Naseem's BIO



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 USA. Naseem went on to achieve the highest honors for BMus in cello performance. Later he 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, oudist/violinist Simon Shaheen, Cellist Eugene Friesen, Cellist Owen Young of the Boston Symphony and Violinist/Bassist Rob Thomas. A soloist, recording musician, chamber musician, composer and teacher, Naseem continues his global performance career. Naseem has been featured at Newport Jazz  Festival, 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,Koerner Hall, UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Music Series, NYU Abu Dhabi Music Festival 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, Scott Page, Carmine Rojas and many others. 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 performance. His recent Project “Bright Colors On a Dark Canvas” aims to use his original music combined with art to tell the stories of refugees. His goal is to raise awareness about different refugee crises and help raise money to support refugees around the world. Other than performing his solo work with his group, Alatrash tours with Amir Elsaffar’s Rivers of sound Large Ensemble, with Oudist Simon Shaheen, with the National Arab Orchestra and with Qawsaan a unique string duo with violinist Layth Sidiq. On the Arabic music scene, he has appeared performing also with respected Arab singers such as Tunisian singer Sonya Mbarak, Lotfi Bouchnaq, Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich, and Palestinian singers such as Ibrahim Azzam, Dalal Abu Amneh and Mohammed Assaf. The twice awarded “string player of the year” from The Marcel Khalife National Music Competition of Palestine, Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and advocate of its music.