11.30 Wissam Boustany

Performance of “And The Wind Whispered” by Wissam Boustany

Discussion based in “A Method Called Love”

This is a distillation of Wissam's approach to performance and teaching, the driving force that elevates work from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We will discuss how working with Love can transform and empower every effort, whether musical, technical or social and allow us to access the best of what we are capable, way beyond the expectations of institutional requirements and exams. There may even be some time for some who are present to play a few notes.

Wissam Boustany

Born in 1960, Wissam Boustany’s career as a concert artist and teacher has taken him to South and North America, Europe Middle and Far East. In 1995 Wissam founded Toward Humanity, an initiative using music as a catalyst to support humanitarian projects on an international scale. Born in Lebanon, Boustany began his musical studies with his stepfather. In 1977 he moved to Britain where he studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, with Trevor Wye. He has received many awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He received the silver medal in the Shell/LSO competition and won the 2nd prize in the woodwind section of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year (1978).

In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood in Lebanon (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre) in recognition of his music and peace work. On 3rd February 1998 he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

More recently, Wissam has taken an interest in conducting and is planning to launch a new orchestra in 1998.