Saleem Abboud Ashkar made his New York Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22 and has since worked with many of the World’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, La Scala Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
He performs regularly with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Lawrence Foster, Bertrand de Billy, Philip Jordan and Ludovic Morlot and following a highly successful debut with Christoph Eschenbach and the NDR Hamburg Orchestra, with whom he was immediately re-invited to work. Eschenbach invited Ashkar to play the Schumann Concerto with the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra in the Schumann Birthday Concert in June 2010. He toured extensively with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, including appearances at the Proms and Lucerne Festivals, in a tour celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the composer’s birth. Appearances in this and future seasons include invitations to make debuts with the Concertgebouw Orkest and the London Symphony Orchestra playing concerts in London and Bucharest, DSO Berlin, WDR Koln, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Maggio Musicale, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa on the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman, Bergen Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Danish Theatre.
A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, Ashkar appears regularly in series at venues such as the Concertgebouw, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikverein Vienna, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi Milan, Florence and at festivals including Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Proms with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, at Tivoli with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, in Lucerne, Ravinia, Risor, Menton and the Ruhr Klavier Festival, collaborating with artists including Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaj Znaider and Waltraud Meier.