Syrian composer Zaid Jabri made his Royal Opera debut in 2015, with a performance of excerpts from his opera Cities of Salt in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Jabri was born in Damascus and studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków with Zbigniew Bujarski and Krzysztof Penderecki, and obtained his doctorate in 2014. He won first prize in the 1997 Adam Didur Composers’ Competition in Sanok, Poland, with his Two Songs for Soprano and String Orchestra, and second prize at the 2012 ‘2 Agosto’ Competition in Bologna with Les Temps des pierres for baritone and symphony orchestra. His other awards include the George Evans memorial fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Tactus Young Composers Forum residency in Brussels and a fellowship with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre.
Jabri’s works have been commissioned and performed internationally by such ensembles as Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica, the English Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Zerafin, the Orchestra of the Teatro Communale, Bologne, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten, Stuttgart, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra. He is an instructor at the Kraków Academy of Music.
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