Rihab Azar

Rihab Azar is a Syrian oud player and a graduate of the High Institute for Music in Damascus, who now lives in London. She has a postgraduate degree in musical education from the Institute of Education at University College London. She was the first Syrian oud soloist to play alongside the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music in 2014. She finds influence in classical, chaabi and contemporary Arab and Middle Eastern music, in addition to contemporary European chamber music which includes non-Western instruments as a point of entry and engagement. Through the music she composes, she seeks to discover different horizons for the oud, sometimes with a delicate, ethereal character, in addition to a joy which longs for creative freedom and rebellion through simplicity. She has recorded music for projects such as visual arts, radio theater, TV and cinema.