Sameeh Zaitouna, a musician raised in Swaida, Syria, first studied music at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus and was about to complete his studies when he was forced by the war to leave Syria. Sameeh started early to play the viola and was inspired by his brother Alaa Zaitounah , who played the oud.
By then he played with many philharmonic orchestras in Syria and Lebanon, and afterwards he came to Germany to complete his academic studies in music. He’s currently playing in Berlin with the Choir of Hope (Begegnungschor), which is leaded by his brother. With Alaa he also started the new project Trio Amal, based in Berlin.
Since Sameeh came to Berlin he has been a part of the Arab Song Jam Sessions which are held in the Werkstatt der Kulturen, one of the partner organizations of the Soundroutes project in the German capital city.