Saleem Ashkar made his debut at the age of twenty-two at Carnegie Hall in New York, and soon launched a successful international career. He is considered an expert on Beethoven, whose complete piano sonatas he recently performed at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Duisburg and Prague – a project on which he is also working for the record label Decca. In 2013 he recorded Beethoven’s First and Fourth Concertos with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester conducted by Ivor Bolton. He has performed with such illustrious orchestras as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Konzerthausorchester and the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester in Berlin, the MDR Sinfonieorchester, the Camerata Salzburg, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw, the London and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Vancouver and Tokyo. He has played at the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Wiener Musikverein as well as at the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Menton and the BBC Proms. Parallel to his concert career, Saleem Ashkar is the initiator of several social projects, including the Galilee Chamber Orchestra, a youth ensemble that aims to foster dialogue between the Arab and Jewish communities in Israel.