Saturday, 9 November 2013

VerTeDance in Jerusalem!

We have the pleasure to invite you to the performance of the Czech contemporary dance ensemble VerTeDance from Prague.


The artists are going to present their new show 
"Through the Bottle Neck"
on Monday, November 11th 2013 at 7:00pm
at Hind al Husseini College Theatre Hall, East Jerusalem

We are looking forward to welcome you as our guest!

Further information: – Phone: 0548197311 -

Monday, 28 October 2013

Welcome the Islamic New Year with a Trio Concert at Al Quds University!

We have the pleasure to invite you to
a trio concert with the artists

Aneta Majerova (piano), Petr Nouzovský (violoncello)
and Tomas Tulacek (violin).  

Aneta Majerova

Tomas Tulacek
Petr Nouzovsky

  Monday, November 4th 2013 at 7:00 pm
Hind al Husseini College Theatre Hall, East Jerusalem

The trio will perform pieces by Leopold Kozeluh , Johann Baptist Vanhal, David Popper, Karoly Goldmark and Ferenc Erkel.
We are looking forward to welcome you as our guest!

Further information: – Phone: 0548197311 -

Monday, 21 October 2013

Syrian composer Yazan Loujami – winner of the Al Quds Composition Award 2013

Yazan Loujami

Syrian composer Yazan Loujami is the winner of the international       Al Quds Composition Award 2013.
The Al-Quds Composition Award was launched and the world premiere of its winning submission presented by the new Al-Quds University College of Music in East Jerusalem.

In its second year the award celebrated the magic and uniqueness of Arabic storytelling and poetry. All participants were invited to reflect on the poem ‘Qais, Majnoun Laila / قيس ، مجنون ليلى” which was dedicated by the Palestinian writer and poet Mahmoud Abu Hashash.

Poet Mahmoud Abu Hashhash

The Al Quds Composition Award was successfully introduced for the first time in 2012 with participants from all around the world. The award aims to encourage the creation of high quality chamber music works, which include elements of Oriental and/or Western European music combined with human voice.
Composers from a.o. Jordan, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia, South Korea, Canada and the Netherlands participated in the second edition of this international competition for contemporary composition. 

Pianist Karl Kronthaler and soprano Lisa Mostin during the world premiere in Jerusalem

This year’s winner Yazan Loujami is a 19 years old Syrian Composer, born in Damascus in 1994. He started learning the violin when he was six years and soon got involved in music composition. He was part in various musical projects like the Syrian children and youth orchestra. In 2010 his first orchestral work was performed at the Syrian opera house under the direction of British conductor Howard Williams.
After graduating from Solhi al-Wadi Music Institute, he studied at the higher institute of Music and Performing Arts in Damascus, besides being an architecture student.
Yazan Loujami recently moved to Amman where he will continue his studies. His works include: In search of Basel (piano), Slama's Waltz (orchestra) and other works for violin and brass ensembles.

Karl Kronthaler, Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Lisa Mostin and Ferran Sola Albrich after the performance at the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah.

The international committee of music experts was highly impressed by the powerful musical imagination, the unique individual style and the virtuosity of the young composer.
The world premiere of Yazan Loujami’s musical creation “Qais, Majnoun Laila” was performed by Karl Kronthaler (piano), Lisa Mostin (soprano) and Ferran Sola Albrich (violoncello) at Hind Al Husseini Theatre Hall in East Jerusalem.
"The honor of winning this award means a lot”, said Yazan Loujami. “Even though I couldn't be there for the premiere; the chance of working with such a promising institution, and such amazing musicians is priceless, because through this project I was in contact with a place that is very dear to me and to all Syrians, and it means that despite all the borders and the checkpoints between Syria and Palestine, music can still make its way through."
For further details please contact:

Friday, 11 October 2013

Il Trittico - Concert at St. Anne's Basilica Jerusalem

We have the pleasure to invite you to


St. Anne’s Basilica, Old City Jerusalem

Sunday, October 13th 2013 at 7:30 pm 

St. Anne's Basilica Jerusalem
With the Al Quds College of Music Chorus as well as Wael Abou Saloum (oud), Mira Azar (voice), Stefan Heckel (accordeon), Sylvia Khittl-Muhr (voice), Karl Kronthaler (chorus conductor), Conrad Muck (violin) and Raed Said (musical direction/percussion).
We are looking forward to welcome you as our guest!

