Hamza Able

Jacksonville, Florida

Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor in Percussion, 2020
Curtis Institute of Music, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Percussion, 2023

M.A. Deen Chair

Hamza Able is a Moroccan born percussionist who moved to the United States, at the age of 12 where he discovered his love for classical music. As the former winner of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Mr. Able had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony.

Mr. Able attended the Manhattan School of Music where he was the recipient of the Paul Price Percussion Endowed Scholarship. He trained under the direction of Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton, Kyle Zerna, and She-e Wu. Mr. Able is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music under the direction of Don Liuzzi and Eric Millstein. After finishing his studies, Mr. Able plans to pursue an orchestral career in one of the nation’s leading orchestras.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I’m a huge mixed martial arts fan, I follow every MMA promotion out there.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Richard Strauss, Bela Bartok, Giacomo Puccini

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Playing Call of Duty with my friends

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
Playing the rep after a long break away from Orchestra, especially Sibelius 2nd Symphony