Hanna Khoury

Violin, Viola


Philadelphia based Arab music specialist Hanna Khoury is a violinist and violist trained in both Western classical and Arabic classical music.  As the music director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble, he has led nationwide tours, performing traditional Arab music in major venues and universities.  He is a violinist and Arab music advisor with Intercultural Journeys, frequently performing with cellist Udi Bar-David.

In Fall 2009, Mr. Khoury and Mr. Bar-David premiered a concerto by Kareem Roustom and toured major cities in the U.S., Spain, and Israel. Prior to this, he also toured with Lebanese superstar Fairuz and played lead violin with Iraqi singer Kazem Al-Saher, Grammy winner Youssou N'Dour, Mandy Patinkin, and Cheb Khaled.


IJ focuses on the most essential element in music making, the art of listening. With great musicianship from a variety of backgrounds, IJ musicians bring different voices that can only co-exist in a setting where each listens and acknowledges the voice of his fellow musicians. This has been a true intercultural experience.

Mr. Khoury can be heard on several pop recordings including Grammy-nominated song "Beautiful Liar" featuring Beyonce and Shakira, and "Love and Compassion" featuring Paula Cole and Kazem Al-Saher. In addition, he recorded strings for Shakira's Grammy performance of "Hips Don't Lie" and he has collaborate with musician/composer Roustom on multiple projects, including an Arabic jazz album wiht Al-Zafeer Ensemble.

Mr. Khoury is the former music director of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture in Philadelphia.  Through his work with Al-Bustan, he was able to create the first Arab music concert series in Philadelphia.


He has also started the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble, which performs a wide range of classical Arab music.

A recipient of the American-Israel Scholarship and Qattan Foundation Award, Mr. Khoury graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Economics and Music Performance.  He obtained his Master's degree in Music from Temple University. Currently, Khoury is pursuing his PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania.