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Shaul Bustan

Born in 1983 in a small kibbuz in the Negev desert, the Israeli composer Shaul Bustan started playing classical music on the mandolin from a very young age. Growing up between two worlds, to a Persian mother and an Eastern European father, he was not only influenced by this on a personal level. Also musically, he has been a frequent traveler between these two worlds. Till today, Shauls musical language are the unique sounds and combinations of orient and occident.

Shaul graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in 2009, holding a master’s degree in composition. Throughout his career, he has composed over 300 pieces; from opera to chamber and orchestral music to music for film, theatre and dance. Shauls music has been performed in concerts internationally by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (USA), the Tiroler Ensemble für Neue Musik - Innsbruck (Austria), by the mandolinist Avi Avital, the klezmer maestro Giora Feidman and at the Schleswig-Holstein music festival.

Since 2011, Shauls is based in Berlin. He has put his focus on composing and performing his
own music on the Oud. As well as being the musical director of the site-specific theatre company “Das letzte Kleinod”, he conducts several choirs in Berlin. He was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (2002-08) and the Berlin Senate in the JAZZ composition section (2017).

Shaul Bustan plays on a German 5 string half-size double bass (unknown ca. 1950)
and on an Iranian Oud made by Hamid Ghorbanzade.