Sunday, 2 December 2012


We would cordially like to invite you to our holiday season concert with Polish tenor Jan Petryka and our professors Anastasiia Dombrovska (piano) and Edua Zadoy (violin).

Tenor Jan Petryka

December 13th, 7:00 pm, at the Hind al Husseini College Theatre Hall in East Jerusalem.

The artists will be presenting a program of polish Christmas songs, Hungarian melodies and pieces by Chopin, Mozart and Moniusko.

For further information please contact 054 4687640 or send an e-mail to

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Concert in Bethlehem


to a concert in partnership with the Dar Al Kalima College in Bethlehem
Anastasiia Dombrovska (piano), Edua Zadory (violin) and the Dar Al-Kalima Strings (guitar ensemble)

Edua Zadory and Anastasiia Dombrovska

                             November 8th, 6:00 pm

at the Al-Dar Theatre  - Dar Alnnadwa
St. Paul VI (Al-Madbasseh) Street in Bethlehem

Edua Zadory and Anastasiia Dombrovska are professors of the new Al Quds University College of Music Project. They will perform pieces by Pablo de Sarasate, Jeno Hubay, Johannes Brahms and
Franz Liszt

Monday, 5 November 2012

Welcome Anastasiia Dombrovska!

We are proud to announce that internationally renowned pianist Anastasiia Dombrovska has joined the team of the Al Quds University College of Music Project.

Anastasiia Dombrovska

Mrs. Dombrovska participated as soloist in the Al Quds Competition Award Celebration Gala Concerts in Jerusalem and Abu Dies and performed further concerts of the Al Quds Autumn Academy in Ramallah and at the Hammam Al Ayn in the Old City of Jerusalem. 
She moved from Vienna to Abu Dies and has started to teach students at the Al Quds Music Department.

Anastasiia Dombrovska together with Edua Zadory at the Autumn Academy press conference.

Anastasiia Dombrovska was born in Uzhgorod-Ukraine. She studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She is awardee of several international competitions in Ukraine, Slovakia, the Frederic Chopin competitions in Poland and Estonia as well as winner of the "Bluethner Golden Tone Award competition 2009". Together with Edua Zadory they founded the Duo EDAN who won the first prize at the prestige Gaetano Zinetti international chamber music competition in Sanguinetto / Verona.
She has played concerts in Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Poland, Belarus, Greece and in many cities of Ukraine with orchestras such as Orchestra of Szczecin (Poland), Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Tallinn (Estonia), Symphonic Orchestra Kiev (Ukraine), Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine) and the Symphonic Orchestra Czernowitz (Ukraine).

Find more information about Anastasiia Dombrovska on her website:!/dombrovska/

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Invitation to a presentation by Lukas Pairon

November 3rd, 11 am, at the Music Department
of Al Quds University Campus in Abu Dies

Lukas Pairon is general director of the famous contemporary music ensemble Ictus ( and directs the organization Music Fund ( which gives support to music schools in the Middle East and Africa through donations of music instruments and training programs for technicians able to repair such instruments.
From 2009 until 2012, he founded and was in charge of 3rdParty, a 3-year educational program creating bridges between youngsters in Belgium and peace- and human rights activists in the Middle East.
Mr. Pairon will present the organization “Music Fund” and talk about his PhD study at the University of Ghent on the topic: "The impact of the study of music on young people in conflict (Practices in culture and development – a comparative study of the role of music in development projects, with a specific interest in music and conflict)".

Friday, 19 October 2012

Stefan Heckel - Winner of the first Al Quds Composition Award

"Impossible Grace" a poem written by Indian poet Meena Alexander has inspired the first Al-Quds Composition Award. Alexander wrote "Impossible Grace" while she was poet in residence at Al-Quds University in 2011. "I was haunted by divisions in this city of golden stone and prayers, and the fact that some of the gates are shut to people" Alexander said, referring to ancient gates in Old Jerusalem, and Israel's constant military presence. "And the almost impossible light that edges it all, the mystical Jerusalem."

Selected by a panel of international composers and contemporary music experts, the winning composition received a prize of 1000 Euros and two public performances in Jerusalem and Abu Dies under the artistic direction of Anke Rauthmann, director of the Berlin International Opera.
The goal of the award was to encourage the creation of high quality chamber music that combines the human voice with elements of both Arabic and Western European musical traditions, thus celebrating the cultural uniqueness of the city of Jerusalem. Al Quds University was delighted to receive submissions from Palestine, Austria, Spain, Finland, Brazil, Switzerland, Poland and the United States.
The poem "Impossible Grace" which has already been published in the United States in a literary journal TriQuarterly Online, was also part of a pamphlet of Alexander's Jerusalem poems, published by Al-Quds University in conjunction with the winning composition's October premiere.
(c) Mona Aipperspach
Winner of the first Al Quds Composition Award is the Austrian composer Stefan Heckel. His composition was remarked by the committee of experts for its special instrumentation, its atmosphere, originality and sensitivity regarding the use of Meena Alexander's text.
Stefan Heckel, who has been connected to Jerusalem in his work as an artist for many years, perceived Meena Alexander's poem as a promenade through the Old City of Jerusalem. He composed a musical equivalent to Meena Alexander's lyrics by creating a musical style recalling medieval and oriental sounds choosing the oud as his leading instrument.
The world premiere of "Impossible Grace" was performed by an ensemble of Palestinian and international musicians and was enthusiastically acclaimed by audiences in Jerusalem and Abu Dies.  Further performances of "Impossible Grace” are planned for the coming season. The piece was recorded at Al Quds Educational TV in Ramallah and will soon be presented by the Al Quds University College of Music.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Final concert of the Al Quds Autumn Academy

We would like to invite you to the final concert of the Al Quds Aumun Academy 2012.
October 10th at 7pm 
Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center in Ramallah

Participants: Anastasiia Dombrovska (piano), Karl Kronthaler (piano and musical direction), Christian von Oldenburg (voice), Edua Zadory (violin) and soloists of the Schmidt's Girls College Jerusalem.

 Enjoy a colourful programme with pieces by Mozart, Purcell, Händel, Humperdinck, Hubay, Cassia, Ilachy and Liszt.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Music and Philosophy

Invitation to an international artist panel about

 Music and Phiosophy

   8 October 12.00 at Abu Dies University Campus
El Jamal Hall

Panel with music and art performance at Abu Dies University Campus
Participants: Prof. Sari Nusseibeh (philosopher), Peter Tuma (philosopher), Stefan Heckel (composer), Anastasiia Dombrovska (piano), Edua Zadory (violin) and Mike Büchel (live painting).

Participants from different disciplines discuss how philosophy and music are connected and inspire each other.