Abraham Salman, one of the premier players of the qanoun type of zither, passed away, Sunday, at the age of 83. A respected member of the Royal Iraqi Radio Orchestra where he was the principal qanoun player, he gained respect and recognition across the Arab world and accompanied renowned Arabic singers such as Muhammad Abd Al-Muttalib, Nazem Al-Gazali and Sou’ad Muhammad during their performances in Iraq.
In 1950 he moved to Israel, where he became a leading member of the Arabic Orchestra of Israel Radio until 1988. In addition to being a virtuoso performer Salman composed instrumental music, film music, and recorded Western classical music. Other immigrants from Iraq specifically remember him sitting behind the qanoun wearing dark glasses because he was blind.