Al Quds Composition Award Gala Ramallah

After a breathtaking world premiere in Jerusalem we are loking forward 
to perform the winning piece of this year's Al Quds Composition Award in Ramallah. 

The concert takes place on Saturday, October 12th at 6.30 pm (wintertime) 
at the Mahmoud Darwish Foundation. 

Music scores by Maria Tupay Duque

We are proud to announce the young Syrian composer YAZAN LOUJAMI as the winner of this 
year's Al Quds Composition Award. 

His musical creation was inspired by the poem "Qais, Majnoun Laila" by Palestinian poet 

Mahmoud Abu Hashhash

The piece will be surounded by compositions of Giuseppe Verdi, Henry Purcell, W.A. 
Mozart and G.F. Händel as well as tradional arabic melodies. 

Among the performing artists are Hiba Awad, Slavomir Horinka, Sylvia Khittl-Muhr, Karl 
Kronthaler, Lisa Mostin, Sarah Said, Hanin Rjoub, Ferran Sola Albrich, Sama Shafea and 
Rita Tawil. 

It is our pleasure to invite you to this special event. 
We are looking forward to welcome you and your family as our guest! 

Sunday, 18 August 2013


We have the pleasure to invite you to our first concert of the new season  with German pianist Luisa Imorde on September 4th at 7 pm at Hind Al Husseini College Theatre hall in East Jerusalem. The artist will perform pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann.

Luisa Imorde

"Luisa Imorde enchants the audience" was the headline of daily newspaper Bonn’s in 2010.
She was born in 1989 in Bielefeld, Germany. Upon receiving first piano lessons by her mother Gisa Scheel at the age of three, she had lessons with Zuzana Cizmarovic, Prof. Andreas Frölich, and – since october 2012 – she sudied in the master class of Prof. Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In addition to several first prizes in national music competitions Luisa Imorde has won prizes in Italy, Germany and Spain in international piano competitions. In October 2011 she won the 2nd Prize of the International Piano Competition "José Roca" in Valencia, as youngest participant.

Luisa Imorde

She has performed in the Mozart-Saal of Hamburg, in the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, in the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the Schumann-Haus Bonn and the Cologne Philharmonic as well as in Poland, Italy, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands and Slovakia. Last year she was invited to Rhein-Ruhr-Festival and the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin. Also, she performed alongside world-renowned oboist Albrecht Mayer and played in the Essen Philharmonic at the masterclass of Sol Gabetta. Concerts with the violinist Prof. Stephan Picard are planned for this very year.

In 2009 she received the NRW scholarship. Since october 2009 she holds a scholarship from the Oscar und Vera Ritter-Foundation. Last year, she became stipendiary of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Friday, 26 July 2013


Swiss pianist Mary Freiburghaus and Hungarian violinist Édua Zádory, both professors at the Al Quds University College of Music, will perform a colourful program of classical tango and jazz music at the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah.

Mary Freiburghaus (c) Gisler

Édua Zádory (c) Raffay

Sunday, July 28th 2013 at 9:30 pm
At the Al-Galilee Hall of the
Ramallah – Palestine

We are looking forward to welcome you as our guest!

