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Sallah Ali LKC, a native of Iraq, began his violin studies at the age of five. From 1969 to 1980 he attended Baghdad’s prestigious “Music and Ballet School”. At the age of 15, Sallah toured as a member of his school's violin ensemble to North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco) and Europe (East Germany and Hungary). After a performance in Budapest the Hungarian government awarded him a scholarship to earn his Masters under the world renowned Violinist “Denes Kovacs”, the head of the strings department at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.
Upon returning to Iraq he was appointed leader of the second violin section of the renowned Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra. He performed with them as a soloist until late 1987 under the direction of such well known conductors as “Zdenek Bilek” (Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra) and Gerard Akoka (Permanent judge for the Mozart Wind Concerto Competition).
He has also accompanied many well-known singers in the Arab world such as Abdullah Rwaishid, Nabil Sh'ail, Samira Said, Kadhum Al-Sahir, Lutfi Bushnaq, Walid Tawfiq, Talal Meddah and many more.
Sallah now resides in Seattle where he has performed and recorded with a wide verity of styles, groups and artists such as, the Children of the Revolution (World music), Culture Shock (Balkan Rock), Amy Denio (Modern Jazz) and Ensemble Sub Masa (Balkan Gypsy/Traditional).
In 2002 he composed and produced the original music and was the musical director for the play Malika, written and directed by his close friend Matthew Kwatinetz for the Seattle Fringe Festival. Sallah has performed in many festivals and venues such as: Northwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, The Seattle Art Museum, The Seattle Arab Festival, Town Hall, Benaroya Hall, The Triple Door and the Mendocino Middle East Music and Dance Camp.