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June 1, 2017SEBA RECEIVES HER DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS DEGREE FROM STONY BROOK UNIVERSITYSeba Ali was awarded the doctor of musical arts degree from Stony Brook University with a final project on the monumental work of J. S. Bach: The Goldberg Variations (Technical and Historical analysis).
August 1, 2016SEBA JOINS THE FACULTY OF MUSIC AT THE LEBANESE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUTSeba Ali will be joining the faculty at The Lebanese American University as an adjunct professor of music in both Byblos and Beirut campuses as of Fall 2016.
April 1, 2016CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR STUDENTS OF SEBA ALI!Congratulations to the senior students for getting several merit scholarships from the undergraudate music departments at Ithaca College, Stony Brook University, Boston Conservatory, Queens College, and Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim, class of 2020.

Your achievements are truly commendable, , keep up your great work!
January 15, 2015NEW MUSIC AND CULTURE SYMPOSIUM AT UNIVERSITY OF ALBANYSeba Ali will be representing Stony Brook University's Music Department at the New Music and Culture Symposium at the University of Albany between January 29-31, 2015.
The Symposium is organized by UAlbany faculty member Max Lifchitz, this SUNY-wide conference includes public concerts, lecture/recitals, panel discussions and master classes highlighting the artistic accomplishments of composers affiliated with the SUNY system.
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December 20, 2014HAPPY HOLIDAYS!Happy Holidays from Stony Brook and Seba Ali http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/email/holiday2014/click here for more info
September 1, 2014SEBA JOINS THE FACULTY AT THE PRE-COLLEGE DIVISION AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY.Seba Ali joins the Faculty at The Pre-College Division at Stony Brook University as a Chamber Music Coach, working with several groups of piano duo, piano quartet, and vocals.click here for more info
July 27, 2014SEBA ALI TEACHING AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE DEPARTMENTSeba Ali joins the Undergraudate Faculty of The Music Department at Stony Brook University, to be teaching Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Elements of Music.
July 25, 2014WELCOME TO MY NEW WEBSITE!I am thrilled to finally have my official website and connect with you all! My sincere thanks and gratitude to Aestheticize Media for creating the site! I will be very happy to hear from you so please leave your comments and tell me what you would like me to add on my website and of course if you have any questions.

Enjoy browsing around and please visit often as I will be updating the site with upcoming performances, news, audios, and more..
Have a beautiful day :)
Acclaimed for her masterful piano technique and wide-ranging musical imagination, Egyptian Pianist Seba Ali enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and teaching artist.

She has started playing the piano at age of four and had her concert debut at age of five. Having started performing as a soloist with the orchestras at age eleven, Seba has performed with Lynn Philharmonia, Cairo Celebration Orchestra, Bibliotheca Alexandria Chamber Orchestra, Cairo Conservatory, Ars Flores, Redlands and Cairo Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Seba maintains solo recitals and frequently performs at renowned venues including New York Public Library, Kaufmann Center, Manasterly Palace, The Staller Center for The Arts, and Historic Asolo Theatre, and her performances have been broadcasted on WQXR, KUOR and Classical Variations.

Dedicated to chamber music, Seba is a winner of the 2012 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition and has been mentored by some of the greatest chamber musicians of time, including Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Carol Wincenc, Andres Cardenes, Paquito D’Rivera and Emerson String Quartet. Seba is a founding member of Gadayel Duo with her husband; hornist Amr Selim with recent performances and residencies at Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and Kaufman Center in New York City.

Seba Ali holds a Bachelor of Music from Cairo Conservatory, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn Conservatory, a Master’s of Music in piano performance and a doctorate of musical arts from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers are Vselod Demidov, Amal El-Shahed, Nibal Mounib, Roberta Rust, Christina Dahl. Other important mentors include Jon Robertson, Douglass Weeks and Gilbert Kalish.

In high demand as an educator, Seba has served as piano and chamber music faculty at the Stony Brook University undergraduate music department and pre-college division, Cairo Conservatory, and Long Island Conservatory, has given Masterclasses across the Middle East and the United States, and currently teaching as an adjunct professor of music at the Lebanese American University. Having a strong passion for teaching, Dr. Ali maintains a piano studio for fourteen years where her international student roster has gone on to win competitions and scholarships for postgraduate studies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Her passion for education drew her to do an extensive research on the teaching methods of the U.S, Europe and Asia, collecting it into a source to other educators.

