Sami Al Fakir

Stockholm born and raised, Sami Al Fakir has been the tuba player of Stockholm Chamber Brass since 2014.  Before joining the quintet Sami was the Tubist of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra and Linné Brass Quintet, a position he held from 2006-2009.  Sami studied at Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Prof. Michael Lind where he won a 1st prize scholarship to study in the college. After finishing his studies he also received the prestigious Gålösiftelsens/Sixten Gemzéus travelling scholarship and 2nd Prize at the Svenska Solistpriset, (Swedish Soloist Prize). After his competition success Sami went on to perform solos with both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gävle Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with Sweden’s orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Swedish Opera, Swedish Radio Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestra as well as the Oslo Opera.  Since he could walk Sami has always been a performer and when he finds time to put the tuba down he can regularly be seen playing drums in the ‘Knights of the Nights’ or singing in the ‘Sami Al Fakir Orchestra.’ Sami often appears on stage and television and between October 2008 to October 2010 he toured Sweden in the 2 person show ‘Dina dagar är räknade,’ alongside Sissela Kyle. A year later he performed in the play ‘Blottard’ with Maria Lundqvist. He can regularly be seen on television performing alongside his good friend, the comedian Henrik Schyffert.

Michael Lind

Michael Lind is, after a career of 40 years as a tubaist in different Scandinavian orchestras, Professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he has been teaching since 1980.   As a musician he has performed all over the world and has recorded numerous   LP´s and CD´s with many renowned musicians.  He has also made several solo albums which include  both classical  and jazz compositions.  In 1980 Michael Lind was visiting professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, U.S.A.  and he has given master-classes and performed   as a soloist all over the world.

Michael Lind took initiative and was the organizer of the First Swedish Tuba-Workshop in 1977, The 2nd  Swedish Tuba-Workshop 1992,  The First Scandinavian Brass Symposium in 1978 as well as the Scandinavian Brass Ensemble, Scandinavian Tuba Jazz and the Band of the Stockholm Symphonic Winds.

More than 60 composers have written works personally for him and Michael Lind has also commissioned over 40 compositions  for different brass constellations by Nordic composers.

In 1993 he was elected a member  of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

2014 Michael Lind received the lifetime achievement award  by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association for a lifetime of significant contributions to the tuba and euphonium world.