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Musician Spotlight: Nabih Bulos

Nabih Bulos was born in Jordan. In 2001 he joined the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra where he plays the violin.

What do you do when you are not performing with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra?

I try my best to juggle between being a war correspondent, scuba-diving instructor, and a professional violinist. I suppose I’m always working on something, and for now, that’s the way I like it.

What are the most important traits to have as a musician?

The ability to persevere while seeing the forest beyond the trees.

What is your most rewarding performance with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and why?

Leading the orchestra as concertmaster in Beethoven 8. It’s hard to describe one’s sense of pride when being placed as the “quarterback” of the orchestra by one of the world’s premier “coaches.” It was a concert where everything went exactly as I wanted it and I felt encouragement from all sides (even from Maestro Barenboim)

How did you become a musician?

By mistake, which is to say that I woke up one day and found it to be the thing I cared about the most.

What is a project on the horizon that you are excited about?

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s 2013 season obviously, and continuing to cover the region in my journalistic work.

What are one or two works of art – music or theatre – that you adore and why?

The movie “Network,” simply because it is an astonishingly prophetic work. I suppose I’ve wanted to write like Paddy Chayefsky ever since I saw “Americanization of Emily,” which is another masterpiece. Musically, it’s hard to argue with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41.