Saleem Ashkar

“Ashkar’s virtuosity is formidable, all the more so because it doesn’t draw attention to itself: everything is taste and elegance personified.” (Ottawa Citizen)

Credit: Luidmila Jermies


Saleem 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. He performs regularly with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Ricardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Lawrence Foster, Philip Jordan, Nikolaj Znaider, Pietari Inkinen and Jaakub Hrusa.

A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, Saleem’s current focus is a complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle presented by the Konzerthaus Berlin which spans the 2016/17 season. Saleem will perform the cycle in parallel in Prague and Osnabrück and his home country of Israel.

Highlights of the current and future seasons include performances with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and a tour to Australia. He will also travel to Canada and the US for a re-invitation to the National Arts Centre Ottawa, an appearance at Cal Performances, Berkeley, and a residency at Brown University.

Saleem is Ambassador to the Music Fund, a humanitarian project that supports musicians and music schools in conflict areas and developing countries.

Performance Schedule



BACH Concerto No. 3 in D major BWV 1054
BACH Concerto No. 5 in F minor BWV 1056

BERG Chamber Concerto

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major Op. 15
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Op. 19
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Op. 37
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor” Op. 73
BEETHOVEN Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra Op. 80

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor Op. 15
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major Op. 83

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op. 11

FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain

GERSHWIN Piano Concert in F

GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25
MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 40
MENDELSSOHN Rondo Brillant in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra Op. 29

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major K. 271
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major K. 365
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major K.414
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major K.415
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major K.449
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major K.453
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major K. 459
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K.466
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K.467
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major K.482
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K.488
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K.491
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major K.503
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major K.537, Coronation
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major K.595

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18

RAVEL Piano Concerto for the left hand in D major

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54

SAINT-SAENS Africa, Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra Op. 89
SAINT-SAENS Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major Op. 103

STRAUSS ‘Burleske in D minor’

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Op. 44

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