Akram Abdulfattah is a Palestinian-American musician born in New Jersey, United States on 3rd of November 1990. In 1995 he moved with his family to their home village, Kawkab Abu Elhija in the Galili Heights, Palestine.
Akram began studying percussion at a local Conservatory when he was six years old. Being a member of a musical family who played the Oud lead him to study Oud with his father Mouhamad Abdulfattah, who studied Oud with the musician Simon Shaheen. At age of 8, Akram decided to study the violin, having been attracted by the violin sound he heard when attending his percussion lessons.
Akram took up Arabic Violin at the Conservatory where he showed impressive talent. After two years, he began studying classical violin with Stella Shternberg, then went on to study at the Beit-Almusica Conservatory with the musician Kamil Shajrawi. After graduating from Beit-Almusica with excellence in 2008, Akram started studying for his first degree at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance, and graduated in 2012 to carry on with his master degree at the same academy.
Abdulfattah won first place in the Marcel Khalifa Competition, Jerusalem, in both 2006 and 2008. He also won the first prize at the Palestinian National Music Competition in 2010. Abdulfattah participated in various projects overseas including pupil exchange with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and the Arabic Music Retreat held in Mount Holyoke College MA, US – Simon Shaheen. He has performed in numerous festivals, concerts and musical TV shows as a violin soloist.
Abdulfattah formed the youngest musical quartet in Palestine. The group is called “Awan” and performs modern Arabic music composed and arranged by Akram. Awan won the two most prestigious music competitions for ensembles in Palestine: “On Stage”, 2012 Ramallah and “The National Music Competition for Ensembles”, 2012 Jerusalem.