An Evening with the Oud Hobbyist Trio

A concert co-hosted by The Middle East Policy Forum at the George Washington University and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Friday, April 27, 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm

School of Media and Public Affairs
Jack Morton Auditorium

Ziyad Al Harbi

Ziyad Al Harbi is an Oud player, Composer and Singer from the Sultanate of Oman. Member of the Omani Oud Hobbyist Association and East Strings Band. Ziyad started his Music career when he was 6 years old as keyboard player, and later started to play Oud and became one of the lead Oud players in Oman.

Ziyad has contributed in representing Omani Culture and Music with over 20 international shows all over the world and State of Art stages including the U.S. (The Kennedy Centre), Australia, The Netherlands, China, India, South Korea, and various Arab and GCC countries. In addition to various local TV shows and stage performances in Oman including Royal Operah House Muscat, Muscat Festival, Salalah Festival, Shado Al Maqam Festival and Sehr Al Sharq recital.

In 2014, he was awarded the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Medallion “GCC’s Youth Musician” by the Prince of Kuwait SHIEKH Subah Al-Ahmed Al Subah. In 2015, he was also awarded by the National Youth Committee of Oman for his Musical achievements. In 2017, Ziyad was awarded by the Omani Oud Hobbyist Association as “The best member” for the years of 2015 & 2016.
Wahab Al Dhanki

A player of Qanun (Zither), Wahab Al-Dhanki is a composer, arranger and Qanun Player from the Sultanate of Oman. He is a Member of the Omani Oud Hobbyist Association and East Strings Band.  He began his musical studies playing the guitar and piano, before discovering a talent for the Qanun and became the lead Qanun Player in the Sultanate. He has participated in many concerts organized by the association, and on a solo level he has performed for many cultural and educational organizations. Mr. Al-Dhanki has played internationally, including Russia, US, South Korea, China, France, Belarus, Greece, UK, Australia and Singapore in state of Art stages such as Royal Opera House Muscat and Russia Opera House. He was selected from the GCC region to perform in London Olympics. In 2010, he was awarded “Peace Keeper” Medal from the International Commission on Public Awards from UNESCO.

Idris Al Balushi

Idris Al Balushi is a Percussionist and Guitarist from the Sultanate of Oman. He is a Member of the Omani Oud Hobbyist Association and East Strings Band. He began his musical career in western music as a guitarist. After joining the association, he was exposed to oriental music percussions and developed his skills to become distinguished in both, oriental and western music. Mr. Al Balushi participated in many local shows and festivals accompanying many artists in their concerts. He also performed various international shows in US, China, Australia, Turkey and South Korea.