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Musician Spotlight: Tyme Khleifi

Violinist Tyme Khleifi is from Palestine and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. She joined the West-Eastern Divan in 2004.

When I’m not performing with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, I…

Was a student for a very long time, and now I work for nonprofits in the field of arts in education

Most rewarding performance with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and why…

The concert in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. There were a lot of reasons that made that concert a special one. It was amazing to play Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in that area. Symbolically, it was significant for the orchestra to perform in that area. There were a lot of resonances with the message and the idea of the Divan orchestra. We were performing for a South Korean audience, while at the same time projecting through speakers to North Korea. That concert united North Koreans and South Koreans as audience members in a very special way. It was also one of the best concerts that the Divan played. Every single musician in the Divan played with absolute concentration and passion despite the unfortunate climatic and acoustic conditions. It was truly a great concert.

Most important traits to have as a musician…

Self-reflection, empathy, curiosity, perseverance

How did you become a musician?

It was by pure coincidence. I was 7 years old and learning how to play the violin was one of very few after-school activities. But I never thought that it would become my life

When I want to get away from it all, I…

Turn off all distractions and take a nice long walk

People are surprised to find out that I…

Used to play the Qanun (an Arabic instrument)

One or two works of art – music, theatre, anything – that you adore and why:

Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Absolutely divine.

I’d really love to meet – or to have met…

Pablo Picasso

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