A globally acclaimed Palestinian cellist, NASEEM ALATRASH is a sonic product of his upbringing in the Middle East. An accomplished classically trained musician and improviser of diverse styles, Naseem has earned a reputation for fearlessly broadening the horizons of the cello on the world stage.
After studying at The Edward Said National Conservatory on Music in Palestine, Naseem was awarded a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, in Boston US. Naseem went on to achieve the highest honors for BMus in cello performance. At Berklee he studied with Eugene Friesen, Owen Young, Rob Thomas and Simon Shaheen.
A soloist, recording musician, chamber musician, and teacher, Naseem continues his global performance career. Naseem has featured at The Nancy Jazz Festival, Lebanon’s Beit Aldeen Festival, Jerash Festival, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and within the Aldeburgh World Orchestra’s London Olympic tour appearing at The BBC Proms in The Royal Albert Hall and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Naseem has enjoyed performances alongside Ron Carter, Simon Shaheen, Leo Blanco, Javier Limon, Cafe De Silva, Jorje Drexler and for Alejandro Sanz at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2013. The twice awarded “string player of the year” from The National Music Competition of Palestine, Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and advocate of its music through his global string quartet The Four Corners Quartet.