How to Imagine a Symphony Orchestra: Mina Zikri and the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago

February 4, 2015 7:56 PM

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How to Imagine a Symphony Orchestra: Mina Zikri and the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago

Mina Zikri is a lot like other artists, or at least he's a lot like other promising, new artists who you might not know about. When you see him perform, for example, not only is the intensity of his dedication immediately clear, but as is often true with very creative performers, there's likely to be a sense of surprise in the blend of impressions that he brings to an audience. Mina Zikri is doing something else that promising new artists sometimes manage to do. He's quietly gathering around him a group of other artists, like-minded people inspired by what he imagines, and dedicated to making what he imagines real.

As far as being a lot like other artists, though, that's about it, because Mina Zikri is unique in so many ways. His approach to his art is unique, his background is unique, and his journey from the music schools of Cairo to the classical concert halls of Chicago and the world is, and continues to ...

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