Classical guitar performer, composer, recording artist and teacher Sulaiman Zai, both on and off stage is committed to exploring the boundaries of east and west. Virtuosic and imaginative in approach, his programs challenge the listener with a kinetic mix of repertoire styles and techniques. His warmth, vitality and impeccable technique have inspired others to write works for him.
Throughout decades of performing as a soloist Sulaiman Zai has received enthusiastic acclaim for his recitals, concerto appearances, and radio and television broadcasts. Zai graduated with an Artist Diploma with distinction from the Indiana University School of Music. He also served as founder of the classical guitar program and taught as faculty for the same institution. In addition to his performances as soloist here and abroad, Zai pursues a career in composition. His pieces often showcase the beauty and versatility of the classical guitar and his works include numerous solo and ensemble pieces as well as several works for guitar and orchestra and guitar and voices. He has performed the premieres of many of these pieces. Zai's achievements as a musician are attributed to a multicultural background, diverse musical training and his philosophy towards the art. His sensitivity and expression as an artist are attributed to "striving for an artistic ethic which compromises no one."
Sulaiman Zai plays a Miguel Rodriguez “Church Door” guitar (Cordoba) 1979