Iman Abdul Razzak
Iman is a Syrian violinist from Aleppo. Initially, she was trained as a classical musician. She fled the war of Syria and went to Turkey in 2013. During her time there, she volunteered as a music teacher in an orphanage for Syrian refugees.
Iman moved to the United States in 2014 to complete her undergraduate studies at Monmouth College and graduated in 2018 with a double major in music and psychology. She played with several orchestras and was the Concertmaster of Monmouth College Orchestra for three years.
Iman found her passion for teaching music in her late years in Syria. She taught violin and music theory for the past seven years. Also, she was a music instructor for Nai's Children Choir in Toronto and is still teaching with Sistema Toronto.
In May 2018, Iman arrived to Canada to seek refuge. She is also a violinist at the Canadian Arabic Orchestra. Now, Iman is completing a master's program in Humanities at York University along with teaching and performing music.
Thoughts About Art and Community
Performing and teaching classical and Middle Eastern music contribute greatly to the Toronto community. As a Syrian musician in Toronto, my music impacts audience who want to learn about Middle Eastern music and heritage. Moreover, teaching at the Canadian Arabic Conservatory of Music is one of the my most valuable contribution to the Arab community in Toronto. Teaching Arab music to Arab immigrants and refugee youth and children is most significant as it helps our community with maintaining national identity and heritage music in the Western Canada.
As a professional violinist, I teach with different music institutes and perform with various artists and musicians in the Greater Toronto Area. Most of the music I currently make is related to my hometown, Syria. Since moving to Toronto, I was motivated to learn and perform music that reflect my heritage. With the help of many experienced Arab musicians, I was able to perform and create music that reflects who I am as an Arab Syrian.