shaul bustan Trio


An old tape recorder with only one reel is the only evidence of composer Shaul Bustan's musical ancestors. Shaul Bustan's great-grandfather, who came from Iran, came from a musical family. He played traditional instruments and sang Persian folk music at the king's court. Shaul's other great-grandfather, born and raised in Romania, was not only a great lover of opera, but he also performed Yiddish songs on the guitar and introduced people to Yiddish folklore.

The Shaul Bustan Trio are Shaul Bustan (double bass and oud), Julia Czerniawska (violin) and Lillia Keyes (cello). The Shaul Bustan - Flensburg Trio are Shaul Bustan (oud), Anja Kreuzer (flute) and Finn Strothmann (double Bass)

The music of the trio is the compositions of Shaul Bustan - a unique blend of Israeli music with European sounds and music from the desert, inspired by his own musical family history.

The three virtuosos invite you to a concert of a special kind - fascinating new sounds and improvisations that sweep you along. Music that tells stories


Past concerts:
Kunsthalle Kühlungsborn
Kulturhaus Centre Bagatelle – Berlin
Elbphilharmonie Kulturcafé – Hamburg
Französischen Dom – Berlin
Jüdische Musik- und Theaterwoche – Dresden
Kammermusiksaal Havelschlösschen – Potsdam
Alt-Pankow Kirche
Kulturzentrum Marstall,Ahrensburg
Kulturwirkstatt Ilow e.V.
Johannisklang, Flensburg
Bühne Bunter Vorhang, Tostedt
Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin
Jüdische Gemeinde Pforzheim
Dorfkirche Seegefeld, Falkensee
Jüdische Gemeinde Braunschweig
Jüdische Gemeinde Herford
Jüdische Gemeinde Bielefeld
Tage der jüdischen Kultur, Chemnitz
Herz-Jesu Kirche, Bernau

Current program:
Shaul Bustan Trio – ABOVE THE TREETOPS 
Shaul Bustan (Compositions, Oud and Double bass)
Julia Czerniawska (Violin)
Lillia Keyes / Julia Biłat (Cello)


A bridge over the Mediterranean Sea. Carsten Dippel (March 18, 2022)

"Without a doubt he is one of the up-and-coming, young composers of our time and a cultural enrichment for Germany."

Giora Feidman

"His virtuoso lute playing enchanted the audience time and time again."

Westfälische Nachrichten, 11.9.2019

"devoted joy", "imaginative pieces of music", "stormy applause"

Flensburger Tageblatt, 29.10.2018

"I always felt closer to jazz musicians" (Interview), 16.01.2021

So klingt die Wüste, 14.09.2018


The Israeli composer, conductor, double bass and oud player Shaul Bustan was born in 1983 in a small kibbutz in the Negev desert, in southern Israel. He grew up between two worlds, as the child of a Persian mother and an Eastern European father. That not only shaped him personally, but also musically he is a traveler between cultures and genres. His tonal language tells of his origins as a studied composer of classical music as well as his virtuosity as a player of the oud, the oriental short-necked lute, on which he improvises effortlessly incorporating elements of jazz into his tonal language. In this way he creates highly original and yet very smooth listening experiences, which clearly bring the connection between Orient and Occident to life. Located between classical avant-garde, world music, jazz and free improvisation, Bustan’s music creates a completely new world of sound, far from narrow genre boundaries.
Shaul graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with a Masters Degree in Composition in 2009. He has written over 400 pieces throughout his career; from opera to chamber and orchestral music to music for film, theater and dance.
Shaul has composed for several international orchestras, ensembles and soloists, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra Cologne, Tiroler Ensemble für Neue Musik, Meitar Ensemble, as well as for the mandolinist Avi Avital, the Klezmer maestro Giora Feidman and for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Since 2011, Shaul lives in Germany. In addition to his work as musical director and composer in various projects, he leads several choirs in Berlin and performs regularly with his trio all over Germany.
He has received several awards for his work, including Best music at the International Film Festival of Ahmednagar (India, 2021), 1st prize at the International Tapiola Choir Choral Composition Competition (Finland, 2020), Avni-Yaddor composition competition (Israel, 2007/08) and scholarships from the German Music Fund, the German Music Council, the Berlin Senate and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Julia Czerniawska grew up in a family of musicians and started playing the violin at the age of six. After completing her violin studies in Poland and Austria (University Mozarteum Salzburg), she played in various European orchestras and smaller ensembles. Already during her classical training she discovered her fascination for jazz and improvised music. By playing in various bands and studying jazz with Didier Lockwood in Paris, she developed her musical freedom and joy in discovering different styles of music.

American Cellist Lillia Keyes has made her home Berlin, Germany. Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, Lillia began living in Berlin during her tenure in the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin. She completed her Masters Degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin and has since continued to collaborate with numerous orchestras in Berlin including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, and education projects with the Berlin Philharmonic. An avid contemporary musician, she performs regularly with Ensemble United Berlin. Lillia is a founding member of both she plays cello and Duo Nuage.

Julia Biłat (cello) cellist, improviser, singer-songwriter, co-founder of the band BiWald. You can hear them in Berlin jazz clubs as well as in the most renowned concert halls in Germany, such as the Konzerthaus in Berlin or the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Born in Poland, after studying the cello at various universities in Warsaw and Calgary (Canada), she came to Berlin, where she currently lives and collaborates in many projects ranging from classical music to improvisation, tango and jazz.

Anja Kreuzer is the First Prize winner of the International Kuhlau Flute Competition 2017. Since 2015 she is working in the Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra and Theatre, Germany. She plays in the position as associate Principal Flute (before, 3 years Principal Flute 50%)

The swiss musician studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with William Bennett, where she graduated (Master of Arts). She won there the Irene Burcher Prize for the best Final Recital.

Anja obtained a Bachelor’s degree at the Zurich University of Arts, where she studied with Matthias Ziegler and had additional lessons with Sabine Poyé Morel. Furthermore, she received an orchestra diploma at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, Germany, in the flute class of Gaby Pas-van Riet.

Her flute solo CD: “Time travels on a flute” was published in 2019 and is available in stores and online.


Finn Strothmann was born in Eckernförde in 1983, is married, has 2 small children and lives in Flensburg. From 2004 to 2009 he studied double bass in Denmark and Holland. Concert tours have taken him with various orchestras and ensembles to countries including Russia, India, China and other European countries. Finn Strothmann works as a double bass teacher at the music school in Flensburg and he is a double bass player in several bands in Northern Germany.


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