• Music
  • Cello and Piano Concert
Cello and Piano Concert
  • Eglise Saint Joseph - Monnot
  • Saturday - May 4, 2019
  • 08:30 PM

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Jordanian pianist studied musicology at the Sorbonne and piano at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot, Paris and Trinity College of Music, London with the renowned Philip Fowke and the late Raymond Banning. 

Zina had the chance to study with the renowned, Ruth Nuy (Claudio Arrau's student), Eric Vidonne, Andre Gorog, Colette Fernier, and took masterclasses with world famous pianists such as Pascal Roge, Billy Eidi, Eric le Sage, Kemal Gekic, Laurent Cabasso, Muza Rubackyte and Gulcin Onay.

Throughout her musical career Zina works with several renowned musicians worldwide such as Stephan Moeller, Pierrick Boisseau, Pierre Morabia, Cag Ercag, Tahir Aydogdu, Adrien Frasse Sombet, and Aysu Sadiqova . In 2008 Zina founded Ateek an initiative repesenting contemporary Arab composers and won two grants by The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) for the cd recordings of Tricoter for Trio music with qanun by composers Iyad Mohammad, Tarek Younis, Haithem Sukkarieh and ,and Troubadour cd  which included  newly composed chamber music for the Ateek Ensemble by composers Iyad Mohammad, Tarek Younis, Joelle Khoury and Haitham Sukkarieh . Her latest album entitled Folklore, recorded in France at Malambo Studio with the French cellist Adrien Frasse Sombet, has just been released on the label Maguelone and is available on the site http://www.maguelone.fr/en/ as well as Naxos. The cd consists of music by  two contemporary Arab composers Boghos Gelalian and Dia Succari .

She is currently working on her new Ateek  project entitled  'Poem'  which is a  concert and cd project of music composed by contemporary Arab composers to poems by Arab women. The programme will include a Three songs Cycle ( World Premiere) by Iyad Mohammad on poems by  Mais Taha commissioned for this project as well as songs by Haitham Sukkarieh, Tarek Younis. Wissam Jibran and Dia Succari. The musicians will include Cellist Cag Ercag. Aysu Sadiqova on the qanun and soprano Hala Hachem from Lebanon as well as  Zina on the piano.

Zina is currently preparing for a concert in Beirut in collaboration with the Conservatoire Libanais National Superier de Musique on the 4 th of May 2019 with Turkish renowned cellist Cag Ercag at the Saint Joseph Church - Monot. The programme will include a World Premiere Sonatina for cello and piano by Iyad Mohammad and two great sonatas by Shostakovitch and Boghos Gelalian as well as some Ravel, Piazzolla, and Saint Saens .


Zina performs as soloist and accompanist in different parts of the world such as Istanbul, Beirut, Sharjah, Paris, Nice, Frankfurt and London, she also teaches worldwide. 


Çag Erçag entered the Hacettepe University State Conservatoire in 1986 and studied under Jozsef Györffy and Prof Dogan Cangal finishing the school with honors. During his education he gave concerts in France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Egypt and many other countries with the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and had the opportunity to attend Lluis Claret’s master-class.

Erçag performed with artists like Gürer Aykal, Fazıl Say, Ayla Erduran, Ayşegül Sarıca, Robert Cohen, Aleksander Rudin and Daniel Grosgurin and appeared at the 35th Istanbul Music Festival (2007) with the Borusan Chamber Orchestra as well as Cyprus, Eskişehir, and Mersin Music Festivals. He performed as a soloist with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Presidential Symphony, Izmir State Symhony, Bursa Regional Symphony, Antalya State Symphony Orchestras, Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra and the Şişli Municipal Orchestra in Strasbourg.

He was appointed solo cellist of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003. Apart from BIPO, he is also a member of the cello ensemble of four members established in 2002, Çellistanbul and the Borusan Quartet.

Together with Borusan Quartet for which Gerhard Schulz of the Alban Berg Quartet is an a music advisor, they attended the master-classes of Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Epstein, Juilliard Quartet. In addition to their regular seasonal concerts at the Süreyya Opera and the Borusan Music House in Istanbul, they had many tours in Turkey as well as France, Germany, Austria, Italy, USA and many other countries. In May 2010 they were awarded the “Chamber Ensemble of the Year” at the Andante magazine’s Classical Music Awards. They also won the gold medal at the 2010 ICMEC International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (USA) from among 88 other ensembles and performed at the Weill Recital Hall. Erçağ performed with the Borusan Quartet in cities like Montpellier, Milano, Strasbourg and Boston as well as Ankara Music, Antalya Piano, D-Marin (Bodrum), Istanbul Music, Merano (Italy), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) Festivals an appeared as soloists with the Izmir, Istanbul, Bursa, Eskişehir Symphony Orchestras.

Çag Erçag plays a 1740 Petrus Guarneri cello the purchase of which architect-photographer Ahmet Ertug has contributed to in memory of his father’s love for classical music.


Boghos Gelalian (1927-2011)  An Armenian composer, arranger, pianist, piano and harmony teacher residing in Lebanon and born in Syria. Gelalian was inspired by Armenian and Middle-Eastern modes and rhythmical patterns. By creatively exploiting the chromatic fragments of such scales, and experimenting with their harmonization, Gelalian reached a degree of chromaticism that approached atonal music inventing a new style  "orientalisant" . Intensely melodic, driven by incessant rhythmic energy, harmonically quite intricate, and highly original, Gelalian's music strives to transcend all national and cultural barriers to reach a universal public.

He won 1st, 2nd and 4th at the  Grand concours de la composition libanaise in 1964-66, receiving the acknowledgement of such renouned European composers as Pierre Petit, Henri Dutilleux, H. H. Stuckenschmidt, and others. Gelalian’s  sonata for cello and piano approaches a maturity of style described by  French cellist Adrien Frasse Sombet as ‘Chopin Oriental’ .

Iyad A. Mohammad (b. 1976) is a Jordanian composer and assistant professor at the Music Department/Faculty of Fine Arts of the Yarmouk University, Jordan. He holds a Master's Degree in Composition and a Ph. D. in Fine Arts from the Belarus Academy of Music. Iyad has written a number of compositions for orchestra and various chamber ensembles including Patterns I, Metamorphoses, Silent Prayers, Klangfiguren, Mawlawi, Tahlila (commissioned by Maerzmusic Festspiel – Berlin 2013) and is the author of several publications on the oeuvre of Helmut Lachenmann and contemporary music.

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