Yamen Saadi was born in 1997 in Nazareth where he began violin studies at the Barenboim-Said Music Conservatory, continuing with Haim Taub. At age 11, Saadi joined the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. Awards include AICF scholarships, the Prince von Hessen Award and 1st Prize at the Paul Ben-Haim and Aviv Competitions. As a soloist he has performed with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, IPO, Jerusalem Symphony and Valencia orchestras. An active chamber musician, Saadi formed the piano quintet Chianti Ensemble. He has performed in various festivals including Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, Jerusalem and Rolandseck. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Barenboim-Said Akademie and gained his Master’s degree at the Kronberg Academy, where he continues his studies under Mihaela Martin. He plays the ‘Ex Fritz Kreisler’ Stradivari violin (1734) and a Jacob Eury bow, both generously loaned by the Stretton Society.
Photo Clara Evens