She is a Committee member of The Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. She is also a professor at the Lebanese University and is the Academic & Music Coordinator at the Teachers’ Training College for Music in Beirut and a member of the High National Committee of Music at UNESCO, and a member of the National Committee of UNESCO for the Sciences, Education and Culture. Also she is a member of the Intellectual Property-International Chamber of Commerce. Ms Al Kawas has recorded 21 works of her own composition with the Dnepropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra-Ukraine under the direction of Viascheslav Blenov. And 10 works with The Academy of Krakow Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Wojciech Czepiel.
She has also recorded 13 works with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the National Choir of Kiev conducted by Vladimir Sirenko. Since her first concert at the age of six, Hiba has thrilled audiences in Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Cairo, Tunis, London, Paris, Italy, Germany, Poland and Amsterdam with many, many concert performances. In the year 2000 she was chosen to participate as a composer by the Krakow Contemporary Composition Festival where the Krakow chamber Orchestra played her composition, Aspiration No.1 conducted by Wojceich Czepiel. Recently Ms Al Kawas was invited for the second time by the Polish composer’s association and Krakow Contemporary Composition Festival, where her latest composition “Moments in Krakow” was played as a “world premiere” by the Symphony Orchestra of Krakow Academy of Music conducted by Wojceich Czepiel. Hiba Al Kawas has composed an Orchestral work, ”Baina Nahrain” upon the request of Al Jazeera TV on July 2004. She performed at the opening ceremony of Tyr festival/Lebanon and Al-Medina Festival in Tunis. Ms Al Kawas gave several lectures at the University of Amsterdam, as well as she was commissioned to compose a piece which has been played by New Ensemble at Gaudeamus music week whereas she has been selected among the top world composers. Ms Al Kawas’ composition experience is combining the Oriental-Arabic music components with international composition techniques, bridging between Oriental-Arabic music, classical and neo classical form with contemporary music. Hiba Al Kawas has established a career in Lebanon and the Arab world in bringing into existence the Arabic Opera. Her Practical work led her to the Arabic Operatic song, rather (Aria in Arabic), she accomplished the new Vocal procedure where she was able to find the proper position of the voice to hold the Arabic letter preserving the Arabic pronunciation and Arabic singing tradition.
Using Operatic vocal techniques in an adapted way can allow the singer to use his/her voice as a supreme musical instrument. On November 30, 2006, Hiba Al Kawas has performed along with Jose Carreras in Dubai at the 2nd anniversary of the Dubai International financial Centre –DIFC- accompanied by the London Sinfonia Orchestra. Hiba has in addition to performing songs of her own musical composition, performed a duet with Jose Carreras “All I ask of You” taken from the Phantom of the Opera. Al Kawas musical composition “Pleusis 1” has been played by the London Sinfonia as well. On Jan. 22nd Hiba Al Kawas has received the Decoration of HRH Sultan Qabous, The Golden Sultan Qabous Order for Culture, Science and Art.
Creating the Arabic Opera remains Hiba Al Kawas’s main dream. Hiba Al Kawas (born 17 July 1972, Saïda, Lebanon) is a Lebanese operatic soprano, composer and academic. Contents 1 Biography and career 1.1 Composer 1.2 Concert artist 1.3 Academic 2 Awards 3 Compositions 3.1 Instrumental 3.2 Vocal 4 Notes and references 5 External links Biography and career Hiba Al Kawas graduated from the Lebanese University with a degree in experimental sciences and a Bachelor's Degree in clinical psychology. She followed this with a Master's Degree in opera singing with high distinction from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory and a Master's Degree in composition and studies in musicology. She completed final studies for a Diploma in piano.
Al Kawas was awarded a special scholarship from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy where she pursued advanced studies in opera singing with Carlo Bergonzi and composition with Franco Donatoni. Composer Hiba Al Kawas has composed for symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, string orchestra, various ensembles, piano, and voice. In her compositions traditional Arabic instruments are included in the orchestra. Her compositions combine Oriental-Arabic music components with international composition techniques, forming a bridge between Oriental-Arabic music, classical and neo classical forms, and contemporary music. Hiba Al Kawas has recorded 21 works of her own composition with the Dnepropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra-Ukraine under the direction of Viascheslav Blenov, and 10 works with the Kraków Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Wojciech Czepiel. She has recorded 13 works with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the National Choir of Kiev conducted by Vladimir Sirenko.
