Issa Boulos

Head of Arab Music

Issa Boulos is an international award-winning Palestinian-American composer, lyricist and songwriter. His works have been performed by various groups and orchestras around the world and are rapidly developing a loyal following.

Born in Jerusalem in 1968, Boulos studied piano, ‘ud and voice at an early age and later pursued music composition in the U.S. where he studied with Gustavo Leone, Robert Lombardo, Athanasios Zervas and Ilya Levinson. Throughout his career, Boulos injected new life into his music, incorporating traditional instruments in innovative ways. He composed music for full orchestra, chamber, mixed ensembles and traditional ensemble (takht), and wrote hundreds of songs including several hits. Among his commissions are four pieces for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, composition/performance for the Silk Road Ensemble, original scores for award-winning documentaries, plays, feature films and musicals.

Issa’s mission is to enrich the quality of music education and strengthen the cultural and social understanding and support by audiences. Through these efforts, he has gained recognition in the United States, the Arab world, Europe and beyond. He acted as lecturer at the University of Chicago where he directed the Middle East Music Ensemble for almost a decade. He is currently the Head of Music at the Qatar Music Academy.

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