Samy Moussa
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Samy Moussa


Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1984 and now based in Berlin, composer-conductor Samy Moussa is one of the world’s leading composers. Moussa’s work has been performed by many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Amsterdam-based Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has featured as Artist in Residence at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and works closely with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Highlights of the 2023/24 season include the world premieres of Antigone and Adgilis Deda, a hymn for orchestra by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck. Moussa’s compositions are popular with internationally renowned conductors such as Hannu Lintu, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Kevin John Edusei, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Gimeno and Fabien Gabel.

  • In March 2024, Antigone will have its world premiere in Oedipus Rex / Antigone.
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Samy Moussa, Artist-in-Residence with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, has conducted multiple orchestras, such as the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Haydn's Nelson Mass for the opening of the Opernfestspiele, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Halle and the Züricher Kamerorchester. In January 2020, he made his debut with the NDR Radiophilharmonie. He appears as conductor on Deutsche Grammophon and BMG releases.

His music for orchestra has been championed by renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Hannu Lintu, Stéphane Denève and Kent Nagano and has been performed by orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Brussels Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is currently composing a work for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Christian Thielemann.

Samy Moussa has been awarded with various prizes, among others the Composer’s Prize from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (2013), Conseil québécois de la musique, