What I like at this devoted it is its going beyond of
oneself. The details and the precision of its work charm
with which look at and those which listen to its musical
instrument, that points out the days to me when the very
good craftsmen did not work to earn money, all the times
that it manages to solve a new problem in the manufacture of
its instrument, it seek other more precise major problems to
arrive to perfection which generates another of them.
I know Nabil Kassis, this famous artist, since years. He
plunges in the test, he triumphs there to start again so
much so that all new result remains more beautiful, more
beautiful than his precedent, I believe that results only
from its great love and its ideal respect of its career,
this passion and this large respect creates so much heart in
the wood which he works, which it forms of the sounds to
which the musicians and the listeners are attached.
Our eyes and our ears are demanding more since they saw and
listened to what your hands did.
One thanks you dear Nabil for the beauty of your work.
I am pleased to thank you and to pay homage to you for the
beautiful piece which you had the kindness to manufacture to
me; and I can only congratulate the music world and the
craftsmen lute makers to have in their row a performance
But above all, I would like to thank vigorously my friend
and brother Mr. Mohsen SOUAS, and Mr. Kamal KASSAR, who
worked so that this beautiful instrument arrives on good
board. If I had some regrets to formulate, it would be the
short period which remains to me to enjoy this instrument. I
am certain that many musicians would like to have such a
For my part, this desire came to me since July 1972, date at
which I took part in the 1st pan-Arabic festival of youth in
Algiers, and where I made acquaintance of in particular
Iraqi musicians who owned instruments of value. Therefore, I
made a point of having some too, what did not fail to arrive
4 years later as I came into possession of an Egyptian qanun,
which enabled me to play behind the biggest Tunisian artists
such as Nêma, Oulaya, Amina Fakhet, Soufia Sadek, Youssef
Tmimi, Hédi Jouini, Bouchnek, Chawachi, Béji…. And also some
oriental artists like Abdou Skandarani, May Yazbak, Julia
Botros, Ely Chweiri.... As Well as I took part in many
international festivals: Carthage, Hammamet, Sousse, Dogua,
But what I can affirm is that currently, I have one of the
best pieces which exist in the Arab world, as per the
opinion of several Tunisian and Iraqi specialists who teach
at the Higher Music Institute of Sousse.
In the end, I thank you again as well as I thank Mr. Soua
and Mr. Kassar, and I hope that your trade will persist
beside all these new technologies which disfigure the Arab
Music from Nejib Gharabi
professional Kanun player for the past 30 years, I’ve played
many Kanuns from different countries and different makers.
To date, I own 9 Kanuns from all over including Egypt and
Syria. But when I played on one of Nabil Kassis’ Kanuns, I
was so impressed with it, I had to buy one. With all due
respect to the other nun makers this was top of the line.
Nabil’s Kanun was by far better. The sound is incredibly
crisp, the workmanship is excellent, and tones are
amazing.It has become my preferred Kanun.
Nabil, I wish you the best of
luck and success.
Thank You, Elias Kilzi
I have been player of kanoun for 5 years, I am pleased to
announce to you that I learned how to play on this splendid
instrument thanks to large Syrian professors (of Alep) Mr.
Jalal joubi (player with the most famous singer in the Arab
world Mr. Sabah Fakhri),and Mr. Nabil Kassis (player with
large singers Arab, including the large singer Mrs. Majida
I will say in all sincerity Mr. Nabil Kassis is the only
Syrian player whom I saw who play on a kanoun manufactured
by himself to compose of 10 levers.
And besides I have 3 kanoun manufactured by himself with a
quality of sound, never considering! And incomparable with
all that I saw until now! And finally I thank Mr. Nabil
Kassis and Mr. Jalal Joubi with which I must have learned
the kanoun much.
Mr. ABOUZED-AGHA Nader
I wish to express my pure thanks and gratitude for Mr. Nabil
Kassis the skillful manufacturer of the Qanun : a great
deep-rooted musical instrument.
So in summer of year 2005 I purchased a Qanun musical
instrument made by Nabil Kassis for my daughters to learn
playing on it.
Because it’s the first instrument: I purchased C class not
A CLASS , in C class the leather part of the instrument is a
leather goat , although a well known Qanun players in my
country when they saw the instrument and played on it they
express to me their astonishment from the great sound and
the accuracy of the well manufactured instrument and they
told me that this Qanun is equal to an A CLASS THAT MADE BY
THE OTHER MANUFACTURERS OF THE INSTRUMENT.
I wish to point that every one which heard the instrument
and delightful pure sound knows that the maker of it is a
person who knows all the secrets of the Qanun instrument.
Also I wish to emphasis about the very excellent treatment
and the loyalty and the complete credibility and the
excellent job of the respectful man Mr. Nabil Kassis
And here is the claw about what I said above: playing oadak
ranan (beautiful song of Fairouz the great singer) PLAYED BY
THE Qanun player Mr. Samer Shhouk Bishara
You can download it from youtube site by clicking the link
above or you can write the link above in your search
Mr nabil I thankyou very much and I wich you a great success
and the good health
Sincerely yours with full respect
Naaman Nasser advocate
Called « Sheikh of players in Aleppo ». Born at
1929, studied the music and grew By Haji Abdul Latif
Al-Nabky, the first player of qanoon in Aleppo. He
was colleague of Sheikh Ali Al-Darwish . From the
beginning of fortieth he began his studies by
professor Shoukri Antakly who learned him playing
Many famous players and musician knew Mr. Safi like
Mr. Sami Sandook, Salim Ghazaleh and Mohamed El-Sabouny.
After studying the theories of Arabic music and its
essential dimensions, he became master in playing
In the fiftieth, Safi started his professional life,
he worked together with local singers like Mr.
Mustafa Tarrab, Asaad Salem, Bakri Al-Kurdi, Mohamed
Al-Nassar, Mohamed Khaïry, Sabah Fakhri and others
foreign singers like Mr. Wadi El-Safi, Karem Mahmoud,
Fayed Mohamed Fayed and Mrs. Leila Hilmi.
During this long way with the music, Mr. Safi tried
to manufacture qanoons, but due to his continues
travels and his concerts who didn’t stopped, his
experience remained relatively small.
Mr. Nabil Kassis was his sole student, in all his
life Safi didn’t learn to anyone playing qanoon but
to Nabil Kassis. Safi blessed the works of the
talented artist Mr. Nabil Kassis because it was his
first successes in teaching and playing. Mr. Kassis
realized Safi’s dream and made integrated qanoons
with homogeneous and sensitive sound.
Mr. Safi Zeinab, the first qanoon’s player with the
singers Mr. Sabah Fakhry and Mohamed Khaïry stopped
his work in 1998 leaving a distinct bright pages of
this instrument and left beautiful “takasims”
having special characters with many singers.
Hassan Tennari :
I born in 1960 at Maaret El-Noman; the
town of the poet and philosopher Abu El-Alaa
Since my childhood I
heard the blooded art as all the members
of my family were musicians.
I learned the music at
the Arabic college of Music in Aleppo,
which is related to the ministry of
culture at 1968 and awarded the
certificate of graduation Excellent at
1973 My professor was Dr. Saad Allah
Agha Al-Kalaa. Then on 1976 I presented
my papers to the artists syndicate and
obtained the membership despite my age.
After that I was called chief of the
artists syndicate orchestra, and then I
was called chief of the artists
syndicate of Aleppo. On 1979 I was
appointed chief of the band of the force
officer club for 3 years.
I worked together with
the musician artist Mr. Sabah Fakhry for
At 1983 I formed a
musical brand called « The Golden
cord » we played with the most celebrate
singers from the Arabian world as Wadii
Al-Safi, Elias Karam, Nasri Shams-Eddin,
Mrs. Souad Mohamed, Mrs. Mayada and her
sister Faten Hennawy, Mr. Shady Jamil,
Mrs Samira Tawfic, Assala Nasry, Noor
Mhanna, Mohamed Jamal, Mohamed Khairy…
I awarded the gold medal
of the Royal Moroccan army, I
participated in the recordings of the “
Diamond brand “ at the television of
Libya. I represented Syria at the Middle
East festival at 2000 in Tunis. I was
invited to represent Syria at the
festivals of Egypt, Turkey and Algeria,
but as I was very busy at that time I
could not participated. I visited many
Arabic and foreign countries (European
and American) and I represented Syria at
the festival of the Arabic college of
music in Paris.
I called professor at the Music college
in Aleppo, where I composed a book for
teaching how to play qanoon. Many
institutes used my book over the world
and especially the Arab world. Really I
loved my qanoon .
After that I knew Mr.
Nabil Kassis and gave him some private
lessons on this instrument, and I was
very surprised by his distinctive
musical talent and his intensity
knowledge of the details of this
I expected that Mr. Nabil
will leave his clear touch and effect in
the near future as he know how repairing
and manufacturing the finest qanoons in
the Middle East. I boat one of his
qanoons, which has a very beautiful
voice. It is my companion in all of my
travels.I wish him all the best,
success, continues prosperity.