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May 8th 2019 Southbank Purcell Room

The European première of Kareem Roustom’s new String Quartet ‘Shades of Night’ (2018), performed by the Chilingirian String Quartet. The programme will also include Thea Musgrave’s String Quartet (1958) and Tchaikovsky String Quartet No 1, Op 11.

Syrian-American Kareem Roustom is an Emmy-nominated composer whose genre crossing collaborations include music commissioned for the Kronos Quartet, conductor Daniel Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, the Dallas Symphony, & the Grand Teton Music Festival, where in 2018 Roustom was composer-in-residence. BBC Radio 3 described Roustom’s music as “among the most distinctive to have emerged from the Middle East”, and The New York Times described it as “propulsive, colourful and immediately appealing.” The Guardian wrote that Roustom’s music is “arrestingly quirky and postmodern…music with lots of personality.”

Further events in preparation:

Orchestral tour to Morocco (Nabil Benabdeljalil, Dina Bensaïd)

Chamber music by Gamal Abdel-Rahim (Basma Abdel Rahim, Kaamel Salah-Eldin)

Iranian String Quartets (to include Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, Hormoz Farhat, Fuzieh Majd)

Jordanian orchestral music by Youssef Khasho and Mohammed Sidiq

Palestinian piano music (to include Salvador Arnita, Amin Nasser, Mounir Anastas, Patrick Lama, Wisam Gibran)

Turkish String Quartets (to include Hasan Uçarsu, Özkan Manav, Füsun Köksal)

Violin & piano music (to include Boghos Gelalian, Zaid Jabri, Ahmed Essyad, Ahmed Madkour)