Aeham Ahmad

Syria, 1988

Aeham Ahmad is a Palestinian-Syrian pianist, born and raised in Yarmouk, a district of Damascus populated by Palestinian refugees. He studied at the conservatory in Damascus and the Faculty of Music in Homs, and came to international fame in 2015 as ‘pianist in the ruins’ with his public performances in war-torn Syria. After IS fighters occupied Yarmouk and destroyed his piano he was forced to flee to Germany, where he continues to play the piano in protest against war and terror. In 2015, he was the first recipient of the Beethoven Prize for Human Rights.