In 2000 participated as a composer in the Krakow Contemporary Composition Festival, where the Krakow chamber Orchestra played her Aspiration No.1 conducted by Wojceich Czepiel. At her second appearance ath the festival, her composition Moments in Krakow was given its world premiere by the Krakow Academy of Music conducted Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wojceich Czepiel. Her orchestral work, Pleusis 1, which was premiered in 2000 by the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harout Fazlian and by Wojciech Czepiel, has been played by the City of London Sinfonia, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Krakow Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi State Theatre Symphony Orchestra. On 14 October 2007, her composition Rou'ia Fi Maa received its première at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. The work comprises five instrumental and three song pieces based on Arabic poems by Nada El Hage. It was commissioned by the Festival d'Automne for contemporary music and performed by the Neuwe Ensemble of Amsterdam with Al Kawas singing the soprano solos.
In November 2007 a short musical film Noor - Lady Light was produced using Hiba Al Kawas' song Asra Biqalbi which is based on a poem by Abdel Aziz Khoja. Asra Biqalbi and several other works by Al Kawas received their world première at the Abu Dhabi Music Festival, in the closing concert on 2 April 2008. Concert artist Since her first concert at the age of six, Hiba Al Kawas has performed in many concerts in Lebanon, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Cairo, Tunis, Bahrain, London, Paris, Italy, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Portugal, and Amsterdam. She has established a career in Lebanon and the Arab world, bringing into existence Arabic opera. She developed and adapted operatic vocal techniques to find the proper voice placement to preserve the Arabic pronunciation and singing tradition. She frequently performs her own vocal compositions in concerts. She performed at the opening ceremony of Tyre festival in Lebanon and the Al-Medina Festival in Tunis.
On 30 November 2006, Hiba Al Kawas performed along with José Carreras in Dubai at the second anniversary of the Dubai International Financial Centre, accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by David Giménez Carreras and Brad Cohen. She performed songs of her own composition and sang a duet with Carreras, "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera. On 19 February 2007 Al Kawas sang several of her compositions in the presence of President Jacques Chirac at the IMA in Paris. She dedicated her song O Liban soit sauvé! (composed to the poetry of Nada El Hage) to President Chirac and the memory of Rafic Hariri.
On 2 April 2008, Al Kawas closed the 5th Abu Dhabi Music and Art Festival, accompanied by Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra. Several of her compositions inspired by Andalusian music were premiered at the Festival with Jose Maria Gallardo Del Rey on guitar.  On 21 April 2008, she presented a music, poetry, and meditation evening, "The Sound of a Peaceful Heart", with Dadi Janki, the head of Brahma Komaris University, and the poets Hoda Naamani and Nada El Hage. On 19 June 2008 she performed her songs in London with Neuwe Ensemble from Amsterdam at the Cadogan Hall. Academic Al Kawas is currently a member of the board at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory and a professor of Opera Chant and Composition.
She is a professor at the Lebanese University and is the Academic and Music Coordinator at the Teachers' Training College for Music in Beirut. She is a committee member of The Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the High National Committee of Music at UNESCO. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, she gave several lectures at the University of Amsterdam and was commissioned by the University to compose Sada Al Akwan, which was played by the Neuwe Ensemble during Gaudeamus Music Week.