Friday, 5 July 2013


Out of the series „Music scores“ by Maria Tupay Duque

The Al-Quds Composition Award will be presented by the new Al-Quds University College of Music. In its second year the award will be celebrating the magic and uniqueness of Arabic story telling and poetry. Al Quds College of Music aims for excellence in musical education, allowing our young talented musicians to have access to a level of learning and professional advancement hitherto unavailable in Palestine. The winning submission will be honoured and performed during the Autumn Academy of Al-Quds University College of Music, Jerusalem, in October 2013. The Al Quds Composition Award was successfully introduced for the first time in 2012 with participants from all around the world. This year again the award aims to encourage the creation of high quality chamber music works, which include elements of Oriental and/or Western European music combined with human voice.

The music should be inspired by and reflect on the poem ‘QAIS, MAJNOUN LAILA / قيس ، مجنون ليلى
by the Palestinian writer and poet Mahmoud Abu Hashash. The composer can choose between an Arabic and an English version of the poem.

عتاب سريع
أي عينٍ كبتْ فيكَ في أرض ليلى،
وأية أرضٍ هوتْ تحت قلبك حتى تَدحرجَ في ألف وادٍ وواد
قصائد تنبؤها الريحُ
أي جنٍ أصابك في أرض عبقر
حتى تراها
 نجوما وشمساً فتحرق نفسكْ
وسرب ظباء وماء فيسكن حبُك سهمَكْ
وتصرخ في الظبي ليلى،
فتبكي عليك الجبالُ، وتبكي معكً
أتذكر كم مرةً قلت يا قيس ليلى
وما شهدت ليلةً قمرك
أي آلهة قد أمدتك بالحب والشعر والدين والكفر
حتى سبقتَ دليل الطيور إلى حيث صرت فناءك
أنتِ التي أيقظتِ فيه الحبَ
قبل الشعر يا ليلى فجُنْ
ورآه في عين القصيدة كاملا في الصدِّ،
 - كنْ يا قيسُ شاهدة الرخام على ضريحي شاعرا حتى تصدَّ
الريح عن رمل العظام ودرْ
جسداً بلاه الوجدُ فوق الأرض، درْ في الدائرات فلكْ

- شتتني اللسانُ وضل بي جسدٌ هلكْ


What, oh what, flung you into this land of Laila
The land that cracked beneath your heart
Prophesies blown out by the wind,
Poems rolling over

What jinn possessed you
What led you into the Valley of the Muses
That you saw her as the stars and the sun
And burnt yourself up
You saw her as herd of deer
around the pond of water
But your hunt is never done
Love withholds your arrow

The mountains weep with you,
The mountains weep for you

Remember how you cried out a thousand times: Lailaaaaaaa,
Not once did she witness your moon, not one single night

What gods endowed you with such love,
All this poetry, this faith and faithlessness
Till you arrived and found yourself mirrored
in the Simorgh
witnessing the dissolution of your being?

Why, Laila, did you arouse love in him?
To let him go mad and remain in frenzy?
To see his verses perfected by longing?

Said you to him:
Oh, Qais, be the epitaph on the marble stone of my tomb
Be a poet and let your poems become a wall around my bones
protected from the winds of time

And let your anguished body wander lost on this earth
While your soul spins in the orbit with the planets

-,Consumed, I am, by my tongue,
and my body lies sapped out-
murmured Qais
                                                                                                          Translated by Sukrita Paul Kumar

About the author:

Mahmoud Abu Hashhash

Mahmoud Abu Hashhash is a Palestinian writer and a poet who lives and works in Ramallah. He was first published in “The Everlasting Guests of Fire” a poetry book published by the Palestinian House of Poetry (Ramallah, 1999) and presented for the first time with a group of young Palestinian poets. Abu Hashhash published his first poetry collection “Agony of the Glass” by the Palestinian House of Poetry (2001), and his second one “Istibaha” by The Arab Institute for Publishing (Beirut 2006). In the same year, his first novel “Hebr/ Ink” was released by Azmena Publishing House (Amman, 2007). A second edition of the novel was published in Algeria by Mim Publishing House (Algeria 2007), and a French translation of the novel with the title “Ramallah, mon amour” was published by Galaade Edition (Paris, 2007). A selection of his poems have been translated and published in different anthologise and magazines.  In 2002 he participated in the prestigious Iowa International Writing Program (Iowa, USA).
Mahmoud Abu Hashhash works as the director of the Culture and Arts Programme at the A. M. Qattan Foundation. He graduated from Birzeit University, and received his master's degree in Arts Criticism and Management from City University, London, in 2004.
Mahmoud edited, co-edited and contributed to several art books and catalogues about Palestinian Artists.  He also writes lyrics, articles and catalogue essays on art and visual culture in Palestine. Many of his poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies in various languages.

