Maya Youssef qanun
Elizabeth Nott percussion
Shirley Smart cello

Maya Youssef is a virtuoso of the qanun, a 78-string traditional Syrian instrument, which has an exquisite, emotional sound. She uses it to evoke many moods, from sorrow to hope and everything in between.

Maya combines her extraordinary musical gifts with warmth, humour and optimism as she performs all over the world. Winner of the Exceptional Talent Award in 2011, and the Songlines Music Newcomer Award for Syrian Dreams in 2018, Maya is a regular performer on BBC Radio, and has featured at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.


She is master of her instrument

Queen of the Night

The Seven Gates of Damascus