Program: Performing Arts
Position: Instructor of Music
Courses taught: PFA 211 Survey of Western Music
Degrees: MA in 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 age of four and had her concert debut at 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 broadcasted 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 all time, including Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Carol Wincenc, Andres Cardenes, Paquito D’Rivera and Emerson String Quartet. Seba 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 a teacher, Seba served as piano and chamber music faculty at the Stony Brook University undergraduate music department, Cairo Conservatory, and Long Island Conservatory, and has given Masterclasses across the Middle East and the United States. She also served as chamber music faculty at Stony Brook Pre-college division. Having a strong passion for teaching, Ms. Ali maintains a piano studio for fourteen years where her international student roster has gone on to win competitions and scholarships for postgraduate studies in both the U.S. and Europe. Her passion for education drew her to do an extensive research on the teaching methods of the U.S, Europe and Asia, collecting it into a source to other educators.
Seba Ali holds a Bachelor of Music from Cairo Conservatory, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn Conservatory, Master’s of Music from Stony Brook University where she is in the final stages of her Doctor of Music Arts degree.