After answering the call of aspiring musicians of Cairo with guides to drum and guitar lessons in the capital, the Cairo 360 team has been inundated with queries regarding violin lessons. This most elegant of instruments still only commands a somewhat niche appreciation in contemporary Egypt, so options are rather limited.
But despite that, there are several avenues one can take in mastering the violin. Firstly, it's important that we dispel any lingering ideas that might condemn the instrument to the annals of classical music. With Oriental fusion being rather en vogue right now, more and more bands in Cairo are utilising the violin as a bridge between east and west.
Getting your hands on a violin can be a costly affair, however; prices can start as low as 200LE, but can go up all the way to 2000LE and higher. This is of course dependant on the type and quality of wood, where it was manufactured and so forth, but investing in quality will yield results – with a little help from these guys.
George Mohsen offers private lessons at a beginner's level, and you can reach him at 012221254538. Prices are to be discussed depending on your arrangement.
Ahmed Hassan can host students at Vibe Studios in Dokki or at another location, depending on your preference. He gives lessons to ages 15 and up at 400LE for a package of four classes per month.
Naglaa Younis caters at a more advanced level and prices depend on current ability, as well as determined location. Call 01001344707 for more information.
The Talents Development Centre at Cairo Opera House offers classes starting for children aged six; here, students will learn the basics, which include reading sheet music. Classes are offered at 500LE for a three month course. Call 01005200906 or 0111109457 for more information.
Fonoun Centre is a convenient option for those living in Heliopolis or Nasr City, with prices for a set of four classes standing at a very reasonable 200LE. For registration and more information, call 022623993 or 01022630333.
El Sawy Culturewheel offers academic, holistic classes for students starting at the age of seven; registering is open to all, depending only on level and learning pace. Students are asked to bring their own violin, as well as any needed accessories. Classes are every Thursday and Friday with Khaled Saleh and cost 300LE.
Get going and maybe you can becomes Egypt's own Vanessa-Mae.