Kamil Shajrawi

Oud

Born in Nazareth in 1962 from a family well-known for its artistic talents, Kamil started his musical career at the age of five, singing brilliantly for Um-Kulthum and Abd El-Haleem Hafez.  At the age of seven he started playing the oud and at the age of nine he won a scholarship to study classical violin for seven years at the conservatory where he graduated with excellence. After completing his high school studies, Kamil won another scholarship to continue his musical studies in the United States of America. There he studied at CSULB in California where he got his B.A. degree as a classical violin performer. He spent ten years in the U.S. During that time, he visited many states and performed in many concerts to acquaint the American public with various genres of Middle Eastern music. He also participated in several musical workshops there. Kamil already accompanied famous singers such as the great Tenor Wadie Al-Safi, Sayyed Makkawi and others. On October of 2003 he played with the Lebanese star Fairuz. He took part in an international music concert with the well-known musician Paul Winter several times in the USA, Southern America and Israel and others.

Kamil is a multi-talented musician. In addition to playing the oud, the violin and singing, he is also a composer and orchestrator who has his own distinctive style. Many of his compositions are written especially for the oud which emphasizes the phrases of musical richness and manifest the technical abilities and virtuosity of the player. His compositions are greatly influenced by western classical and international music. He recorded two CDs; one included seven songs and the other six musical compositions and improvisations on the oud and violin.