Oberlin Conservatory - B.M.
A long time student of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s professors AliMukhtar Papaiev and Eliana Golikova, Salam Karahawa is a fourth year student at Oberlin College and Conservatory. He is pursuing degrees is viola performance and politics while minoring in economics. A passionate educator utilizing scientifically proven methods for preventing injuries, Salam has worked with students between 5-24 years of age for more than eight years. Working on using body muscles most efficiently to avoid injuries, Salam has worked with Curtis Institute of Music faculty Pamela Frank and her husband physical therapist Howard Nelson on learning the dynamics involved in fluent and healthy body movement while performing. He has taken classes in and conducted research on Body Mapping and Kinesthetic Awareness with Oberlin professors Deborah Vogal and Kelly Wilson. His performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra musician had spread from Yekaterinburg, Russia and Marseille, France to Beirut, Lebanon. Salam’s philosophy in teaching relies heavily on Body Mapping and Kinesthetic Awareness principles as well as on constructing a robust technique where almost all body parts are engaged in creating a natural and sustainable practicing and performance habits that would lead to tangible results in both the short and long terms.