Picea Orientalis is a string orchestra in which all classically trained musicians, regardless of their origin, embrace the current intercultural society as an inspiring environment.

Although the string orchestra is typical of Western (classical) culture, the violin is also an important instrument in the Middle Eastern music of Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Egypt, in which other playing techniques have been developed.

With this rich musical breeding ground, Picea Orientalis searches within its own dynamics of music creation for an intrinsic sound in which the musicians and composers are inspired by what they hear, by what everyone brings in, and by what they resonate with together.

For this ensemble, making music not only means looking for the bridges between the different musical cultures they carry with them, but also a fascination for what is so characteristic of each culture in itself.

Photo credit: Ashti Malki