|Musicians For Harmony
Hometown: New York, NY
Web site: http://www.musicians4harmony.org
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Musicians For Harmony was founded in the wake of September 11, 2001, to foster and advance peace and dialogue among individuals of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions through musical performances, educational activities, and cross-cultural exchange.
We have been honored to present such world renowned musicians as the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, pianists Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ursula Oppens, and Jonathan Biss, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and cellist Carter Brey. We are also pleased to have been the catalyst for the founding of Musique Sans Frontières, a multicultural ensemble whose members represent a collaboration of musicians from around the world. All artists donate their services to this cause.
Each program includes at least one new artist, such as Iraqi oud virtuoso Omar Bashir, Saturday Night Live band director G.E. Smith, and Greek-Israeli bouzouki player Avram Pengas. And every concert features a world première composed especially for the occasion.
Our educational programs include our "Music of the World" workshops for NYC public school students and our "Mentorship Program," through which talented young musicians in Baghdad receive one-on-one musical training from American artists via webcam.
MFH is the recipient of grants from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and The Humpty Dumpty Institute, and is a partner with the Brooklyn College Community Partnership.