As a cultural entrepreneur, and driven by her passion through education and outreach to her community. Dr. Ali is the founder and the artistic director of Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) based at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon.
IWCS is a series of events—from concerts, workshops, panel discussions, art exhibitions, outreach and education programs, bringing all arts disciplines together, to commissioning projects and supporting LAU students and alumni, and young students and artists. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of the community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU’s faculty and students, students from middle and high schools in Lebanon, and a diverse community; commissioning and premiering new works by emerging and established composers, choreographers and storytellers; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives; creating and championing projects that promote peace, harmony and acceptance among our community and the whole world; and introducing underprivileged communities and refugees to the power of arts.
Like a braid [gadayel]: flexible, intimate, creative, and simple yet complex and strong, Gadayel’s core members are Egyptian artists pianist Seba Ali and hornist Amr Selim.

Classically trained musicians Seba and Amr were raised in musical families. Growing up, their musical experience was diverse; hearing Oud, Um Kalthum and folk Egyptian Poems in one room and Bach Cello Suites in the other.

They strive to bring folk music from all cultures, streamlining it to all people around the globe. Music that ranges from deep in the South of Egypt to Tibet. They believe it is rather special and effective to perform this music on usual Western instruments.

Vocalizing the Horn, utilizing the piano, Gadayel exceeds the expectations of their instruments to make adapting any folk music possible. They create this aura, sometimes by writing their own music.

In addition to evoking and extoling the standard literature, Gadayel feels very strongly about commissioning composers to write new works. Gadayel is always looking for collaborations with new artists and interdisciplinary projects.

Gadayel is a vigorous ensemble that wishes to revamp the horn and piano duo genre; which has long been missed from the chamber music scene.
With each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging through the overlapping mass of the others; their music will get you to see, feel and smell places you have not experienced.

Quintessentially, music has one heart. A heart that accepts all. Gadayel genuinely aims for that music. Gadayel is a love relationship between music and places. A life-long one; just like its members’ marriage.

Past Performances

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY
Bach, Bartok, Bolcom, Cage and Ginastera
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Studio of Pianist Seba Ali
Steinway & Son's Piano Gallery - Recital Hall
Melville, NY
Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Brahms, Joplin, Schubert, Schumann, Hisaishi, Yiruma, and more.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Great River, NY
Islip Arts Council
Enjoy your afternoon with folk music from all over the world!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
New Music and Culture New Music and Culture Symposium
Performing Arts Center - University at Albany, State University of New York
Albany, NY 12222
Perry Goldstein: Late Night Thoughts from the V.A. (2008)
Peter Winkler: Returning to the Roots (1999-2000)

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY
Beethoven, Dukas, Goldstein & Winkler
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Collaboration with Oboist Laura Smith
Staller Center
Stony Brook, NY
Mozart and Strauss
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Holiday Concert - Studio of pianist Seba Ali
Fank & Camille's Pianos
Melville, NY‎
Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Khatchaturian, Prokofiev, Brahms and Christmas Favorites.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gadayel and other artists
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook
By Stony Brook Composers: Perry Goldstein, Meg Schedel, Peter Winkler, Sheila Silver.. and others.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Solo Recital For Children
Stony Brook, NY
Pianist and narrator, Seba Ali
Poulenc and Prokofiev

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Collaboration with Trombonist Justin Waller
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Bozza, David, Davidson, Genzmer & Pierre
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Collaboration with French Horn Player Karl Kramer - Lecture Recital
Stony Brook University Music Department
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Schenker & Röntgen
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Collaboration with Flutist Mira Magrill
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Monday, November 3, 2014
Collaboration with Oboist Laura Smith - Lecture Recital
Stony Brook University Music Department
Stony Brook, NY 11755
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Collaboration with Long Island Voices
Saint James Roman Catholic Church
East Setauket, NY
(631) 941-4141
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Chamber Music Recital with Flutist Ray Furuta and Hornist Amr Selim
Staller Center For The Arts
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Brahms & Schubert
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Studio of pianist Seba Ali
Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery, Recital Hall
Melville, NY
Chopin, Faure, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, and others
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Collaboration with clarinetist Patricia Billings
Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
New York, NY
Three on 3 presents: Stars of Tomorrow
Brahms and D'Rivera
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Solo Recital - Preludes
Staller Center for the Arts, Recital Hall
Stony Brook, NY
Rameau, Hummel, Corelli, Dussek, Chopin,
Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Shostakovich, Ginastera,
Messiaen, Ravel, Couperin

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Studio of pianist Seba Ali
Frank & Camille's Pianos, Recital Hall
Melville, NY
Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and others
Amr SelimFrench hornhttp://www.amrselimhorn.com
Stony Brook University Welcome to the Music Departmenthttp://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/music/
The Pre-College Division at Stony Brook Universityclick here for more info
Flickr: Miriam Benyamein Photography ©'s Photostreamhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/twinklaya
Aestheticize MediaWeb/graphic designhttp://www.aestheticize.com
Seba is available for solo and collaboration concerts, master classes and private lessons.

