Acclaimed for her masterful piano technique and wide-ranging musical imagination, Egyptian Pianist Seba Ali enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teaching artist. She has started playing the piano at the age of four and had her concert debut at the age of five. Having started performing as a soloist with the orchestras at age eleven, Seba has performed with Lynn Philharmonia, Cairo Celebration Orchestra, Bibliotheca Alexandria Chamber Orchestra, Cairo Conservatory, Ars Flores, Redlands and Cairo Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Seba maintains solo recitals and frequently performs at renowned venues including New York Public Library, Kaufmann Center, Manasterly Palace, The Staller Center For The Arts, and Historic Asolo Theatre, and her performances have been broadcast on WQXR, KUOR and Classical Variations.
Dedicated to chamber music, Seba is a winner of the 2012 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition and has been mentored by some of the greatest chamber musicians of our time, including Colin Carr, Carol Wincenc, Vselod Demidov, Roberta Rust, and Christina Dahl. Other important mentors include Jon Robertson, Douglass Weeks, Gilbert Kalish, Andres Cardenes, Paquito D’Rivera and Emerson String Quartet. She is a founding member of Gadayel Duo with her husband; hornist Amr Selim with recent performances and residencies at Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and Kaufman Center in New York City.
In high demand as an educator, Seba has served as the piano and chamber music faculty at the Stony Brook University undergraduate music department and pre-college division, Cairo Conservatory, and Long Island Conservatory, she has given Masterclasses and workshops across the Middle East and the United States, and currently teaching as an adjunct professor of music at the Lebanese American University. Having a strong passion for teaching, Dr. Ali maintains a piano studio for fourteen years where her international student roster has gone on to win competitions and scholarships for postgraduate studies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Her passion for education drew her to do extensive research on the teaching methods of the U.S, Europe, and Asia, collecting it into a source to other educators.