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About the Galilee Quartet

The Galilee Quartet is a classical string quartet comprised of three brothers and one sister from the Sa’ad family, a Druze family from The Galillee in Israel.

The Gaillee Quartet are students at Beit Almusica Conservatory and have performed in almost every city in Palestine and several European countries with Edward Said National Conservatory of Music’s ensembles and youth orchestras (Italy, Greece, France, Jordan and England). In their last tour with the Palestine Strings ensemble, they performed with the great virtuoso violin player Nigel Kennedy in a phenomenal concert in the BBC proms music festival in London at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013.

Omar, 18, is the oldest brother and viola player in the quartet. He has been a keen musician since 2004 and plays piano and oriental percussion in addition.

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In 2013 Omar gained international fame as a political activist when he sent a letter to the Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister explaining the reasons for his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army. As a conscientious objector, he refused to exchange his “musical instrument that can make world peace with an assault rifle that can kill people and innocent children and taking part of occupying his own people – the Palestinians.”

Omar graduated in 2013 from Beit Almusica conservatory with the highest distinction in viola recital. After few months he entered military prison because of his refusal and returned for seven imprisonments with a total of 150 days (excluding 40 days in addition spent in hospital and at home). After 200 days and seven refusals of the draft Omar was finally exempted from military service.

Mostafa, 16, is the second eldest brother in the quartet and their first violin player. He started playing music in 2004 and also plays the Oud, an oriental guitar. Mostafa has won first place in a Palestine national music competition three times in three different categories (2008, 2010, 2012). He took first place in Nazareth talent competitions in 2010 and in the same year he joined the Palestine Youth Orchestra as their the youngest player.

Mostafa has been summoned to present himself in the recruitment office in Tiberias and next year he’ll be imprisoned for his conscientious objection and refusal to take part in the occupation of his own people.

Tibah, 15, is the only sister in the quartet and their cello player. She has been playing music since 2006 and also sings. Tibah is a member of Beit Almusica Orchestra and she sings oriental Arabic and Western classical songs and was chosen as Talent of the Year by the Conservatory in 2010.

Gandhi, 13, is the youngest brother and is the second violin player in the quartet. He has been playing music sInce 2006 and also sings. Like his elder brother Mostafa, Gandhi won first place prizes in a Palestine national music competition over three years in three different categories (2010, 2012, 2014). He was chosen as Talent of the Year at the Conservatory for the year 2012.

Mostafa returned to play a duet with Nigel Kennedy at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park, and again with Kennedy at Bethlehem Unwrapped in January 2014.

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