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|+||====== Kinan Abou-afach ======|
|+||===== Biography =====|
|+||Kinan Abou-afach is a Syrian-born cellist. He began his musical studies at the age of seven and received his first degree in [[cello]] and [[oud]] performance in the music preparatory program of the Arabic Institute of Music in Damascus. He completed a Bachelors degree in cello performance with a minor in [[oud]] performance from the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus.|
|+||He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in the Arab region and participated in master-classes with Francoise Baduell, Federico Romano, Yo-Yo Ma, and members of Alban Berg Quartet. Abou-afach moved to [[Chicago]] in 2000 to obtain his master’s degree at the DePaul University School of Music. He studied under Stephen Balderston, assistant principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s cello section, and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for several years.|