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ChamberFest 2024

March 1 @ 9:00 am - March 2 @ 2:00 pm

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Wissam Boustany – Biography

Born in 1960, Wissam Boustany’s career as a flute soloist and teacher has taken him to South and North America, Europe Middle, Africa and the Far East. In 1995 Wissam founded Toward Humanity, an initiative using music as a catalyst to support humanitarian projects on an international scale. Born in Lebanon, Boustany began his musical studies with his stepfather, who was a violinist. In 1977 he moved to Britain where he studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, with Trevor Wye. He has received many awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He received the silver medal in the Shell/LSO competition and won the 2nd prize in the woodwind section of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year (1978).

In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood in Lebanon (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre) in recognition of his music and peace work, and on 3rd February 1998 he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

In recent years, Wissam has developed a keen interest in conducting, which led to the launch of his own orchestra, the Pro Youth Philharmonia, in 2018. The orchestra’s ethos was based on Wissam’s Method Called Love (a distillation of the creative and learning process into the single most potent force within our lives: Love) embarked on two glorious tours before having to wind down during the pandemic.

Wissam continues to perform, teach and conduct. He plays on a Brannen Kingma-System quartertone flute which he has had since the year 2000, with a headjoint made by Miguel Arista. Recently, Wissam has reinvented his recital and orchestral presentations under the title Inner Journeys, transforming concerts into an arena for shared inspiration, debate and audience engagement. Wissam was recently appointed President of the British Flute Society.

 

 

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