I have been learning the Ud with Amer for two years and I feel incredibly lucky to have such a talented and passionate teacher in The Hague. Who would have thought? Amer is very dedicated and knows how to transmit his passion and skills to his students. I hope I can keep learning the beautiful complexity of Middle Eastern music with him in the years to come. In the meantime, every lesson is a delight for the ears.

Shervin Nekuee

Amer Shanati, is een grote aanwinst voor de stad Den Haag en voor Nederland. Niet alleen omdat hij een top-muzikanten is. Niet alleen omdat klant van zijn UD (Arabische luit) betoverend is. Ook niet alleen om zijn gave om moeiteloos en met een grote meesterschap samenwerking aan te gaan met verschillende musici en genres. Maar vooral om zijn liefde voor muziek en zijn ontroerende verlangen om jongeren en kinderen al op een jonge leeftijd te laten kennismaken met de schoonheid van muziek. Hij is een grote aanwinst voor ons, vooral omdat hij een enthousiaste, kundige en gepassioneerde muziekleraar is voor onze kinderen.
Shervin Nekuee, Curator Internationale literatuurfestival WINTERNACHTEN TE Den Haag.

Maurits Berger

Amer is an inspiring teacher with deep insight in Oud music. He teaches well, with enthusiasm and patience. Every lesson is a delight.

Veerle Boone

Ik leerde Amer kennen doordat ik muzikanten en instrumenten zocht voor een muziekproject in een vluchtelingenkamp in Noord Frankrijk.
Ik was meteen gecharmeerd door zijn verschijning (wie niet ? ) door zijn charisma, maar vooral ook door zijn enorme begeestering voor muziek en het enthousiasme waarmee hij dit naar anderen overbrengt. Hij is niet alleen een uitstekend muzikant en een gepassioneerde muziekleraar, hij is vooral een liefdevolle opvoeder die muziek als methode gebruikt om kinderen/mensen te “openen”. En wie zich opent kan ontvangen maar ook los laten en geven, wie zich opent kan tot ongekende hoogte groeien en met heel veel schoonheid bloeien.
Ik zou hem omschrijven als een inspirerend man, een oude ziel, rusteloos, ambitieus, veeleisend voor zichzelf maar iemand die ook het allerbeste uit zijn leerlingen wil halen. Als ik weer eens in Nederland bij hem ben, kan ik zijn gedachten soms niet volgen, zijn hoofd lijkt op een fles spa-bruis waaraan geschud werd …. de ideeën en projecten blijven maar bruisen en opborrelen.
Toen ik bij hem thuis was, maakte ik een muziekles van 2 kleine meisjes mee. Wel wel, woonde hij maar in België en in mijn buurt, ik zou m’n kleinkind maar wat graag les laten volgen bij Amer, en had ikzelf destijds maar zo’n bezielde leraar gehad.
Ja, ik ben toch wel wat jaloers dat hij in Nederland en niet in België terechtkwam.

Sheila Mortimer

Amer is a dedicated teacher who does his utmost to bring out the best in his students. Amer is a talented, passionate musician who is able to engage with his students and pass on his joy to them, calmly and always with a smile.


Amer is a very passionate and effective teacher. He has been able to connect with both my children (girl – violin and son – piano) in a way that has evoked enthusiasm and love for music in both of them. The progress is impressive and he seems to achieve it in a manner that the children enjoy.

Jacobine Wieringa

Amer heeft meerdere malen opgetreden in het Vredespaleis en elke keer is het weer een genot om naar hem te luisteren! Tijdens zijn laatste optreden tijdens de uitreiking van de Carnegie Watelervredesprijs liet hij ook weer zien dat hij met zoveel enthousiasme en talent ieder publiek weet te boeien. Hij raakt mensen echt met zijn optredens. Ook is hij door zijn enthousiasme en flexibiliteit ontzettend goed in staat om met diverse artiesten samen te werken.

Antony Godwin

Amer has been teaching my daughter violin for about 18 months and more recently also the piano. Amer is a fantastic teacher and person, very professional and always enthusiastic and inspiring. It is always a pleasure to see him. My daughter has made great progress and we feel very fortunate that Amer is her teacher.

Monica Dias

Amer has been an amazing violin teacher for my daughter. She has improved tremendously in 1 year compared to the previous 2 years in London. He was also able to quickly make a very shy girl feel confident to play in public. It is easy to see how his passion for teaching music impacts on the children’s performance and their joy to learn music.

