March 3, 2017 Pianist Thomas Stumpf to give the world premiere of Aleppo Songs for solo piano at Tufts University’s Distler Hall at 8:00 p.m. Concert details here.
March 10, 2017 The Chamber Project St. Louis to give the mid-Western premiere of my Abu Jmeel’s Daughter for narrator and chamber group on a program that also includes Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Langston and Stravinsky’s L’Historie du soldat . Program details TBA here.
March 17, 2017 “Salaam Syria” at the stunning Elbphilharmonie Great Hall in Hamburg, Germany. This program, which includes Roustom’s Dabke for string orchestra, will bring together members of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestral musicians from Hamburg in a program that features works by composers of Syrian heritage. Details here.
March 21, 2017 Klara Festival The Syrian Expat Symphony Orchestra join forces with the National Orchestra of Belgium on this wide ranging program that includes music from Syria, works by Puccini, Shostakovitch, Casals, Hendrickx and the Belgian premiere of Dabke for string orchestra. Details here.
April 1, 2017 The DHQ and friends are thrilled to present our final installment of United We Play. Join us for an afternoon of chamber music featuring musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera. Program includes works by Brahms, Saint-Saens, Copland, Roustom, Ginastera, Bloch, Hindemith and Rachmaninoff. Admission is free, with 100% of donations going to the International Rescue Committee. Come make a difference! Details here.
April 3, 2017 SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of SMU Meadows School of the Arts, presents an evening of innovative music from a number of musical periods with several special guest artists. The concert will begin with Meadows alumna Anna Song in one of the first performances of Syrian composer Kareem Roustom’s Aleppo Songs for solo piano, a beautiful and immediate work taking the Syrian conflict as its point of departure. Second on the program is a performance of Erik Satie’s groundbreaking Dadaist work, Parade. Details here.
April 23 & 28, 2017 Houston: Musicians from the Shepherd School of Music perform Buhur & Letters Home at two community outreach concerts. Details here.April 28, 2017 U.K. premiere of A Voice Exclaiming for triple string quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Details about the performance here. Watch a video of the third movement from A Voice Exclaiming here. Concert details here.
May 2, 2017 European premiere of Buhur (2008) for clarinet and string trio during the inaugural season of the Pierre Boulez Saal, at the Barenboim Said Conservatory in Berlin, Germany. The Damascus Festival Chamber Players, Kinan Azmeh – Artistic Director. Details here.
May 6 & 14 The Acacia Youth String Orchestra to give the Indonesian premiere & a second performance (Bandung & Jakarta) of Dabke for string orchestra. Details here.
June 21, 2017 A fundraising concert for the ACLU will include the West-Coast premiere of Buhur for clarinet and string trio on a program that features the music of Golijov, Palestrina, Villa-Lobos & Shostakovitch . Details here.
June 23, 2017 Kinan Azmeh to give the European premiere of A Muffled Scream (for solo clarinet & electronics) at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Fellow composers and clarinetists Jörg Widmann and Kinan Azmeh invite audiences on a musical journey of discovery through three centuries, in a program that will include works from three continents by Mozart, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Elliot Carter, Steve Reich, Solhi al-Wadi, and Kareem Roustom, as well as Widmann and Azmeh. Details here.
July 12, 2017 Conductor Fawzi Haimor to give the Chicago premiere of Ramal for orchestra at the Grant Park Music Festival on a program that features Haydn’s London Symphony (No. 104) and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis. Details here.
July 12, 2017 Pianist Joanne Chang performs selections from Aleppo Songs for piano solo in Taiwan at Tzu Chi University.
July 25, 2017 Pianist Sally Pinkas, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh & the Apple Hill String Quartet to give the Apple Hill Center for Chamber music premiere of Traces for piano sextet. Details TBA.
September 24, 2017 In a concert and awards ceremony for the Nuremberg Human Rights Prize 2017, Marcus Bosch conducts the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg on a program that includes the German premiere of Ramal for orchestra & Dabke. Some details here.
October 3, 2017 European premiere of Aleppo Songs for orchestra by the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin area musicians at the Konzertsaal der Universität der Künste. Details here.
October 9, 2017 The ensemble Fear No Music will give the West-Coast premiere of Aleppo Songs for piano solo in Portland, OR. Details here.
