Amr Okba
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Okba Amr

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 F.B.I, Face Book Information 2016
2 Rhadopis - for Grand Orchestra 2015
3 Lonely, I am lonely - arabic singer, oud and Western ensemble 2015
4 Rhadopis - a novel for a large ensemble 2014
5 Faith 2014
6 Utopia 2012
7 Utopia for solo Clarinet 2012
8 Utopia for solo Harp 2012
9 Etappe - for Grand Orchestra 2012
10 Etappe 2011
11 String quartet 2010
12 Integration 2010
13 Solo for Piano 2010
14 For the sake of Allah, I deserve nothing less than Glory 2009
15 Charon-Pluto - 76 Solo Instruments 2009 10m 39s
16 Adid 2009
17 Message 2008
18 Steps 2008
19 Unpacking 2008
20 Isis and Maria 2007
21 Oper (The book of going forth by day) 2006 43m 39s
22 The Book of Going Forth by Day - 1 act concert opera 2006
23 Atmosphere 2005
24 Instability 2003
25 Solo for Harp 2003
26 Wassertropfen 2003
27 Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra 2001
28 Suite for Piano 2000

General Information

Year of Birth:  1972
Date of Birth:  4. May 1972
Place of Birth:  Cairo
Country of Birth: 
Nationality: 

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1993

Helwan University: Economics and Business, Bachelor

1998

Cairo Conservatoire: Composition (Ahmed El-Saedi), Bachelor with distinction

2003

composition, Bachelor

2007

music theory, Bachelor

2009

composition, Master with distinction

electronic music

electronic music

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1998 - 1999

Cairo Symphony Orchestra: Head of the Orchestra Library

2000 - 2002

Cairo Conservatoire: lecturer

2005 - 2006

Musik der Jahrhunderte: Mentor at the cross-cultural workshops (Global Interplay) of the ISCM

Egyptian Academy: Commitment to the cultural exchange between Egypt and Italy

performances of his works by orchestras and ensembles including the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Lucas Vis), the Symphony Orchestra of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Director: Dennis Russell Davies), the Cairo Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Felix Carasco), the OENM (Director: John Kalitzke), London Sinfonietta (Conducted by Diego Masson - Queen Elizabeth Hall) and the Ensemble Wiener Collage

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1999

American Academy Rome: Rome Prize for Composition

2002

scholarship

2008

state scholarship for composition

2008

Third prize at the Salzburg Biennale

2009

annual scholarship for music

2010

University of Surrey (UK): First prize in composition

2016

work scholarship

2017

work scholarship

Description of Style

Over the past 10 years, during which Okba initially has moved to Italy, and then to Austria - but especially during the last four years - he has decided to put his artistic focus in regard to the composition of contemporary music on the merging and fusion of Western music with elements of Egyptian Folk Music.

 

In this context, he experimented with different methodological approaches:

  1. Compositions which get performed by Western musicians as well as by Egyptian folk-musician 
  2. Introduction to various aspects of Egyptian culture (traditions, art, literature)
  3. Sharing his experiences as a composer with young composers

 

Contact, Links

Language:  German, English
Website:  Homepage Amr Okba