Samir Mansour (D/SYR)
In his younger days, Samir Mansour played the Arabian lute oud and learnt from different teachers, amongst others at the institute for Free Theater in Damascus. Later on he studied tuba and kanoun (zither) at the conservatory of Damascus.
He played tuba in the Syrian Symphony Orchestra and the oud in the National Syrian Orchestra for Arabian music.
With oud and singing he performed in various radio and television broadcasts and created the melodies for several films. His compositions range from operetta to awarded musical settings of several theater plays.
Mansour is founding member and tuba player of the Palestinian Youth Symphony Orchestra founded in 2004. This orchestra is promoted by Prof. Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim.
Since 1999 he lives in Germany and can be seen as an ambassador of the Oriental culture. In this sense he founded 2005 the ensemble „Layalina“ that dedicates to Arabian music art and plays amongst others Mansour's own compositions.
In 2009 he founded the Intercultural Orchestra of the Musikschule Tübingen and directed it until 2013.
He founded the German-Arabian Hiwar Choir in Stuttgart in 2007, in order to transmit and promote an intercultural dialogue and he directs this choir until today. The radio stations Deutschlandradio Kultur and the Südwestrundfunk reported on this project.
Since September 2015 he is the mayor lecturer for Arabian oud at the the Popakademie Mannheim. Furthermore, he is also engaged in manifold intercultural projects.