Karim Said

Karim Said came to the public’s attention in 2009, playing concertos with the late Sir Colin Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra in London’s Barbican Centre. That same year, he appeared at the BBC PROMS with Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan. After hearing him play at the age of ten in 1999, Barenboim commented ''What you can't learn, he already knows". Karim has regularly toured with Barenboim and the Divan orchestra as soloist, performing at such halls as the ‘Philharmonie’ in Berlin, ‘Musikverein’ in Vienna and the ‘Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory’ in Moscow. Karim’s album 'Echoes from an Empire' (Opus Arte – 2015) was one of Gramphone’s ‘Top Ten recordings of Janacek’ (2016)

Upcoming events include the launch of the Etihad String Orchestra in his native Jordan this May, the release of a new album in September (Rubicon Classics, UK) and a recital debut in the ‘Pierre Boulez Saal’, Berlin this October.  

Karim (29) commenced his piano studies in Amman with Agnes Bashir-Dzodtsoeva before moving to the UK in 2000, aged eleven.  He studied piano, composition and conducting at the renowned Purcell School of Music and later at the Royal Academy of Music, both on full scholarships. At the Academy his teacher was Prof Tatiana Sarkissova. In more recent years, Karim was coached by Hinrich Alpers in Berlin, his current base.

 

Karim Said
Karim Said
Karim Said
Karim Said