For booking inquiries, please email seba@pianistseba.com

For masterclasses and private lessons, please email teaching@pianistseba.com

Op 32 No 10
Seba Ali
Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin
Arvo Pärt
Für Alina




Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Seba Ali - Pianist and Narrator
Seba Ali, pianist and narrator, enthralls an audience of children and adults with Sergei Prokofiev's musical tale - PETER AND THE WOLF. Staller Center for th...
Francis Poulenc: The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant. Seba Ali - Pianist and Narrator
Seba Ali - Pianist and Narrator - enthants an audience of children and adults with the Story of Babar: the Little Elephant.
Ravel piano concerto in G / Allegramente
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1/3) Allegramente - Seba Ali, Piano, Jon Robertson, conductor with Lynn Philharmonia
Ravel piano concerto in G / Adagio
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (2/3) Adagio - Seba Ali, Piano, Jon Robertson, conductor with Lynn Philharmonia
Ravel piano concerto in G / Presto
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (3/3) Presto - Seba Ali, Piano, Jon Robertson, conductor with Lynn Philharmonia
Performance by: Pianists Seba Ali and Jacqueline Ching-Ling Leung

Teaching Philosophy

I started playing piano at the age of four and I remember experiencing a very unique and special excitement when my mom taught me how to play a melody on the piano. Shortly after, I joined the Cairo Conservatory and learned how teachers can become mentors to their students and nurture their talents. My teachers have been a great influence on my life, and I want to give the same to the next generation of pianists. I started teaching piano when I was fourteen, and since then my journey has been filled with precious students.

My philosophy of teaching comes from the people who taught and inspired me and from my own personal experiences. Through many years of studying, I have been very lucky to have wonderful and committed mentors and I am honored to continue their path. My teaching is not limited to age or ability. The same commitment and energy is spent on a Prokofiev piano concerto with an advanced student and on Mary Had a Little Lamb with a beginner; I was a beginner one day and the connection I had with the piano was and still priceless!

Although students differ in proficiency and development, I maintain high expectations for my students. I expect attention and dedication in lessons, efficiency and quality practicing at home, and creativity and artistry in collaborating and performing. I support my students by nurturing their strengths and strengthening their weaknesses, and I adapt to each student without compromising excellence, but seeking accuracy and artistry.

Along with building strong sight-reading, ear-training, musical and technical skills, my teaching methods include knowledge of music theory and history, improvisation, and collaboration. I do my best to make sure every student has complete confidence in themselves and their musical abilities and knowledge. I want them to be proud of who they are and what they can accomplish, and I strive for them to aspire to be their best.

It is very beneficial to every musician to perform; it motivates them to polish their pieces, consistently learn new repertoire, and build self-confidence. Performing is a life experience for individuals to express themselves, and it can bring out the best of people. I have heard from my students many times that their performances are some of the most magical and unforgettable moments of their lives.

I am keen to provide ample opportunities to perform in public through regular studio recitals, studio classes and participation in school, conservatory and university recitals, along with participation in competitions and auditions. I am happy to always meet new students and work towards a life-long love for music! If you have questions about my studio contact me!


