Born in Aleppo, northern Syria, in 1938. He studied violin since he was 6 years old with the help of the Russian musician Michael Borinzko who has lived in Aleppo since the 1920s. He held several teaching posts including the post of harmony teacher from 1967 to 1969 at the Arab

Music Institute in Damascus, music composition teacher from 1970 to 1991 at Conservatoire St. Adonis, teacher of music and harmony from 1971 to 2003 at Conservatoire and teacher of music notes from 1977 to 2003 at the Higher Music Institute in Paris. Dia al-Sukkari died of chronic disease in Paris on Sunday the 5th of December 2010. He was 72.