Bettina Huber
Amer has been a wonderful piano teacher for my seven year old son. Amer is very enthusiastic, warm, patient and encouraging in his teaching. Lessons are joyful and never feel tiring, even though they are late in the evening. My son practices by himself (almost) every day, which in itself is testimony to how Amer managed to pass on his passion for music. I feel privileged that we found Amer, and could not wish for a better music teacher.
Amine Mouadden
I always dreamed of playing music.  However, for many reasons, I didn’t learn music or practiced an instrument while I was a kid.
Now in my mid thirties,  I decided to go for it. The methodology of Amer combines practice,  theory and fun at the same time . This made it easy for me to start and keep up with the lessons,  even if I had no music reading or practice skills.
Over time , I saw a continuous progress and an enormous satisfaction.
Music opened up a whole new world for me, and for that, I am grateful to Amer.


I work in The Hague and met Amer when he gave a small concert at a friend’s event. His obvious talent, dedication and enthusiasm when speaking of music and his former students came back to mind when I was looking for a piano teacher a year later. The trial lesson quickly convinced me that he is the right teacher for me. Since then I’m a proud student of his and profit not only from his didactic skills, experience and patience but also from his kind, optimistic and motivating character. I’m happy to be his student and learned to love music again. Thanks Amer!


Ik volg sinds ongeveer 6 maanden muzieklessen bij Amer en ik kan absoluut niet anders dan hem bij iedereen aanbevelen. Amer is super enthousiast over muziek en geeft met veel passie en geduld de lessen. Ik ga wekelijks met veel plezier naar zijn lessen toe en voel me gezegend dat ik in de leer ben bij zo’n geweldige enthousiaste leraar.

Marije Tijsterman 
We are so blessed with Amer as the music teacher for my daughter and son. First it is very convenient that he comes to our house but even more important the kids love him. He teaches the music with passion and joy and is able to adapt his lessons to the needs of our children. He even brings new music instruments to test for my son, very special! I can for sure recommend him as a perfect music teacher


The most beautiful and wise soul I have ever met. Thanks to Allah for his existence..
I’m sure he will be successfull about his ideas.
Musicforpeace my friend. Always…

Alain Pringels

I am artistic leader of Compagnie couRage. As a director of Trojan Women I asked Amer to play live music on stage. Doing this he created a live soundscape for several scenes during the performance. His skilss as a musician are extraoridnary. He is not only a great master in playing the Ud, he has an enormous sensitivity towards what is needed on stage. His feeling is accurate. Amer is a wonderful person to have in your team!

Sadie Harrison

I met Amer with my partner Richard in Den Haag last year. We went to visit him with colleagues from the American ensemble Cuatro Puntos in order to see his work with the young refugees at the Den Haag detention centre. Amer is an extraordinary man, full of compassion for the young people he teaches but also a true musician who understands that practise makes perfect! Amer was clearly loved by his students and he is doubtless a lifeline for many of them, allowing the express themselves through music in a place that is full of uncertainty.

Amir Vodka

I had the pleasure of working with Amer Shanati on a special project for coexistence in the 2nd edition of Palestinorama! festival in De Nieuwe Regentes (September 2017). Amer led a group of musicians in a unique and beautiful concert that got standing ovation from the audience. Amer is not only a great musician but also a real mensch, and I am very much looking forward to work with him again!
Amir Vodka: (Palestinorama! festival producer)

Carrie Ballard

Seeing and hearing Amer play was a moving experience for me. The depth of his knowlege and his passion is clear. The music is gorgeous—I felt transported to black skies studded with millions of stars during a time long ago when the world was clean and empty—and his skill is obvious even to someone like me with no idea of how much skill it takes to play like Amer does. If you have a chance to hear him, take it. If you have a chance to learn from him, do that too.

H.L. Murre-van den Berg

Since almost one and a half year Amer is teaching me to play the ud, making me welcome in his life of music, and introducing me in the music of his life. He is great teacher, not only of children of all backgrounds (see some of the other comments), but also of grown ups. Above all, he is wonderful musician whose performances deeply engage those playing with him and those who are listening.

Nicole Visser

I met Amer through a friend. I was equally impressed with his music and story. We are very happy that Amer now gives our daughter violin lesson. He does this with so much passion and brings music to the children. Our daughter is playing beautiful violin, thanks to the lessons of Amer. But he is more than just the violin teacher he has really become a household friend, for our whole family.

Evert Willemstijn

Amer a wonderful person and a great teacher !
Teaching me about Maqams and the languages of the eastern Music in a very clear way !
thank you my friend.

Sophie Schellens

I had the priviledge of meeting Amer Shanati at the first Welkom Hier event in Den Haag in 2016. The performance that Amer gave, and the cooperation with him, has led to many more performances of him at other Welkom Hier festivals. Amer is passionate about his music and his message for peace. I support him in his vision that kids have the future, and through his music lessons can inspire kids about their leadership to change the world. I can recommend anyone to work with Amer.

Anita Poolman

It is always wonderful and inspiring to work with Amer Shanati. I love the way he plays his instrument: passionately with a great intensivity. Above all he plays with love: love for music, love for nature/for human nature and especially with love for children.
He brings people and several music styles together. And that is the essence of an gifted artist and a music teacher.

