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Music Port Festival
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
10:30 AM
Maya Youssef is a virtuoso Syrian kanun player. Her virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the kanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.

The Kanun is a traditional Syrian 78-stringed zither, also existing in differing forms across the Arab world, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Maya’s exceptional skill on the instrument led to her winning an Exceptional Talent award, which enabled her to migrate to the UK in early 2012. She has made regular appearances on the BBC and at prestigious venues and festivals worldwide.

Main stage