Even in these tough times, there are still living beautiful people with a rich culture and beautiful music in the Middle East. This deserves the attention in the Netherlands. The war is harassing but the music continues and musicians do not stop. Some have managed, however forced, to leave their country. They have settled in all parts of the world and are now trying to rebuild their musical dream.
The Mozaiek Ensemble consists of eight young professional musicians, five of them come from Syria, one from France, one from Turkey and one from the Netherlands. The Mozaiek Ensemble offers the Dutch public a positive sound from Syria.
In doing so, we aim for a positive image within our pluriform society and pursue social cohesion. We bring together two worlds and bridge the gap between western and non-western cultures. So people get acquainted with each other’s cultures, with the intention of gaining more understanding, higher tolerance and more acceptance for each other.
Meet Our Musicians
Ayman Hajjmiandouble bass
Modar Salamapercussion and riq
Mireille is an award winning Dutch-Syrian soprano singer based in Amsterdam. She is the founder and artistic director of Mozaiek Ensemble. In 2018, she achieved a Master degree in Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and in 2013 she gained her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the High Institute of Music in Damascus.
Mireille’s notable achievements include:
• In 2021 she participated in the second season of the Dutch television programme ‘We Want More’.
• In 2019 she performed with the prestigious Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra which was conducted by Ruman Gamba.
• In 2016, Mireille was the solo soprano in ‘It is here if you see it, here if you hear it” with the Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
• In 2016 she sang the soprano role in Bach Cantate (BWV 61).
• In 2016 she sang the soprano role in Liebeslieder – Brahms.
• In 2017 she sang the mezzo-soprano role in Gloria Vivaldi.
• In 2015 she sang the mezzo-soprano role in Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins.
• In 2013 she sang the soprano role in Mass G-dur Schubert.
• In 2011 she sang the soprano role in Mozart’s ‘Requiem’.
• In 2010 she played Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ at Syria’s national opera house – directed by Julius Kalmar and Missak Baghboudarian.
Mireille has also worked with the Syrian Women Eastern Ensemble and with several middle eastern bands and ensembles inside and outside Syria.
She has won numerous awards for best singer and best Oud player with the ‘Kitharet Al Rouh Festival’.
Mireille has been a visiting tutor of Arabic singing in the Opleiding Docent Muziek department at the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 2017, and a singing teacher at Aslan Muziekcentrum Amsterdam since 2019.
Founder of Mozaiek Ensemble. A Syrian pianist, composer and music arranger, specialized in composing and arranging eastern and Arabic music.
Graduated from The Arabic Institute of Music as a pianist in 1992, studied the piano with professors Vladimir Zaritsky, Cynthia El-Wadi and Gaswan Zerikly.
A member of the Syrian Artists Association since 1998. Played the piano with big stars in the Arab world: Mayada El-Hennawy (1994-1996), Majida Al-Roumi (2000-2008), George Wassouf, Abdallah Al-Rowaished, Nour Mhanna, Samira Said, Elias Karam and Melhem Barakat.
He was the conductor of several singers’ bands in the Arab world including: Asala Nasri – Moeen Sherif – Rida – Houwaida – Rouwaida Attieh – Melhem Zein and others.
Composed and arranged many musical pieces, some of them are short songs and some are instrumental music without singing. On an assignment for opera Spanga 2018 he composed the Arabic March, inspired by Verdi’s triumphal march from the Opera Aida.
Feras comes from a musical family, he is the oldest son of Assad Khoury (1953) and the grandson of the famous musician Muhanna al – Khouri. Father Assad Khoury founded one of the first recording studios in Syria, the “Al Rabea studio” in 1985. The studio worked for the most important singers and musicians from the Arab world. Sayed Makkawi, Hulmi Bake, Mouhamad Soultan, Mayada Al-Hinnawi, Abdallah Ruwaished, Assala Nasri, Elias Karam and many others.
After becoming a member of the“Syrian Artist Association”in 1988, Feras worked together with his father in the studio and besides that as an arranger, composer and pianist with the Syrian Radio and Television. Until the attacks on the studios mid-2012. Unfortunately none of the archives with recordings are accessable.
Feras is a classical trained musician by his education, but he also learned everything about eastern music by his origin and work for the studios. The combination of this knowledge and experience can be found in his compositions and arrangements. A crossover of eastern and western-classical music.
Beste Sevindik studied violin at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory with Ceylan Kabakci and completed her Master’s degree with Sonja van Beek at Prince Claus Conservatoire as laureate of the Klaas Dijkstra Stipendium which she obtained at the Peter the Great Festival 2013. As chamber musician she has performed several times in Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey. In addition to her work on the stage, Beste works in projects which explore the role of musicians in society, such as Meaningful Music in Healthcare, in which music is made for surgical patients and their care staff at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).
A Syrian bass player, graduated from the High Institute of Music in Damascus in 2006. Worked with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2015. Worked with the Arabic Orchestra in Damascus. Worked with Algerian Symphonic Orchestra 2014/2015. Member in the “West Eastern Divan” Orchestra conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim in 2005/2006.
Dutch celloplayer. As a soloist and chamber musician he is known from the Cello8ctet Amsterdam, Cuarteto Sol Tango and Duo Verzaro. Since 2012 he is founder and artistic director of the Cervo Chamber Music festival.
He studied with Monique Bartels and Paul Uyterlinde at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and the Twents Conservatory Enschede. In 2004 he achieved his bachelor of music in 2004 and in 2009 his master of music at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck with Troels Svane.
He won several prizes with the EnAccord String Quartet and played with different ensembles. He was also a part of the company of Herman van Veen, Erik van der Wurff, Jann Cnossen en Edith Leerkes, and played with Carel Kraayenhof.
A French flutist, now a Master student at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the Baroque music department. Freelancer with Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Radio Philharmonic, Zuid-Nederland Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Lisboa, Palau De Los arts Valencia, BBC concert London, Orchestre du capitol de Toulouse.
Kanoun player and composer from Syria. Has studied kanoun at the Academy of Music in Damascus. During his studies he gave concerts in Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Since 2013 he lives in Germany and plays mostly in Germany and Europe. In 2015 he presented his new album with his own compositions (Man’s Journey). He performs both as a solo artist as well as in small ensembles and orchestras.
● The Kanoun is a string instrument, famous for its unique melodramatic sound. It has 78 tuning tones. The kanoun is not very well known with the western public but is one of the most important instruments in eastern music. In Arab music there are whole, half and quarter notes (in Turkish music even eighth notes).
A Syrian drummer and percussionist and riq player. He studied classical and Oriental percussion at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus. He played with the Syrian National Orchestra, the Syrian Big Band and many other international projects in China, Jordan, Tunisia, Austria, Germany, Lebanon and Egypt. He is now working in the Netherlands on a number of projects as an Arabic percussion player and drummer and he is creating his own style influenced by the soul of the Orient.
● The Riq is a type of Tambourine and a traditional instrument in Arab music. It consists of a woorden frame covered with goat skin and has ten pairs of small cymbals mounted in five pairs of slits.