Setrak Sarkissian has been regarded one of the best percussionists in the Middle East. He is a master player of the Arabic drum (tabla). Through his unique performing techniques, he has contributed to both traditional and modern Arabic music.
His works are featured in many recordings and movie soundtracks. He has performed with many Arab world stars including Fairuz, Muhammad Abdel Wahab, Farid El Atrash, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah Fakhri, Fayza Ahmad, Warda, Sabah, Majda Al Roumi and others.
Arab world's famous dancers such as Nadia Gamal, Tahiya Karioka, Fifi Abdou, Nagwa Fouad, Souher Zaki and others have also benefited from his musical talent.
Setrak Sarkissian is born in Beirut, where he still lives in the Armenian neighborhood of Bourdj Hammoud. He spends his time in teaching and touring the world with international performances.
Since early age, he has depended on himself in developing his talents. Hailing from a conservative society, he had to overcome many obstacles to reach his goals. In his early twenties, soon after he enrolled at the local conservatory, he was acknowledged for his capabilities and he progressed rapidly.
Upper left photo: His Holiness Aram I decorates the Arab world’s most popular and renowned drummer Setrag Sarkissian with the “St. Mesrob Mashdots” insignia of the Catholicosate. From left to right: Catholicos Aram I, Setrak Sarkissian, Ministr Ghazi Al Aridi (Photo: Website of the Catholicosate of Cilicia)
Listen to Setrak Sarkissian's "Tabla Sharki", from album "Setrak At The Haram" (Vol 10)
Album covers: Make me dance (with belly dancer Nisrin), Belly dance with Naima
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