Karim Said

Age: 27
Country: United Kingdom/Jordan

Twenty-seven-year-old Karim Said was born in Jordan. He moved to the U.K. in 2000 in order to study at the Purcell School, and later at the Royal Academy of Music with Tatian Sarkissova. He made his orchestral debut in 2009 with the English Chamber Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre with Sir Colin Davis, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the BBC Proms with Daniel Barenboim. In 2015 Mr. Said released his first CD on Opus Arte, receiving critical acclaim from The Guardian and Gramophone magazine. The CD’s theme is based on a recital series that Mr. Said gave in 2013 at the Purcell Room as part of “The Rest is Noise” festival. Using the solo music of Schoenberg as its focus, these concerts included an on-stage discussion with the BBC’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch. Mr. Said’s development as a student of piano, composition, and conducting throughout his time at the Purcell School is documented in Christopher Nupen’s film “Karim’s Journey,” which in 2008 was broadcast internationally and in the U.K. on BBC4. He now lives in Berlin where he is mentored by Hinrich Alpers.

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Repertoire

FIRST ROUND

Byrd
Fantasia in A Minor, Musica Britannica Vol. 27, No. 13

Brahms 
Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2

SECOND ROUND

Beethoven
Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 (“Pastoral”)

Chopin
Etude in C Minor, Op. 25, No. 12 (“Ocean”)

Takemitsu
Rain Tree Sketch II (1992)

SEMI-FINAL ROUND

Schoenberg
Three Pieces, Op. 11

Bach
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

FINAL ROUND

Franck
Piano Quintet in F Minor

Brahms
Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15

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