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Based in London, the Jordanian-born pianist made his Barbican Centre debut with the English Chamber Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis in 2009, just a few months before his BBC Proms debut playing Berg’s Chamber Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. As a long-term member of the West-Eastern Divan, he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in such halls as Berlin’s Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.
After leaving London’s Purcell School of Music in 2007, he was awarded a full Scholarship to study with Prof. Tatiana Sarkissova at the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2008 Karim was the subject of ‘’Karim’s Journey”, an hour-long documentary film by Christopher Nupen, shown internationally and on BBC Television. Karim Said is the recipient of over fifteen prizes and awards, including the Margaret Kitchin Scholarship Award, the Peter Andry Scholarship from the Lynn Foundation and a scholarship from The Wall Trust.
Highlights of last season included a series of three recitals which Karim curated as part of the International Piano Series and The Rest is Noise festival at Southbank Centre in London. Taking the music of Schoenberg as their focus the concerts included a fascinating on-stage discussion with BBC’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch where Karim spoke about the composer, his music and his influence.
A keen collaborator, Karim has taken part in productions as a pianist alongside such actors and directors as Vanessa Redgrave, Nadim Sawalha and Patrice Chéreau. His activities as a chamber musician have included performances with Waltraud Meier, Dorothea Röschmann, Gabriel Croitoru and the Utrecht String Quartet for a live performance on Dutch Radio.
An aspiring conductor, Karim has taken part in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and has recently founded the Da Vinci Players (www.facebook.com/davinciplayers)- an ensemble of which he is a member as both pianist and conductor.
Most recently, Karim gave debuts at the La Roque D’Antheron and Lucerne festivals – with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra- a solo recital at Toulouse’s ‘’Piano Aux Jacobins” and a concerto with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in his Tokyo debut at the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall.
Future engagements include a performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This recital is a dry-run of some of his repertoire for a CD he will be recording for Opus Arte.
Sonata in D major, op. 28 (‘Pastorale’)
Sonata movement (Rondo) for piano
Suite for Piano, op. 14
Interval (20 minutes)
Suite No. 2, op. 10
Nocturne in E major, op. 62, no. 2
Nocturne in F major, op. 15, no. 1
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, op. 20
All Saints’ Church, Farley, Salisbury SP5 1AH
Tickets £15.00 (£10.00 for Friends of Farley Music) from Salisbury Playhouse 01722 320333, or on the door to include an interval drink