Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO)

Location: Berlin

Time frame: 11 September 2016

In cooperation with: Kulturleben Berlin Konzerthaus Berlin


The Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO) is the first Symphony Orchestra for the Syrian professional and academic musicians who live in European Union countries and diaspora as a "Syrian Exile Orchestra". Founded in September 2015 in Germany, trying the best to collect the Syrian musicians together whatever ideological differences to trying save the Syrian music faced with the big cultural and civilizational destruction in Syria now. The founder of SEPO is the Syrian musician Raed Jazbeh who has lived in Germany since 2013.

The concert night "Kosmos der Begegnungen - Syrische Klänge zu Gast in Berlin" marked one of the first big concerts played in Germany and set the cornerstone for an incomparable success story: After Berlin concerts followed in Bremen, Hitzacker, Switzerland, and in Sweden. Also the Damascus String Quintet which emerged of SEPO represented it in several of international forums, political, economic, cultural events and conferences in Berlin, Hannover, Essen, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Koblenz, Hamburg and Brussels (Belgium). most notably: Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival), Sankt Goar International Music Festival, 5th European History Forum and European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

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