The Vienna State Opera has picked a new concertmaster for its orchestra. He is Yamen Saadi, 25, a Barenboim-Said Conservatory student from Nazareth.
He later studied with Chaim Taub, Israel Philharmonic concertmaster, and with Mihaela Martin at Kronberg Academy. Aged eleven he joined Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, becoming its concertmaster at 17.
He will lead the opera orchestra for the first time next week in Sleeping Beauty. As concertmaster at the Opera he automatically becomes a candidate member of the Vienna Philharmonic.