From Victoria News (April 19, 2019)
When Sari Alesh came to Canada three years ago as a refugee from Syria he didn’t know where life would take him.
Alesh started working at École Victor Brodeur as a substitute music teacher in March after a year of studying academic English at the University of Victoria.
Since then he has decided to go back to school to pursue a teaching degree in order to become a full time elementary teacher. His courses begin next month.
“I’m so glad this year I have a clear plan, which is a big difference. I was really confused last year about what I should do and now I have a step by step plan,” says Alesh.
Alesh has a Bachelors of Music degree and played with Symphony Orchestra in Syria for six years before leaving the country and has been using his talents to support various causes on the Island. Playing in a fundraiser for the Harbour of Hope Refugee Assistance Society recently, Alesh hosted another fundraising concert on April 28 at the St. Phillips Anglican Church.
Playing everything from Arabic to American pop, Alesh does it all. Since being in Canada the violinist discovered Irish Celtic music and says it’s his new found favourite, very different from the emotional ballads he was used to.
“I had never heard Celtic music before but I found it very very interesting,” he says. “This kind of music is very happy and makes people dance.”