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Yamen Saadi

Concertmaster, Wiener Philharmoniker & Wiener Staatsoper

  • At age 25, Yamen Saadi was announced as Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic from the 22/23 season. Described as having a “beguiling sound” by Berliner Morgenpost, Saadi maintains a busy career as both a soloist and chamber musician. His playing is characterised by serene lyricism, virtuosity and elegance beyond his years. In May 2022, he stepped in for Leonidas Kavakos to make his debut with the Israel Philharmonic as soloist.

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  • As a soloist, Saadi has performed with orchestras such as Staatskapelle Berlin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de València and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, among others. Saadi has performed with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Lionel Bringuier, Lawrence Foster, Leonidas Kavakos, Christoph Poppen and Lahav Shani.

    Saadi has performed in recital and concerto at various festivals and venues across Europe, Asia and the US. These include; Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Rheingau Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Pau Casals Festival, Jerusalem Festival and Schloss Elmau. In November 2023, he makes his recital debut in Tokyo at the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall and the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall.

    In January 2022, Saadi released his first recital album Voices From Paris to critical acclaim. Recorded with pianist Nathalia Milstein and featuring works by Poulenc, Ysaÿe and Fauré, Saadi’s album was described as “the blend of virtuosity, lyricism and controlled expressivity” Pizzicato.

    As a chamber musician, Saadi co-founded the award-winning Chianti Ensemble. The piano quintet tours Europe and was awarded the prestigious Kersjes Prize in 2022.

    Yamen Saadi was born in Nazareth and began studying the violin at the Barenboim-Said Conservatory in Nazareth, before studying under the guidance of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster, Chaim Taub. At age 11, he joined the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and, at age 17, became concertmaster of the orchestra. Saadi completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Barenboim-Said Academy and gained his Master’s degree at the Kronberg Academy where he studied with Mihaela Martin. In 2020, Saadi won first prize at both the Aviv and Paul Ben Haim Competitions in 2020, and has held scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and The Prince von Hessen Award.

    Yamen Saadi plays the 1734 “Lord Amherst of Hackney” Stradivari violin, previously owned by Fritz Kreisler, and a Jacob Eury bow, both generously loaned to him by Stephan Jansen on behalf of a member of the Stretton Society.

    2023/24 season / 392 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Concerto repertoire

Violin Concerti (various)
Double Violin Concerto in D minor,  BWV 1043

Violin Concerto, Op.14

Violin Concerto
Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.2 in F major, Op.50
Triple Concerto in C major, Op.56 

Baal Shem 

Double Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.102

Violin Concerto in No. 1 in G minor, Op.26

Concerto for Piano, Violin and  String Quartet in D major, Op.21
Poème (for Violin and Orchestra) Op.25

Violin Concerto*

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Violin Concerto Funebre

Violin Concerto*

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 

Violin Concerto in D major 'Adelaide', KAnh.294a
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, k.216
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.1

Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, Op.19


Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor
Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

Violin Concerto (No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77)

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Violin Concerti (various)
The Four Seasons

*In preparation


Daniel Barenboim

Lionel Bringuier 

Lawrence Foster

Thomas Guggeis

Domingo Hindoyan

Antonio Pappano

András Schiff

Lahav Shani

Nabil Shehata

Ariel Zukerman

Recital programmes (25/26 season)

Programme 1:
Works and arrangements by Kreisler, Ysaÿe and Tartini

Programme 2:
Ysaÿe Poème élégiaque for Violin and Piano
Franck Violin Sonata in A Major
Strauss Violin Sonata in E-flat Major



Yamen Saadi & Ramal Ensemble (25/26 season and beyond)

Shortly after the beginning of the Arab Spring, four young musicians in Damascus founded the Ramal Ensemble. Having fled the Syrian civil war, they now live in Berlin, where they finished their studies, including at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, and started performing together again. The programme with Yamen Saadi explores Arabic and Western Classical works including a violin concerto.

'Beguiling sound'

Berliner Morgenpost

'The blend of virtuosity, lyricism and controlled expressivity is perfect'



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