Karim Wasfi

The New York Philharmonic

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Cellist and conductor Karim Wasfi is president and founder of Peace Through Arts Global Foundation, and serves as a fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy. With more than two decades of experience in cultural diplomacy, he uses music, sound, and art therapy for healing and cross-cultural integration, de-radicalization, prevention of tension, and counterterrorism. His innovative approach has helped thousands of people in areas of crisis to rise from violence, fear, and intimidation of terror. His work and initiatives have been widely covered by national and international media including BBC, CNN, The New York Times, and Forbes, and his YouTube videos on which he plays music in the aftermath of explosions in Iraq went viral, with more than 33 million viewers. Karim Wasfi was named the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year by the Arabian Global Business community, and was awarded the 2016 Asia Game Changers Award by the Asia Society and The Rockefeller Foundation. He holds a bachelor of arts in physics and philosophy from Cairo University and a master’s in music technology and conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Karim Wasfi is one of the musicians from orchestras around the world joining the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.


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