Assistant Professor of Music
Acclaimed for her masterful piano technique and wide-ranging musical imagination, Egyptian Pianist Seba Ali enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teaching artist. She has started playing the piano at the age of four and had her concert debut at the age of five. Having started performing as a soloist with the orchestras at age eleven, Seba has performed with Lynn Philharmonia, Cairo Celebration Orchestra, Bibliotheca Alexandria Chamber Orchestra, Cairo Conservatory, Ars Flores, Redlands and Cairo Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Seba maintains solo recitals and frequently performs at renowned venues including New York Public Library, Kaufmann Center, Manasterly Palace, The Staller Center For The Arts, and Historic Asolo Theatre, and her performances have been broadcast on WQXR, KUOR and Classical Variations.
Dedicated to chamber music, Seba is a winner of the 2012 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition and has been mentored by some of the greatest chamber musicians of our time, including Colin Carr, Carol Wincenc, Vselod Demidov, Roberta Rust, and Christina Dahl. Other important mentors include Jon Robertson, Douglass Weeks, Gilbert Kalish, Andres Cardenes, Paquito D’Rivera and Emerson String Quartet. She is a founding member of Gadayel Duo with her husband; hornist Amr Selim with recent performances and residencies at Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and Kaufman Center in New York City.
In high demand as an educator, Seba has served as the piano and chamber music faculty at the Stony Brook University undergraduate music department and pre-college division, Cairo Conservatory, and Long Island Conservatory, she has given Masterclasses and workshops across the Middle East and the United States, and is currently teaching as an assistant professor of music at the Lebanese American University (LAU).
Having a strong passion for teaching, Dr. Ali maintains a piano studio for 14 years where her international student roster has gone on to win competitions and scholarships for postgraduate studies in the US, Asia and Europe. Her passion for education drew her to do extensive research on the teaching methods of the US, Europe, and Asia, collecting it into a source to other educators.
- Founder and Artistic Director, Imagine Workshop and Concert Series
As a cultural entrepreneur, and driven by her passion through education and outreach to her community. Dr. Ali is the founder and the artistic director of Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) based at LAU.
IWCS is a series of events—from concerts, workshops, panel discussions, art exhibitions, outreach and education programs, bringing all arts disciplines together, to commissioning projects and supporting LAU students and alumni, and young students and artists. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of the community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU’s faculty and students, students from middle and high schools in Lebanon, and a diverse community; commissioning and premiering new works by emerging and established composers, choreographers and storytellers; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives; creating and championing projects that promote peace, harmony and acceptance among our community and the whole world; and introducing underprivileged communities and refugees to the power of arts.
- Doctor of Musical Arts, The State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2017
- Masters of Music in Piano Performance, The State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2013
- Professional Performance Certificate, Lynn University, Florida, 2011
- Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Cairo Conservatory, 2008