November 5, 2017 The Rowan University (New Jersey) String Ensemble directed by Timothy Schwartz will present a concert titled “Remembering the Past – Anticipating the Future” This concert features “Dabke” by Kareem Roustom as well as music by Arturo Rodriguez and Jessie Montgomery. The String Ensemble will also perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (from String Quartet No. 8), which was written in 1960 and dedicated to “the victims of fascism and the war.” Details here.
November 15, 2017 Pianist Elisaveta Blumina to give a performance of “Oh People Leave Me To My Sorrows” at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Details here.
November 16, 2017 Belgian premiere of Ramal for orchestra at LUCA University for the arts in Leuven with Symfonieorkest under maestro Ivan Meylemans on a program that features music by Arthur Meulemans, Thomas Adès, Frans Schreker, and Paul Hindemith. Details here.
More 2017 concert dates coming soon.
January 27, 2018 Husband and wife duo BeatSong, Soprano Sonja Tengblad & percussionist Jonathan Hess, to give the world premiere of Xarja for soprano & percussion at Tufts University’s Distler Hall. Details TBA.
March 11, 2018 World Premiere of Rage Against the tyrant(s), a new work for mixed chorus and string orchestra commissioned by Coro Allegro. David Hodgkins, music director. Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA USA at 3 p.m. Details TBA.
April 5, 2018 U.K. premiere of The Son of Man, an oratorio based on text by Kahlil Gibran for choir and soloists with organ, trumpet, harp and percussion. John Lubbock conducts Members of Orchestra of St John’s & Chorus at St John’s Smith Square, London. Details here.
April 10, 2018 Pianist Sally Pinkas to give the New Hampshire premiere of Aleppo Songs at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. Details here.
May 3, 2018 Virtuoso mondolinist Avi Avital to perform ‘Hanjale’ at Berlin’s newest concert hall, the Pierre Boulez Saal. The concert will also feature works by Bach, Scarlatti Petrassi & others. Details here.
May 4, 2018 Mid-western premiere of Aleppo Songs for orchestra to be given the Dearborn Symphony. Details here.
January 16, 2016 BOHO Players chamber orchestra gives the Belgian premiere of Dabke for string orchestra on a program that paints a “portrait of a single immigrant mother who fights for a decent life for her and her child.” Works by Schubert, Mahler, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, to Piazzolla, as well as works by contemporary composers Zaid Jabri, Salim Dada, Kareem Roustom and Nabil Benabdeljalil. In partnership with Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen, a number of refugees will also relate their personal experiences. Details here.
March 15, 2016 at 8 p.m.: Tufts Composers Concert – Pianist Thomas Stumpf will perform a work by Shawn Jaeger with violinist Joanna Kurkowicz, “Oh people, leave me to my sorrows” Kareem Roustom, and Stumpf’s “Eurydice” for three sopranos. Distler Hall, Tufts University.
May 15, 2016 at 3 p.m.: Thomas Stumpf performs “Oh people, leave me to my sorrows” and other works at the historic Follen Church in Lexington, MA. Details here.
April 13, 2016. Avi Avital gives the Berlin premiere of Hanjale for solo Mandolin. Details here.
April 15, 2016. Avi Avital gives the French premiere of Hanjale for solo Mandolin in Paris at Auditorium du Louvre. Details here.
May 22, 2016 Dabke for string orchestra to be performed at the Unity in Music concert series at Dartington U.K. In aid of South Devon Refugee Support Network. Details here.
June 4, 2016 7:30 p.m. “Letters Home” (for violin and cello) on a program titled From Damascus to Kabul Celebrating artists in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate York, U.K. Details here.
June 6, 2016 Venice Beach performance (pre-concert premiere) of A Muffled Scream for clarinet and electronics at the Claremont Clarinet Festival. Christin Hablewitz, clarinet and Edward Park, electronics. Details here.
June 12 – 18, 2016 West-Coast premiere of A Muffled Scream for clarinet and electronics at the Claremont Clarinet Festival. Christin Hablewitz, clarinet and Edward Park, electronics. Details here.
August 17th World premiere of Armenian Dances by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Sayat Nova Dance Company. DCR Boston Hatch Shell. Details here.
September 2 European premiere of Dabke for string orchestra to be performed at the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück in Germany with members ofThe Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra & conducted by Naci Özgüc. Details about the concert here.
September 26 The Gateway Chamber Orchestra, under Gregory Wolynec, give the Tenessee premiere of Dabke for string orchestra. Details here.