She is the co-author of Methods for Elementary and Intermediate Music Stages in Lebanon (1997/1998) and the author of Methods for Teacher Training in Lebanese Music Schools (2000). Awards On 22 January 2007 Hiba Al Kawas received the decoration from HRH Sultān Qaboos bin Said al Said, The Golden Order of Sultan Qaboos for Culture, Science and Art. In July 2003, a postage stamp with her name and picture was published in Lebanon. Received the Lebanon Creativity Award (2003). Received the Seal Of Beirut (2001). Presented with the Seal of the American University of Beirut Allumnii (1998). Received the Seal of the Lebanese American University Allumnii of Abu Dhabi (1993). Compositions Instrumental For symphony orchestra Ilaik (Overture), (1995) Pleusis No.1 in 3 movements, (2000) - Dedicated to Mrs. Nazik Hariri, in recognition of her support and patronage and played for the first time by the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harout Fazlian. Moments In Krakow (Overture), (2002) Baina Nahrain, (2004) - Commissioned by Al Jazeera television. In the Path of Light, (2008) For string orchestra Aspiration No.1, (1999) For the Neuwe Ensemble Sada Al Akwan, (2005) Rou'ia Fi Maa', (2007) Octets Wajd, (1994) Trios Those days, (1995) Duets for oud and piano Itab, (1997) For piano Love Hurts, (1990) Faragh, (1991) Rhapsody For Piano, (2005) Vocal Arabic arias for soprano, choir and symphony orchestra Ma Asani Aqoulu, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1995) Unshoudat Al Matar, poetry by Badr Shaker Assaiiab, (1995) Ode to Peace, poetry by Houda Naamani, (2000) To Saida, poetry by Hamza Abboud, (2000) Qalbi Yuhaddithuni, poetry by Ibn El Farid, (2003) Salam El Hurriya, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2005) - Dedicated to the memory of the late Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafic El Hariri. This composition was also produced as a musical film by Milad Tawq. Ya Ayyuha El Ati Mina Zzaman, poetry by Henry Zgheib, (2005) Liajli Lubnan, poetry by Houda Naamani, (2005) O Liban Soit Sauvé, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2007) Arabic arias for soprano and symphony orchestra Arousa Asharq, poetry by Souheil Al Kawas, (1989) Tashkou Thalam Allail, poetry by Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Souweidi, (1994) Laallaka Tushiluha Thata Yawm, poetry by Ounsi El Hage, (1994) Liajlika, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1995) Being you being me, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1995) Hatta Law Inhalat Eshshams, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1995) Intu Nsitouna, poetry bu Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Souweidi, (1996) Tabqa Li, poetry by Ounsi El hage, (1997) Dummani, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1998) Aiqithni Thaniatan, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1998) Wa Tuhibbuni, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1999) Lakaannaka, poetry by Houda Naamani, (1999) Yaduka, poetry by Houda Naamani, (2000) Arda, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2001) La Arifu Baitan Siwah, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2001) Lianni Ahya, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2002) Araftu Beirut, poetry by Hussa, (2002) Biekfi Twaddeni, poetry by Ragheda Mahfouz, (2003) Ashamamta Itri, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2005) Fi Biladi, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2006) Intel Hawa, poetry by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, (2006) Asra Biqalbi, poetry by Abdel Aziz Khoja, (2007) Habibi, poetry by Abdel Aziz Khoja, (2008) Njom Eddini Binaik, poetry by Nada El Hage, (2008) Sawti ya Ssamma, poetry by Zahi Wehbi, (2008) Arabic arias for soprano and orchestra Zaman Ghaddar, poetry by Hiba Al Kawas, (1982) Ours Saida, poetry by Hiba AL Kawas, (1984) Ana Man Youhibba Al Anjouma, poetry by Omar Abu Risha, (1985) Min La Makan, poetry by Abdel Wahab El Baiati, (1986) Min El Qalb Bisrakh Sawt, poetry by Ragheda Mahfouz, (1988) Ilna Haq Bdaw Eshshams, poetry by Ragheda Mahfouz, (1988) Blahfit Whanin Ettair, poetry by Ragheda Mahfouz, (1988) Oughannika Habibi, poetry by Ounsi El Hage, (1992) Awwal Essafar, poetry by Adonis, (1992) Sarraq El Omr, poetry by Talal Haidar, (1992) Abda'u min Raqmin Yamshi, poetry by Hamza Abboud, (1992) Ya Naseema El Reeh, poetry by Al Hallaj, (2005) Arabic arias for soprano and piano Lashou Jina, poetry by Ragheda Mahfouz, (1988) Boukra Btikbari, poetry by Raghed Mahfouz, (1988) Limatha Nuhawilu Hatha Assafar, poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, (1992) Min Ghiabika La Yahda'u Ellail, poetry by Hamza Abboud, (1996 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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