Michael Dreyer, born in Göttingen, studied classical guitar at the Detmold University of Music in Münster. In 2005 he founded the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück. The festival presents a broad spectrum of western Asian musical culture from traditional music to jazz, rock and the avant-garde. The festival cooperates with opera houses in Damascus, Cairo, Izmir and Berlin and organises guest performances in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Kazakhstan, Jordan and Turkey. In 2013 Dreyer founded the International Music Summer festival in Kurdistan/Iraq. He also developed the programme for the “Salam Syria” festival organised by the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg. Together with the Argentinean guitarist Hugo Gaido, he established the recording label Dreyer Gaido Music Productions, with which he has already produced several films and over 120 CDs. Michael Dreyer works together with the Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer as a screenwriter and co-producer for film productions about music in Iran, Syria and Xinjiang/ China. Dreyer was awarded the Praetorius Music Prize in the category of “International Music Peace Prize” for his artistic work.