September 26 Pianist Nare Karoyan performs my Oh people, leave me to my sorrows for solo piano at St. Augustin Church in Coburg, Germany. Details here.
October 7 Boston premiere of Traces for piano sextet with Kinan Azmeh, Sally Pinkas and the Apple Hill String Quartet. Details coming soon.
November 12 Mideast by the Midwest: The Toledo Symphony and the National Arab Orchestra, under Michael Ibrahim, will give the Ohio premiere of my Hewar for takht (traditional Arab chamber ensemble) and orchestra. Purchase tickets here.
November 17 Cellist Bryan Hayseltt to give the NY premiere of Hanjale for solo cello at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music on a program that features works by Debussy, Boccherini, Martino, & Sollima. Details here.
January 16, 2015 – The Antithesis Project performs Roustom’s ‘Letters Home’ for clarinet & viola at McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul MN.
February 2015 – Date & time T.B.A. Roustom to be guest lecturer at Curtis Institute of Music.
February 7, 2015 Philadelphia premiere of Traces for clarinet, piano and string quartet with Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, Sally Pinkas, piano and the Apple Hill String Quartet. Also on the program is Roustom’s A Muffled Scream for solo clarinet. Details here.
March 29, 2015 the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble to give world premiere of Dabke for wind ensemble at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Details here.
Roustom chosen as Artist in Residence at William & Mary 2014 – 2015 Season
Kareem has been awarded a residency at William & Mary College where he take part in concerts and give seminars and workshops during four visits to the W & M campus during the 2014 – 2015 season. Dates T.B.A. and details about the residency here.
April – May. Pianist Nare Karoyan will premiere Roustom’s Oh people, leave me to my sorrows for solo piano in Yerevan, Armenia on April 29th (World premiere), Potsdam, Germany on May 10th and Berlin on May 31st. Details here.
May 2015. The William & Mary Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Paul Bhasin, will tour China and will feature Roustom’s Dabke for wind ensemble on their concert programs. Details about the tour are here.
May 17th, 2015. Queens New Music Festival. ISSA Sonus Ensemble perform new works, mostly duets for flute with viola or cello, that bridge music traditions with underlying hues of Eastern and Middle Eastern soundscapes. Roustom’s Letters Home (in a version for flute and viola) will be on the program. Details here.
July 31st, 2015 Virtuoso mandolinist Avi Avital will give the Swiss premiere of Roustom’s Hanjale for solo mandolin at the Verbier Music Festival. Details here.
August 2nd, 5th & 6th, 2015 the West-Eastern Divan Brass, Buenos Aires. The West-Eastern Divan Brass will give the world premiere of a new work titled ‘Tesserae’ for brass quintet. Details of the performances are here.
August 25th, 2015 Apple Hill Center for chamber music. Featuring the Dirt Road Ensemble, Leonard Matczynski, conductor; and to celebrate the life of civil rights activist Jonathan Daniels, we will end the summer with gospel music. The program will feature the New Hampshire premiere of Roustom’s A Voice Exclaiming for triple string quartet. Details here.
September 19, 2015 – World Premiere of Dialogue for Takht and Orchestra. The Michigan Philharmonic and the National Arab Orchestra.
Thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Roustom has been commissioned by the Michigan Philharmonic and the National Arab Orchestra Roustom to compose a new work for Takht (the traditional small instrumental ensemble in Arabic music consisting of Nay, or bamboo flute, Kanun, a plucked zither, Oud, violin and hand percussion) and orchestra. The work is designed as a series of variations on a theme and each variation will feature one of the takht instrumentalists in dialogue with the orchestra. Premiere date T.B.A. but is scheduled for September 2015.
November 8th, 2015 Pianist Nare Karoyan performs “Oh people, leave me to my sorrows.” Cologne, Germany. Details here.
November 28th, 2015 Pianist Nare Karoyan performs “Oh people, leave me to my sorrows” at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Cologne, Germany. Details here.
December, 5th 2015 – World premiere Embroidered Verses. The Crossing Choir with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble and Dalal Abu Amneh
Saturday December 5, 2015, 8 pm @ Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College
Al-Bustan’s project “Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music,” presents The Crossing in world premieres by Arab-American composers Kareem Roustom and Kinan Abou-afach, who take inspiration from Andalusian poetry (muwashshahat) – in collaboration with Al-Bustan’s renowned Takht Ensemble and Dalal Abu Amneh, one of Palestine’s most popular singers, who mixes Tarab (classical Arabic singing) and Arabic folk music, focusing on different Maqamat (the system of melodic modes used in Arabic music). The concert will also feature four popular muwashshahat from the Levant and North Africa (by composers Rahbani Brothers from Lebanon and Taher Guizani from Tunisia). It is a rare opportunity to hear the ensemble sing in Arabic and collaborate with new friends from around the world. Part of Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series.
