Al Farabi Concerto

Al Farabi Concerto is a series of London concerts, established in 2005 by Antar Nakshbandi and Oliver Butterworth, presenting music by gifted contemporary composers from the Middle East and North Africa.

Since 2005, 56 premières have been presented in London’s major concert halls with music by composers from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey

A music library has been established containing over 500 scores and recordings, allowing the study of music scores, CD recordings and sound clips by both potential performers and by academics.

Al Farabi Concerto continues its exploration, discovering and promoting new young composers from the region, and demonstrating their talents to British and European audiences.

Al Farabi, known as Al Pharabius in the West, contributed to philosophy, logic, sociology, science, and music. He was best known as the ‘Second Teacher’, Aristotle being the First. An expert in music, he contributed to musical notation and invented several musical instruments. His book entitled ‘Kitab al-Musiqa, The Great Book of Music’ is world-renowned. Abu Nasr al-Farab born in Farab studied and taught in Baghdad and Damascus, where he is buriedAbu Nasr Al Farabi, 9th century Islamic philosopher, (870-950 AD)

The Honourable Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG
Sir David Blatherwick
Mrs Myrna Bustani
H.R.H. Prince Turki Al-Faisal
Mrs Frances Guy
H.E. Amr Moussa
The Lord and Lady Palumbo

Past Patrons
Sir Gavyn Arthur
Mr Naim Attallah
Sir Colin Davis
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Telephone: 0044 (0)207 703 7372
Directors: Oliver Butterworth, Julia Munn