Teacher - Cello
Teaching Style: All Styles
Experience: Ali has a Masters degree of Cello Performance and has been an active member of numerous international Symphony Orchestras. He is also a member of the Institute Of Registered Music Teachers Of New Zealand
Ali started learning cello at the age of 9, and after studying music at the High School for Music and Ballet in Baghdad, Iraq, continued his Cello studies in Russia. He graduated with a Masters degree in Cello performing and teaching from the Russian State Academy of Music in Moscow by Professor B.I. Talalay (one of Mr. Rostropovich's students).
Returning to Iraq, Ali joined the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist. Later he moved to Jordan and started teaching Cello, chamber music and history of music at the National Music Conservatory and Jordan Academy of Music (private university). At this time Ali performed with overseas orchestras including the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (USA), European Unity Symphony Orchestra (France). He performed as a soloist in Middle Eastern & European Countries. Ali has attended a master class in chamber music conducted by Mr. Yo-Yo Ma.
Since 2002 Ali has been living in New Zealand. He is teaching the Bays Music Centre and the Music Education Centre. He also performs for the Waitakere City Orchestra as principal cellist and has given many solo concerts in Auckland. Ali is the cello player of Auckland City Quartet as well as Chamber Players Of Auckland and he is a member of the Institute Of Registered Music Teachers Of New Zealand. In addition to his musical skills, Ali holds a Bachelor of Russian Literature.
As the Music Education Centre has different teachers over a range of locations, please contact our office on 0800 89 39 39 to find out where Ali is currently teaching, or which of our other great teachers may be available at your preferred location.