Bashir-Dzodtsoeva. He moved to the UK in 2000, aged eleven, to study piano, composition and conducting at the renowned Purcell School of Music and later at the Royal Academy of Music, both on full scholarships.