Naseem Alatrash

Cellist
Class of 
2014
Alumni

A globally acclaimed Palestinian cellist, Naseem Alatrash is a sonic product of his upbringing in the Middle East.

An accomplished classically trained musician and improviser in diverse styles, Alatrash has earned a reputation for fearlessly broadening the horizons of the cello on the world stage.

After studying at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, a Palestinian music conservatory, Alatrash was awarded a full scholarship to attend Berklee. He went on to achieve the highest honors for his cello performance. At Berklee, he studied with Eugene Friesen, Owen Young, Rob Thomas, and Simon Shaheen.

Watch Naseem Alatrash perform with Layth Al-Rubaye here:

A soloist, recording musician, chamber musician, and teacher, Alatrash has been featured at France’s Nancy Jazz Festival, Lebanon’s Beiteddine Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., London’s Royal Albert Hall, and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

Alatrash has enjoyed performances alongside Ron Carter, Leo Blanco, Javier Limón, Jorge Drexler, and Alejandro Sanz, among others. Twice named “string player of the year” at the Palestinian National Music Competition, Alatrash continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and an advocate of its music through his global string quartet, the Four Corners Quartet.

Watch the Four Corners Quartet here:

Watch Naseem Alatrash discuss his decision to come to Berklee here: