Bethlehem Cultural Festival

Piano Recital from Bethlehem

Ramzi Shomali

Award winning Palestinian pianist Ramzi Shomali performs a repertoire honouring Bethlehem and Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth (December 1770)


Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata in F Major Op.10 No.2
F. Chopin (1810-1849) / F. Liszt (1811-1886) Meine Freuden ‘Moja Pieszczotka’ S.480 No. 5
Nasri Fernando Dueri (Bethlehem, 1932-) Recuerdos de Belen, Memories of Bethlehem (1952)

Recorded in November 2020 for the Bethlehem Cultural Festival

Ramzi Shomali 

After completing his Piano studies at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) in Bethlehem,  Ramzi went on to pursue his studies in Italy at the Vicenza Conservatory of Music, where he obtained his second  academic Diplomas in Piano Performance and in Chamber Music in 2015. 

In 2012, he debuted with the Vicenza Conservatory’s Symphonic Orchestra, performing Chopin Concerto Op.21. He won several competitions in Palestine and Italy, including ‘Marcel Khalife’ National competition and ‘Carlo  Tavasani’ (Jerusalem), Premio ‘Dal Corno’ and Premio ‘Amici del Conservatorio’ for chamber groups (Vicenza). Ramzi’s gave his first solo recital at age of 13 at St. Lewis University in Chicago (USA) and since then he has given  solo concerts in Bethlehem, Paris and numerous Italian cities. He participated in several festivals as Chamber  musician such as Camera Ensemble del Conservatorio Festival, Italy and Evmelia International Festival, Greece.  He also participated in fundraising concerts in London, Cadogan Hall, jointly with the Palestinian soprano Dima  Bawab and the English Chamber Orchestra (2009) and performed at St. James Piccadilly with members of  Chilingirian Quartet alongside other Palestinian musicians (2015). In 2017, he accompanied the Petits Chanteurs  de Lyon and Amwaj Choir in their concert tour in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. In 2018, he performed in Duo with  the Romanian violinist Stefan Simonca-Oprita in Bethlehem and performed as a soloist in Bethlehem as part of  the Christmas Festival organized by the ESNCM. In December 2019, he gave another recital in Naples.