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Samy Moussa

Samy Moussa is a conductor and composer born in Montreal on June 1, 1984. He has collaborated regularly with a number of orchestras and ensembles, among them the Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart, Germany, Finland’s Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra in Vancouver, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre national de Lorraine in France, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Samy Moussa studied composition and conducting at the faculty of music of the Université de Montréal, where his principal teacher was José Evangelista. In 2004 he studied conducting in the Czech Republic with Paolo Bellomia. Two years later he was invited to study in Finland with Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho as part of the international Summer Sounds Festival, where his music was programmed and discussed. He took part in several master classes with Peter Eötvös and Oliver Knussen among others.

After finishing his studies in Montreal, Samy Moussa settled in Germany, where he still lives. He has studied composition there with Matthias Pintscher at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. In 2008, the Acanthes centre in Metz, France, invited him to study with Salvatore Sciarrino, and shortly afterward the Voix Nouvelles composition course at the Fondation Royaumont, near Paris, invited him to study with Brian Ferneyhough.

His 2008-09 season has included the premiere of Polarlicht (2008) by the CBC Radio Orchestra in Vancouver under the direction of Alain Trudel; the premiere of Fragment sur l’Orestie, scène for 2 sopranos and instruments (2008) in Paris; a portrait concert dedicated entirely to him by the Munich Biennale in the series Klangspuren, where he conducted the premiere of a commission from the city of Munich called Rondeau pour ensemble (2009); the premiere of Rondeau II (2009) for string trio, a commission from the Siemens Art Program; and Cyclus pour orchestre (2007) on tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

During his 2009-10 season Samy Moussa will conduct among other works the premiere of his new opera at the Munich Biennale and see the first performance of his new concerto for accordion and orchestra. The season also includes several concerts with orchestras in Canada and Europe as composer and/or conductor.


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