Dear Hussam, thank you for agreeing to answer our questions.
First of all, do you want to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Hussam Aldeen Mohamed Amin Ezzat. I am the first player in the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, a member of the World Youth Orchestra in Germany and of the Arab Youth Orchestra, and participated in the Youth Orchestra in all the European countries.
When did you start to play the cello, and why the cello and not another musical instrument?
I started playing cello in the music and ballet school when I am 9 years old and my father chose me this cello and I loved it so much.
Who was your first cello teacher?
My first teacher was Mr. Nabil Hani. He taught me one year and then my mother died when I was 9. I had to leave the cello for a while. And then I came back to the cello when I was 18 and I did not have a special professor and developed myself through courses and orchestra and my participation in the youth orchestra. So I obtained a diploma in music from the Institute of Fine Arts and now I am the first cello of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.
When and where did you play in public for the first time?
The first orchestra I participated in was in the year 2007, in the city of Erbil, with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.
What is the moment of your life as a cellist that you remember with more pleasure?
The most beautiful moment was in my life, which is when I played my first solo with the orchestra. It was in the year 2016 and I played Oblivion, by Astor Piazzolla.
What is your favorite composer and which your favorite composition?
One of the most important music composers is Tchaikovsky and one of the most important musical pieces is above all the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, by Antonin Dvořák
Do you prefer to play alone, with other cellists, or with musicians who play other instruments?
I love playing with the orchestra, and I also love to play with the string quartet, but I also like to play solo, because all these forms have their own aesthetic
Are there many cellists in your country?
Yes, we have cello players now, both young and old
Are there job opportunities for cellists?
Yes, with the Iraqi National Orchestra have jobs and that depends depending on the possibility of playing and even perform
If you were asked to organize a concert for children who have never attended a classical music concert, which compositions would you choose to play?
Yes, I participated and worked with many young orchestras and I have experience in this area, but for children, as you say, I prefer compositions by Mozart or Haydn
What are your musical dreams for the future?
My dream and my future goal, is to become a maestro, like my father Mohamed Amin Ezzat, who is the maestro and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.
I thank you very much for your availability and I wish you your dream can come true!