محمود أبو هشهش

كاتب وشاعر يعيش في رام الله، ويعمل مديراً لبرنامج الثقافة والفنون في مؤسسة عبد المحسن القطان.
حصل على درجة الماجستير في النقد الفني والإدارة الفنية من جامعة سيتي بلندن( 2004)، وعلى بكالوريس في الأدب الإنجليزي من جامعة بيرزيت بفلسطين.
صدر له ديوان "استباحة" عن المؤسسة العربية للدراسات والنشر (2006) ورواية "حبر" عن دار أزمنة بعمان (2006) ثم عن دار ميم للنشر في الجزائر (2007) ، كما نشرت هذه الرواية مترجمة  بالفرنسية تحت عنوان "Ramallah, mon amour" عن دار جالاد للنشر بباريس (2007). أصدر ديوانه الأول "وجع الزجاج"  عن بيت الشعر الفلسطيني (2001)، وشارك في ديوان " ضيوف النار الدائمون" الصادر عن المؤسسة العربية للدراسات والنشر وبيت الشعر الفلسطيني (1999).
إضافة إلى الكتابة الأدبية، يمارس محمود أبو هشهش النقد الفني، وينشر مقالات حول الفنون والثقافة البصرية، كما ساهم في وحرر وشارك في تحرير مجموعة من الكتالوجات والكتب الفنية. وكتب عدداً من الأغنيات لفرق موسيقية فلسطينية شابة.
نشرت قصائده مترجمة في عدد الأنطولوجيات والمجلات. 
له مسرحية غير منشورة بعنوان "الضيف" (2011)، ويعمل حالياً على عمل روائي.

Submission Details

Title of the new piece: QAIS, MAJNOUN LAILA / محمود أبو هشهش
Deadline of submission: September 3rd 2013
Composition prize: 1000 Euros
Maximum of instruments or voices involved: 3 (human voice is obligatory)

A panel of judges consisting of international composers and contemporary music experts will select the winning composition. The winning composer is expected to attend the rehearsals and award concert. The cost of travel and accommodation will be covered.

Please send the score digitally or by post to:
Petra R. Klose
Al-Quds University College of Music
c/o Künstler und Kulturprojekte
Marc Aurel Strasse 2a/6/8
1010 Vienna - Austria

The score must contain the composer's name, address, telephone number, e-mail and a brief biographical sketch.
The premiere performance of the winning composition will be presented in concerts in Jerusalem and Ramallah in October 2013.

For further information please contact:

Ms. Petra R. Klose
Tel: +43 664 2549593 or +972 54 4687640


We very much enjoyed the last Morning Art Garden on June 22nd at Al Quds University Campus in Abu Dies with professors and students of Al Quds University. Here are some impressions of the event caught on camera by Mona Aipperspach.

Thursday, 16 May 2013


We have the pleasure to invite you to a concert with

and EMILY WITTBRODT (violoncello).

  Saturday, May 25th 2013 at 7:00 pm
Hind al Husseini College Theatre Hall, East Jerusalem 

The artists will perform pieces by Edward Elgar, Robert Schumann,
Georg Friedrich Händel, Henrik Winiawsky and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

We are looking forward to welcome you as our guest!


We would like to invite you to an

with Markus Adenberger (clarinet), Mary Freiburghaus (piano),
Matthew Laughlin (violoncello) and Edua Zadory (violin).

