Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Saleem Ashkar

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Saleem Abboud Ashkar, Berlin, 2011 photo: Peter Rigaud, courtesy of artist

Pianist Saleem Ashkar says he never heard classical music growing up in Israel. Then, when he was six years old, Saleem's father traded a truck for a piano... and Saleem found his calling. On Tuesday's Performance Today, Saleem Ashkar plays Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Luxembourg Philharmonic.

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