Artist: Bassam Saba

Bassam Saba of Lebanon is a world-renowned virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist and leading figure of Arabic music. Saba studied nay, oud and violin at the Lebanon National Conservatory. He received his B.A. in Western Classical Music and Flute Performance at the Conservatoire Municipal des Gobelins in Paris, and his Master’s in Western Flute Performance and Music Education from the Gnessin Musical Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. Saba has toured extensively with the diva of the Arab World, Fairouz, as well as Marcel Khalife, Simon Shaheen and Ziad Rahbani.

He has collaborated with classical and pop stars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Alicia Keys and Carlos Santana, and jazz icons such as Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. Saba, one of the most sought-after teachers of Arabic music, co-founded and directs the New York Arabic Orchestra. Saba has been invited to perform as a soloist for the Hanover Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic, Beirut Philharmonic, Zurich Orchestra and East Oakland Bay Symphony, among others.

Bassam Saba
Beirut, Lebanon and NYC

Maya Beiser: ProvenanceMatt Herskowitz: Jerusalem TrilogyBassam Saba Ensemble: Wonderful LandSilk Road Ensemble: Off the MapToufic Farroukh: Drab ZeenSimon Shaheen: Myriades SoukounSimon Shaheen: Blue FlameToufic Farroukh: Little Secrets



New York Arabic Orchestra at NYU


Berklee School of Music


10 Most Outstanding Artists, National Arab American Museum


Moscow Conservatory

Master's Degree in Western Flute Performance

Conservatoire de Paris

Bachelor’s Degree in Western Classical Music and Flute Performance

Lebanese National Conservatory



A Conversation with Bassam Saba

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Lebanese-born, New York-based Bassam Saba is one of the leading performers of Arabic music in the world. He reflects on his background as a multi-instrumentalist and what political role musicians should play.