Join us and Al-Bustan’s Takht Ensemble for an open rehearsal on November 24th @ 6:30 PM at Trinity Center for Urban Life. Details here.
December 5th Cantilena Women’s Chorale to perform ‘Hot tea, Min & Olives’ Arlington, MA 7:30 p.m. Details here.
June 1st 2014 Dartington Hall, Devon U.K. A benefit concert for Shelter Box Syrian Refugee campaign under the direction of Oliver Butterworth the programme will include works by Britten, Elgar, the late Syrian composer Dia Succari, Scriabin and the U.K. premiere of Roustom’s Dabke for string orchestra. The very talented pianist Riyad Nicolas is also on the programme. Details here.
July 12th – World Premiere of Hanjale for solo mandolin. Avi Avital at the Braunschweig Music Festival, Warberg Germany. Details here.
August 3rd (2 concerts) Hanjale for solo mandolin on the program of a solo mandolin recital by Avi Avital at the Choriner Musiksommer, Germany Details here.
August 13th Hanjale for solo mandolin on the program of a solo mandolin recital by Avi Avital at the Rheingau Musik Festival, Germany. Details here.
August 11th & 13th 2014 – Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. World premiere of Ramal, a new work for orchestra commissioned by the Daniel Barenboim foundation for the Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Details here.
August 17th 2014 – Lucerne Festival, Switzerland. Maestro Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra to give the Swiss premiere of Ramal at the Lucerne Festival. Details here.
August 20th, 2014 – BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Maestro Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra to give the U.K. premiere of Ramal at the BBC Proms. Details here.
August 22nd, 2014 – Salzburg Festival, Austria. Maestro Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra to give the Austrian premiere of Ramal at the Lucerne Festival. Details here.
November 12, 2014 The Antithesis Project to give Mid-west premiere of Letters Home for clarinet and viola. 7:30pm, Annett Recital Hall, La Crosse WI. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse New Music Festival. Details here.
November 16, 2014 – The Antithesis Project performs ‘Letters Home’ at Honey, Minneapolis MN.
1) 11/18 Tokyo (Sonorium salon)
2) 11/19 Tokyo (Suginami Koukaido Hall)
3) 11/23 Sendai (Kawai Music Salon)
December 12, 2014 – The Antithesis Project performs ‘Letters Home’ at Mound Westonka High School Auditorium, Minnetrista MN.
Friday, September 27th, 5-7 pm – Providence Athenaeum, Providence RI. Composer Kareem Roustom; Community MusicWorks (CMW) Artistic Director Sebastian Ruth; and FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher, on “A Voice Exclaiming,” Roustom’s composition for an intergenerational cast of musicians, commissioned by CMW and FirstWorks for world premiere this fall by the Kronos Quartet, the Community MusicWorks Players, and CMW students, part of the FirstWorks 2013-14 season. Details here.
Saturday, September 28th – Evening preview performance of ‘A Voice Exclaiming‘ by Community Music Works Chamber Players. Details of the event are here.
Friday, November 1 – Boston Conservatory 8:00 p.m. Free.
An evening of music for eight celli performed by Conservatory students, alums and guests. Featuring works by Saariaho and Bach performed by Rhonda Rider (faculty), Javier Caballero (G.P.D. ’13), Bryan Hayslett (G.P.D. ’13), Jill Chronister (M.M. ’15), Lucian Nicolescu (M.M. ’14) and guest artists David Russell and Sara Wilkins.
Cellist Bryan Hayslett will perform my ‘Hanjale’ for solo cello. Northeast Premiere. Details here.
Monday, November 4 8:00pm – Tufts Composers: In Threes
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center
Tufts composers works for clarinet, violin, and piano are performed by the Zodiac Trio alongside “Trio 2009” by guest composer Yehudi Wyner, with guest artists Ray Jackendoff, clarinet, and Bryan Hayslett, cello. Also on the program is the USA premiere of Kareem Roustom’s ‘Letters Home’ for clarinet and cello and the Northeast premiere of Roustom’s ‘Hanjale’ for solo cello. Directions are here.
