2014-6-10 Kareem 6SMALLKareem Roustom is an Emmy-nominated composer who has composed music for film, television, the concert hall and album projects. Steeped in the musical traditions of the Near East and trained in western concert music and jazz, Syrian-born Kareem Roustom is a musically bilingual composer who has collaborated with a wide variety of artists receiving numerous commissions to compose works for Kronos Quartet, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s department of education, and others. Recent performances of Roustom’s music have included performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Malmö Opera Orchestra (Sweden), and at numerous festivals including the Verbier Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, as well as performances in Japan, China, Germany, France, the U.K., Argentina, the Middle East, and the U.S.A.  Of Roustom’s recent orchestral work Ramal, the New York Times wrote that it is “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation” and the The Guardian described it as “arrestingly quirky and postmodern… This was music with lots of personality.” Roustom’s work in film includes a number of award-winning narrative and documentary films that have competed at festivals that include Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and many others. His work in popular music also includes arrangements for Shakira and Beyonce. Roustom is the recipient of the Pete Carpenter Fellowship from BMI and is a Sundance Film Composers Lab Fellow.



Kareem Roustom with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra after the performance of Ramal at the Salzburg Festival August 22nd, 2014. (Photo by Manuel Vaca)


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