We are proud of all our "music introduction" students of our first semester in Jerusalem! Many thanks to them, our professors and all wonderful artists who have visited us over the last months! To celebrate this occasion we would like to invite you to a very special concert!
Monday, May 20th 2013 at 2:00 pm
Hind al Husseini College Theatre Hall                                  
East Jerusalem

(C) Aipperspach

We would be happy to welcome you as our guest!


We would like to invite you to our next 


Sunday, May 19th 2013,10 am,
in the gardens of 
Al Quds University Campus Abu Dies

Enjoy a colourful music programme of students and music professors of Al Quds University and 
international visiting artists!

For all students who wish to perform and participate in our
Morning Art Garden events please contact:

Sunday, 12 May 2013

MARKUS ADENBERGER visits Al Quds University

We are looking forward to welcome clarinetist Markus Adenberger at the Al Quds College of Music next week and to enjoy musical encounters with him and professors of Al Quds University on our campuses in Jerusalem and Abu Dies.

Markus Adenberger

Markus Adenberger studied at The State Conservatory of Carinthia with Helmut Vallant and Hubert Salmhofer and at the University of Arts in Graz with Wolfgang Klinser. Further studies led him to Berlin to Alexander Bader (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). He studied Chamber Music at The State Conservatory of Carinthia with the „Trio Assai“ under the guidance of Elisabeth Fister. Adenberger attended masterclasses with Mate Bekavac (International Soloist), Martin Spangenberg (University of Music Weimar), Rupert Fankhauser (University of Music Vienna), Helmut Hödl (Conservatory of Eisenstadt) and Howard Klug (Indiana University of Music in Bloomington).

During the season 2008/2009 Adenberger was engaged by the Dormund Philharmonic and by The State Theatre Eisenach from March to June 2010. Currently, he is a clarinettist in The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, in The Strauss Festival Orchestra, in The Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra and teaches at the Association of Music Schools of Lower Austria. As a soloist he performed with the Carinthia Symphony Orchestra the clarinet concert of Aaron Copland, among other works. 
Furthermore Adenberger is founder of The Vienna Wind Ensemble. With this chamber music group he tours all the world giving concerts and masterclasses to teach viennese music. They are currently studying in Post-Graduate Level at the University of Music in Vienna with Gottfried Pokorny.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

ALL THAT JAZZ! Al Quds University celebrates the International Jazz Day in the Old City of Jerusalem

Join us for a unique concert at the Patriarch’s Pool in the Old City!

We are looking forward to the performances of Gaspar Bertoncelj (percussion) from Slovenia, Samira Dainan (voice) from the Netherlands, Mary Freiburghaus (piano) from Switzerland, Bakr Khleifi (double bass) from Palestine, Karl Kronthaler (piano) from Germany and Tamar Haddad (voice) from Palestine.

Meeting point to be guided to the Patriarch’s Pool: 5.30 pm at Jaffa Gate.

For reservation and further information please contact:

Gasper Bertoncelj

Mary Freiburghaus

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


Samira Dainan is a vocalist and writer, born, raised and based in Amsterdam. She finds inspiration in her European and North-African roots. When creating songs, she searches for the colors, warmth and soul of her fathers’ country. 

Samira Dainan

Samira explored her love for art and culture at University where she graduated on the subject ‘Bedouin Law and Poetry’. She studied jazz and travelled to Spain and Morocco to develop her musical- and vocal
techniques. Back in Holland Samira has been working on several music and poetry projects in the Dutch music scene. 

For her musical exchange in Jerusalem she is supported by the European Cultural Foundation. Next to that she is writing her debut novel.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


We are looking forward to host a concert with the palestinian soprano Dima Bawab and the Italian pianist Andrea Vigna-Taglianti who will pressent a unique program of pieces by Erik Satie at Hind Al Husseini Campus Theatre Hall on March 28th at 7 pm.