Marc Sabbah

'Born to play music, Marc Sabbah explains why you love the viola but didn't know it yet.'

Upcoming Concerts 2020-2021

Sept 7, 2020 
Violin - Viola Duos
Wiertz Garden, Bruxelles 13:00

Sept 18-20, 2020 CANCELED
Kâsteaux Chamber Music Festival
Kasteel van Bouchout, Meise, Belgium

October 24, 2020
Club Littéraire de Huy 


November 26, 2020
Recital Duo Sabbah-Reyes
Concerts de Midi, Liége, Belgium


January 22, 2021
Duo Sabbah-Reyes
Culturel Center of Meise, Belgium


March 25, 2021
Recital, Eutrepe, Kortrijk, Belgium
Marc Sabbah & Martin Klett
Bach, Piazzola, Schubert

Sept 21, 2020 
Solo Recital, Bach/Sabbah
Wiertz Garden, Bruxelles 13:00

October 5, 2020 
Malibran Quartet, Debussy
Wiertz Garden, Bruxelles 13:00

December 13, 2020
11/11 series
Piano quartet

Atelier Marcel Hastir, Belgium


January 9, 2021
New Years Concert
Chamber music gala
Atelier Marcel Hastir, Belgium


Sept 25-26, 2021 
Kâsteaux Chamber Music Festival
Kasteel van Bouchout, Meise, Belgium


'New York born Marc Sabbah, viola, today Professor in Belgium, made clear with the solo "Capriccio" by H. Vieuxtemps, why he is called "The Paganini of viola". He liberates the instrument from the image of longevity.'    -


             Marc Sabbah (1988, New York City) is a viola soloist, chamber musician, professor and as of 2012, the viola soloist of the Belgian National Orchestra. 

Described as"a magnificent player" by legendary conductor Zubin Mehta, Marc is regularly invited as guest Principal Violist of the Israeli Philharmonic.  As of September 2017, he has been teaching viola as a guest professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons, Belgium. Graduating Cum Laude from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Marc was a pupil of Sven Arne Tepl and Nobuko Imai. His recent awards include the 1st prize at the 2016 Rising Stars Grand Prix music competition performing solo at the Berlin Philharmonic hall as well as his recent 1st Grand Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition with a recital at Carnegie Hall. Having played numerous concerti with European orchestras such as the Belgian National Orchestra, Casco Philharmonic, de Filharmonie Amsterdam, the Hochreinisches Kammerorchester, Marc Sabbah is creating a path as a musical force of his generation.       
 Since 2016, Marc is collaborating with Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes forming the Duo Sabbah-Reyes
, a unique duo dedicated to exploring viola and piano repertoire. Marc is establishing himself as a pre-eminent young violist with performances at the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, Grachten Festival Amsterdam, ArteAmanti, Festival van Vlaanderen, Les Sons Intensifs in Belgium, as well as festivals Arcidosso and Les Nuits Romantiques in Italy.Giving masterclasses in association with the Dutch Viola Society, the Brussels Chamber Music Festival and the Athens State Orchestra, Marc is deeply involved in teaching and communicating his love of music to both young artists and publics alike.


        In 2011, Marc Sabbah performed with Ivry Gitlis at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Since then, Ivry Gitlis attended Marc's performance of the Leo Smit viola concerto at the Royal Conservatory of Mons calling Marc 'The Paganini of viola'
His pursuit of music led him to study with great performers like Pinchas Zukerman, Lawrence Power, Kim Kashkashian, baroque cellist Anner Bijlsma, Nobuko Imai and others. Marc has performed and attended festivals throughout Europe, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, the United States and Canada. Marc has won top prizes at the Moscow Arts Competition in Boston, the Horowitz International Competition and Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, (2004) performing Hoffmeister concerto for viola and orchestra as well as Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Ukranian State Orchestra.

             At only the age of 18 Marc premiered new works at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall as former violist of the Kubrick-Quartet and as principal violist of the Deutche-Skandinaviche Jugend Philharmonie as well as substituting with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (DeFilharmonie) in Antwerp, Belgium. Marc toured with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (Nederlands Kamer Orkest) with violinist Gordan Nikolic playing concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and a recent 2017 tour in Finland. 

            Marc began his studies on violin at the age of 3 at the 3rd Street Music School in Manhattan, furthering his studies at the Lucy Moses School with teacher Mark Lakirovich. Mesmerized by the warmth of its tone and in admiration of his sister's cello playing, Marc switched to the viola at age 11. He completed his studies in the United States as a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High school of Performing Arts and the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School.

Marc plays on a Leroy F. Geiger viola dated 1951 made in Chicago, USA. 

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'Capriccio' Hommage à Paganini
by Henri Vieuxtemps


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 A Private Life

An intimate look at the role of the viola.
An original composition shines light on the private life of a performing artist. 

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As of 2019, Marc Sabbah is the founder and artistic director of the
Kâsteaux Chamber Music Festival


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