About Us

Even in these tough times, there are still living beautiful people with a rich culture and beautiful music in the Middle East. This deserves the attention in the Netherlands.
The war is harassing but the music continues and musicians do not stop. Some have managed, however forced, to leave their country. They have settled in all parts of the world and are now trying to rebuild their musical dream.

The Mozaiek Ensemble is composed of eight young professional musicians, five of them come from Syria, one from France and two from the Netherlands. The Mozaiek Ensemble offers the Dutch public a positive sound from Syria.

In doing so, we aim for a positive image within our pluriform society and pursue social cohesion. We bring together two worlds and bridge the gap between western and non-western cultures. So people get acquainted with each other's cultures, with the intention of gaining more understanding, higher tolerance and more acceptance for each other.

The Musicians

Mireille Bittar

Mireille Bittar

Vocals
Mireille's Bio
Founder of Mozaiek Ensemble. A Syrian soprano singer. Achieved a Master in Music from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in September 2018. Mireille is since 2017 a guest teacher of Arabic singing at the Opleiding Docent Muziek at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Achieved a Bachelor in Music from the High Institute of Music In Damascus 2013 and a Bachelor in Accounting from Damascus University 2013.

Played Cherubino from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart in the opera house in Syria led by Julius Kalmar and Missak Baghboudarian 2010.She sang the soprano role in Requiem Mozart 2011, Mass G-dur Schubert 2013, Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins 2015, Liebeslieder – Brahms 2016 and the solo soprano in the opera: “it is here if you see it here if you hear it” at the National Opera & Ballet 2016 , Bach Cantate (BWV 61) 2016 , Gloria Vivaldi 2017. Worked with the Syrian Women Oriental Ensemble and with several oriental bands and ensembles inside and outside Syria. Won numerous awards for best singer in Kitharet Al Rouh festival in 2000, and best Oud player for 2004.

Feras Khouri

Feras Khouri

Piano, Compositions & Arrangements
Feras' Bio
Founder of Mozaiek Ensemble. A Syrian pianist, composer and music arranger, specialized in composing and arranging eastern and Arabic music.

Graduated from The Arabic Institute of Music as a pianist in 1992, studied the piano with professors Vladimir Zaritsky, Cynthia El-Wadi and Gaswan Zerikly.

A member of the Syrian Artists Association since 1998. Played the piano with big stars in the Arab world: Mayada El-Hennawy (1994-1996), Majida Al-Roumi (2000-2008), George Wassouf, Abdallah Al-Rowaished, Nour Mhanna, Samira Said, Elias Karam and Melhem Barakat.

He was the conductor of several singers’ bands in the Arab world including: Asala Nasri – Moeen Sherif – Rida – Houwaida – Rouwaida Attieh – Melhem Zein and others.

Composed and arranged many musical pieces, some of them are short songs and some are instrumental music without singing. On an assignment for opera Spanga 2018 he composed and arranged the Arabic March, inspired by Verdi’s triumphal march from the Opera Aida.

Feras comes from a musical family, he is the oldest son of Assad Khoury (1953) and the grandson of the famous musician Muhanna al – Khouri. Father Assad Khoury founded one of the first recording studios in Syria, the “Al Rabea studio” in 1985. The studio worked for the most important singers and musicians from the Arab world. Sayed Makkawi, Hulmi Bake, Mouhamad Soultan, Mayada Al-Hinnawi, Abdallah Ruwaished, Assala Nasri, Elias Karam and many others.

After  becoming a member of the“Syrian Artist Association”in 1988, Feras worked together with his father in the studio and besides that as an arranger, composer and pianist with the Syrian Radio and Television. Until the attacks on the studios mid-2012. Unfortunately none of the archives with recordings are accessable.

Feras is a classical trained musician by his education, but he also learned everything about eastern music by his origin and work for the studios. The combination of this knowledge and experience can be found in his compositions and arrangements. A crossover of eastern and western-classical music.

Ayman Hajjmian

Ayman Hajjmian

Double Bass
Ayman's Bio
A Syrian bass player, graduated from the High Institute of Music in Damascus in 2006. Worked with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2015. Worked with the Arabic Orchestra in Damascus. Worked with Algerian Symphonic Orchestra 2014/2015. Member in the “West Eastern Divan” Orchestra conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim in 2005/2006.

Karel Bredenhorst

Karel Bredenhorst

Cello
Karel's Bio
Dutch celloplayer. As a soloist and chamber musician he is known from the Cello8ctet Amsterdam, Cuarteto Sol Tango and Duo Verzaro. Since 2012 he is founder and artistic director of the Cervo Chamber Music festival.

He studied with Monique Bartels and Paul Uyterlinde at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and the Twents Conservatory Enschede. In 2004 he achieved his bachelor of music in 2004 and in 2009 his master of music at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck with Troels Svane.

He won several prizes with the EnAccord String Quartet and played with different ensembles. He was also a part of the company of Herman van Veen, Erik van der Wurff, Jann Cnossen en Edith Leerkes, and played with Carel Kraayenhof.

Anahi Oraisón

Anahi Oraisón

Violin
Anahi's Bio
Studied the violin at Codarts Rotterdam with Thijs Kramer and Gordon Nicolic. In 2010 she graduated cum laude as “Master of Music”. With contemporary playing techniques as the accent mark in her master study. After achieving the diploma she followed classes baroque violin. She plays in different chamber music ensembles and orchestras. Amongst others Trio to Go, l’ Orchestre Particolare and Strijklicht. Her repertoire occupies a wide range of the music repertoire, from old music to pop music.

Adeline Salles

Adeline Salles

Flute
Adeline's Bio
A French flute player based in Amsterdam. Flutist and piccolist in Philharmonie zuidnederland. Freelancer with Radio Philharmonique Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and ex academist from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She is an eclectic musician, playing with a modern ensemble based in Amsterdam called Mutu, old music on old instruments. She is part of Mozaiek since its creation.

Youssef Nassif

Youssef Nassif

Kanoun
Youssef's Bio
Kanun player and composer, has studied kanun and piano at the Academy of Music in Damascus. During his studies he gave concerts in Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Since 2013 he lives in Germany and plays mostly in Germany and Europe. In 2015 he presented his new album with his own compositions (Man’s Journey). He performs both as a solo artist as well as in small ensembles or orchestras. He has performed, among others at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Warsaw, at the music festival in Weimar with the Stüba Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and with the WAJD Ensemble for the European Commission.

  • The Kanoun is a string instrument, famous for its unique melodramatic sound. It has 78 tuning tones. The kanoun is not very well known with the western public but is one of the most important instruments in eastern music. The thin trapezoidal soundboard features 26 courses of strings, with three strings per course that are equally tuned. It has an adjusting device to tune the strings in small steps because in Arab music there are whole, half and quarter notes (in Turkish music even eighth notes).

Modar Salama

Modar Salama

Percussion & Riq
Modar's Bio
A Syrian drummer and percussionist and riq player. He studied classical and Oriental percussion at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus. He played with the Syrian National Orchestra, the Syrian Big Band and many other international projects in China, Jordan, Tunisia, Austria, Germany, Lebanon and Egypt. He is now working in the Netherlands on a number of projects as an Arabic percussion player and drummer and he is creating his own style influenced by the soul of the Orient.

  • The Riq is a type of Tambourine and a traditional instrument in Arab music. It consists of a woorden frame covered with goat skin and has ten pairs of small cymbals mounted in five pairs of slits.

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