Henri van Swieten

When I met Amer Shanati, in term short and long
Ud Tones float through the air like a wonderful song
A marvelous feeling that doesn’t go away
Ud music is his love and he shares a tremendous play.

He teaches wholeheartedly his pupils, in ways of digital and straight, Far away and close by, done with a hearts temper bait
Experience to know him it’s all so importantly well.
A person with a heart, A brother in music, Believe me I can tell.

Monica Scheepers

Amer is a wonderful musician, teacher. We are happy to have you here at the Regentenkamer. The music, food brought the warm open welcome and connected people and culture together. Your passion and joy of life is what makes everything you do so outstanding. A musician without boarders what moves people by heart. Thank you Amer for all you do.

Molly Herron

Amer is a sensitive and thoughtful musician, teacher, and friend! I’m heartened by his presence in the world. He is full of enough energy and inspiration for audiences, students, and collaborators.

Dakota Lupo

Amer Shanati plays his Ud from his heart to yours. No matter who you are or where you are from, you are taken in by the music. As an audience member, as a student, as a friend, Amer shares his talents to uplift, educate, and inspire. A wondrous journey.

Marianne Tiel

Amer ontmoette ik voor het eerst op een afscheidsfeest van een collega, als muzikant, die mee kwam met bekenden.
Ik was erg onder de indruk van zijn muziek en verschijning.
Najaar 2016 gaf Amer, samen met 3 andere muzikanten van Stefka, drie keer een prachtige ontroerende voorstelling ” Eerst was er thuis” voor VluchtelingenWerk Noord-Nederland.
Lieve Amer, je bezoek aan mij in Harlingen heb ik erg gewaardeerd! Ik blijf Amer volgen ( en hopelijk ook ontmoeten) want ik vind hem een heel fijn mens en bewonder wat hij doet. Voor de ouders van Amer: you can be very proud of your son, he is so gentle and working so hard. In age I could be his grandmother, I have much respect for what is is doing.

Irma Kort

Amer, mijn fijne collega. Altijd fijn om mee samen te spelen. Altijd op zoek naar wat achter de horizon ligt. Spelend en les gevend. Een bewogen musicus en een gepassioneerd docent!

Wendy Ripassa

Amer Shanati, what a lovely person and a wonderful musician, dedicated to introducing as many people as possiblie to the magic of music. Being able to play a musical instrument, to make music, to appreciate music, contributes to a better world. Amer definitely sees music as a peacemaker and he is sooooo right! Beautiful to witness how he lives his life’s mission. Grateful to be able to work with him!

A.den Bakker

Het was een genot om op tweede paasdag hier in Hoogvliet naar Amer te mogen luisteren. Voor de meeste bezoekers was het de eerste keer dat ze deze muziek hoorden en men was diep geraakt. Amer speelt vanuit zijn gevoel en is energiek. De bezoekers waren ook onder de indruk van zijn verhaal en ervaringen.

Jouetta van der Ploeg/Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer

The first time I saw Amer performing was during “The Zoetermeer Bazar”, a welcoming festival for and with new Zoetermeer residents. With music, poetry, stories and Persian snacks tasting. More than 200 guests, amongst them many Syrian refugees sang and danced along with Amer. It was beautiful to see how he managed to enthusiasm the audience and how happy he made them. We will repeat the Zoetermeer Bazar. The next edition will be held in September 2017. And we will ask Amer again to perform and share his story. He is an inspiration for and embodies hope for so many people, who just like him, had to flee their homeland and who will have to restart life in a new and not always hospitable country. Way to go Amer!!!

Geertje van Dam

What i like the most is that you make positive and nice music for traimatized children. Keep on going this imprtant way of helping children. Warm regards.

Jeannet Dam

Ik heb Amer leren kennen op het azc waar ik vrijwilliger ben. Ik was en ben nog steeds diep onder de indruk van de manier waarop hij zijn stappen zet in Nederland. Gepassioneerd door zijn ud en muziek brengt hij veel vreugde in het leven van jong en oud. Door zijn passie leert hij ons Nederlanders hoe verbroederend dit kan zijn en laat hij ons toe in zijn wereld. Dit zou iedereen moeten kunnen beleven.

Harriet Marseille

Amer weet met zijn muziek de harten van luisteraars te openen, en mensen met elkaar te verbinden. Ik heb meegemaakt dat mensen in tranen waren door zijn spel. En ook dat een hele zaal mee zat te swingen op de muziek. Hij is niet alleen een goede performer, maar ook een inspirerende muziekleraar voor kinderen. Ik heb er veel respect voor dat hij, terwijl hij relatief kort in Nederland is, nu al zijn brood weet te verdienen met de muziek.Antony

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