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Straddling Eastern and Western idioms, Mohammed Fairouz, one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation, has emerged as a force on the musical scene. His music has been received at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and internationally throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. He has received commissions from Musicians for Harmony, Northeastern University, the Imani Winds (Legacy Commission), the Cygnus Ensemble, Counter)induction, Alea III (Boston University), Alwan for the Arts and the Second Instrumental Unit among others. His music has been championed by some of today's foremost performers including the Borromeo and Lydian String Quartets, the Imani Wind Quintet, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the violinist James Buswell as well as the conductors Gunther Schuller, Joshua Jacobson, David Hoose, John Page and Yoon Jae Lee. Among the eminent singers that have promoted his wealth of vocal music are Kate Lindsey, D'Anna Fortunato, Lynn Torgove and Randall Scarlata.

Fairouz's song cycle Bonsai Journal is recorded on the Ibis Camerata's CD "Boston Diary" Albany Records. His song cycles and art songs have been performed extensively across the United States. Fairouz is currently working with Musicians for Harmony to fulfill a commission for a large chamber work promoting dialogue between Arabic and Jewish musical traditions and cultural trends. A similar project, conceptualized by Joshua Jacobson and the Zamir Chorale of Boston, involves the commission of choral Symphony No. 3, setting the poetry of modern Arab poets such as Mahmoud Darwish and Fadwa Tuqan with Yehuda Amichai and other Israeli counterparts. Drawing as well from the sacred and secular texts of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic Middle East, the work weaves together a narrative drama that seeks to illuminate the counterpoint between the poetics, musics, languages and peoples in the region. The awards and honors that Fairouz has received for his work include the prestigious Tourjee Alumni Award from the New England Conservatory which he received in 2008. He is also the recipient of the Malcolm Morse Memorial Award, the NEC Honors award and awards from the Merit Funds of the New England and Boston Conservatories. In 2008 he was honored with a national citation from the Embassy of the U.A.E in Washington D.C. for outstanding achievement in artistry and scholarship.

As an educator, Fairouz has been invited to lecture across the country at institutions such as Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, University of Western Michigan and Boston Conservatory's Liberal Arts Department speaking on topics that range from post-colonial critical theory to Mahler's Sixth Symphony to Al-Kindi and the Arab golden's contribution to European music of the renaissance. Fairouz's teachers in composition have included John Heiss, Malcolm Peyton, Gunther Schuller and Halim El-Dabh. Fairouz's teachers in composition included Malcolm Peyton, John Heiss, Gunther Schuller, Yehudi Wyner and Halim El-Dabh. Recordings of his music are available on the Albany and GM labels. Currently living in New York City, Fairouz is on the faculty of Northeastern University and is visiting lecturer at Columbia University. Premieres in the 2010-11 season include Sanctuary! for Lunatics at Large in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Symphony No. 3, performed by the Zamir Chorale and Orchestra in Harvard University's Sanders Theatre.

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