Seba is one of the most passionate teachers I have had. From her it is not only the piano skills I learned, but also how to be a good person. She would go out of her way to help her students, like when she took out extra time for me if I ever needed any, even when herself is living on an extremely busy schedule. Seba is absolutely a supreme performer, but she is also undoubtedly a supreme teacher. With her everything is so easy; she is really good at exploring people’s potential. With her I always felt like that I could go further and further. She knows the materials, and she knows what fits the student the best.
Seba is also a great mentor. She is willing to go beyond her duties as teacher and be there for you when you have to face negativity in your life, no matter what kind, and make you feel better. I am lucky to have Seba as a teacher, because she truly has such a good heart and caring personality.ZHENLING ZHANGStony Brook University. Bachelor in Music - Piano Performance
It was a tough decision on choosing a piano teacher for my 4 year old daughter (Elaine) to start. Friend of mine introduced Seba Ali to me. During past four months, I found Seba is not only professional in Music, she is also the protagonist for young child to study from. Elaine loves Seba's teaching style and within 4 months her progress on playing piano amazed people around us. Seba has great patience and understanding for my daughter and also well prepared for each class. As a piano teacher, she earned my respect with her teaching philosophy on reaching out maximum potential from her students. I would highly recommend Seba to anyone I know because she is the best!Elaine’s Mother
I have had the privilege of working with Seba during my undergrad years at Stony Brook University. One of the most memorable moments I have had was when Seba and I performed a four-hand piece for the end of the year concert during Christmas season. I remember sharing voluminous laughters with her during the practices. She is not only a wonderful piano instructor, but also a kind-hearted, open-minded human being with an infectious bubbly personality. Seba's sincere love for music and her students is demonstrated through her teaching. She often uses descriptive imagery to portray a certain character of a piece so that the students are able to understand and expand their creativity and artistry along with technicality. Mrs. Ali is a brilliant piano teacher, mentor, and friend who is near and dear to my heart.JINJU HONGStony Brook University. Bachelor in Music - Piano Performance
I am a Phd student in computer science department at Stony Brook. I fell in love with piano quite late, a year back when I came across the Japanese pianist Joe Hisaishi. I wanted to learn piano but I had never played the instrument before and had to start off as a beginner. I was looking for a piano instructor, and through the music school at Stony Brook came to know about Seba. I found Seba, had an amazing love for her craft and she thoroughly enjoyed teaching. Her great quality as an instructor is she is very patient and at the same time quite creative in helping her students out. In my case, there were a few things I found difficult to learn. She suggested interesting techniques to help me out, while at the same time instilling the value of practise and patience in learning piano. She is also very well organized, ensuring that each session serves a purpose for the student. Her sessions were usually accompanied with interesting readings. She was always available if I needed extra time for practise sessions. She organized regular recitals for her students, and the recitals were a fun experience. Overall, my experience was of great learning and fun.ZAFAR QAZIStony Brook Univeristy - PHD in Computer Science
Seba is a passionate and loving teacher. Over the past 2 1/2 years, my daughters, Rubaiya and Afia, made great advances in their music. My older daughter wanted to start piano the summer before middle school. Seba was patient with her and I saw that within 5 months, Rubaiya had made incredible progress. My younger daughter, Afia, started off with little musical knowledge. Now she amazes me each time her fingers strike the keys. Seba always goes through music from diverse cultures and lets her pupil choose what is best for them. With her personality and knowledge, Seba made music fascinating for my daughters. She always takes the extra time to help create a better understanding, even though she runs on a tight schedule. Seba is a wonderful person. I would recommend her to anyone with an interest in music.Rubaiya and Afia' Mother
Seba gives me the support and encouragement to better myself as a pianist and as a person.JEAN-PIERRE DOMINGUEZStony Brook University. Minor in Music - Piano Performance
Seba Ali is an immensely talented pianist and musician who happens to possess a natural gift for teaching. She has managed to impart her enthusiasm for music to my daughter and son. I was always impressed by her knowledge of piano repertoires, her high standards of performance, her insightful observations on the music and her many practical suggestions for tackling those extremely annoying, technically challenging passages. Best of all, she maintains a very high expectation of excellence while balancing the relationship with the student in a very caring and concerned way. It is a privilege to have her as my kids' teacher.Amy and Alex' Mother
Seba is a great piano teacher for young kids. I can feel that she brings her heartful passion for the piano to my son during the instruction . She is not only teaching my son how to play piano in the right posture and fingering , she also constantly explains how the music piece was created so my son can have the closer feeling that the composer tried to express. She is using every minute efficiently during the class to make sure that my son can learn more and play more. What is nice about her not only stays in the class, she does a lot after the class. She responses our questions fast. She picks videos of some very best piano performance for the student to watch at home. With thoughtful and detailed plans, as well as neat preparation together with the students in advance, she holds the concert twice a year in the beautiful piano exhibition hall for all her students to celebrate the music achievement together. We all love her and her teaching very much !Zekey's Mother
Seba helped me a tremendous amount through her lessons. She is pointed out many bad habits that I had and helped me work through them patiently. But I also learned through Seba how to better express myself through music and how to show people exactly what I want to show them. Seba is a wonderful teacher!KEVIN KRAJEWSKIStony Brook University. Minor in Music - Piano Performance