Friday, November 8th – World Premiere of ‘A Voice Exclaiming’ for triple string quartet with Community Music Works and The Kronos Quartet. RISD Auditorium Providence, RI. Details of the program are here and tickets are available here.
Wednesday November 13th 7 p.m. World Premiere of Traces for clarinet, piano and string quartet. With Sally Pinkas – piano, Kinan Azmeh – Clarinet and the Apple Hill String Quartet. Dartmouth College, Hanover NH Details here.
January 22nd, 2014 4:00 p.m. – New England Conservatory Intercultural InstituteEmmy-nominated composer Kareem Roustom presents examples of his recent film and concert music in a discussion of musical representations of the Middle East. Pierce Hall, 4:00 p.m. . Details here.
February 9th, 2014 – Tufts University, Medford MA. The outstanding performance faculty of the Tufts music department joins select student musicians in a concert of wide-ranging repertoire of instrumental and vocal chamber music, works for chamber orchestra, world music, and jazz. Composers to be featured include Copland, Shostakovich, Poulenc, Roustom, and more. Details here.
February 15th, 2014 – Western USA premiere of Traces at Arizona State University Tempe, AZ. With Sally Pinkas – piano, Kinan Azmeh – Clarinet and the Apple Hill String Quartet. Details here.
April 2nd, 2014 – Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. Residency and concert of chamber works with guest musicians Kinan Azmeh – clarinet, Hanna Khoury – violin and viola, Kinan Abou Afach – Cello, Valdimir Dyo- Violin. The residency will feature a program for young audiences, workshops for university students and an evening concert featuring our guest musicians and the Rowan University Women’s Chorus performing Roustom’s “Hot Tea, Mint and Olives” with text by poet Ibtisam Barkaat. Details coming soon!
October 13, 2012 – London. U.K. Howard Williams will lead the Choir of the 21st Century in a concert to benefit the British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal. The program will feature Bach, Handel and the U.K. premiere of an excerpt from The Son of Man Oratorio. Details here.
October 26 – 27, 2012 – Lehigh University Choral Arts: The Jewel at the Center of the World- Allentown, PA October 22nd to 28th. Residency and two concerts.
Lehigh Choral Arts explores the unique confluence of Arabic, Christian and Jewish cultures in 9th through15th-century Andalusia. Guest artists include the Arabic takht ensemble Al-Bustan and composer-in-residence Emmy-nominated Kareem Roustom. Steven Sametz, director. Details here.
January 18th & 25th 2013 – Apple Hill String quartet concerts featuring Greig, Stravinsky, Schütz and Bernard Herrman’s “North by Northwest Overature” arranged by Kareem Roustom. Details here.
January 19th 2013 – World premiere of “Hanjale” for solo cello by cellist Jason Calloway. January 19, 2013 at 8PM. Harold Golen Gallery. 2294 NW 2nd Ave, Wynwood Art District, Miami FL, 33127. Details here.
Saturday January 12 @ 3:30 p.m. New York Public Library For the Performing Arts: Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Avoiding exotic and orientalist clichés, this thoughtful program of contemporary classical music from the Arab world and beyond brings together a collection of passionate, eloquent, and bold works reflecting the past yet speaking in the idioms of the present. Composers represented in this performance include Karim Al-Zand, Kinan Azmeh, Halim El-Dabh, Bushra El-Turk, Mohammed Fairouz, Zaid Jabri, and Kareem Roustom, and features soprano Christine Moore and the new music ensemble Lunatics at Large. Details here.
March 3, 2013 – Lehigh University – Allentown, PA
May 5, 11, 12 & 14 2013 The Son of Man – West Coast Premiere
San Francisco and Santa Clara – “The Son of Man” – The Peninsula Women’s Chours in collaboration with the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus West Coast Premiere by Kareem Roustom.
In our third collaboration, one hundred voices will join in the West Coast premiere of “The Son of Man” by Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom. We present excerpts from this Middle-Eastern-infused, modern-day oratorio set to the poetry of Kahlil Gibran, consisting of reflections on the ministry of Christ. Rounding out the program are reflections on the power of women with Libby Larsen’s “I Just Lightning.” PWC will also present a brand new commission from Frank Ferko, “Alma Submerged,” in this program with something for everyone! Details here.
More concerts coming soon!