"Art of the Duo" is is a collaboration project between the Award winning Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and Sri Lankan-born Canadian innovative Pianist and composer Dinuk Wijeratne, both Juilliard school graduates. The project fuses elements of Arabic and south-east Asian vocabulary with classical and jazz music idioms to create a new sonic world that the legendary Marcel Khalife called "wings of Breath". The duo has been touring the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Middle-East since 2009.
Born in Damascus, Syria, Kinan Azmeh is in the rare position to use his music as a truly unifying language. Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, Mr. Azmeh has more than just technical talent. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Marcel Khalife, Aynur, Daniel Barenboim and Jivan Gasparian. Most notably, he is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017. The Silk Road organization “creates a more hopeful world through music, radical cultural collaboration, and passion-driven learning.”
Sri Lankan-born Canadian Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist who has been described by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future’, and by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival.