conductor and founder, Nabil S. Azzam, Ph.D., is
accomplished in both classical European and Middle
Eastern musical styles. He graduated with a B.A.
and B.Mus. from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel
Aviv and with an M.A. in Musicology from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. He earned his doctorate
in music from the University of California in Los
1977, Azzam established and chaired the first conservatory of music
in his birthplace, Nazareth. He has been acknowledged by several
heads of state for his peace efforts and has taught at UCLA, the
University of Redlands and the University of California in Santa
Barbara. He founded MESTO in 2001 because of his firm commitment
to building bridges of cultural tolerance and understanding between
East and West through music.
Maestro Nabil Azzam is a seasoned conductor, talented
composer and arranger as well as a versatile violinist
and virtuoso Arabic 'Ud instrumentalist. He has
arranged a majority of the 170 or so compositions
in MESTO's repertoire and has composed several of
them, utilizing his thorough understanding of both
western music theory and the "3/4 tones"
or "red notes" used in traditional Arabic
and Asian music.
is currently writing two books: The Composer
of Egypt: M. Abd al-Wahhab, and The Complete
Collection of Songs: A tribute to Abd al-Wahhab,
with an introductory analysis and commentary.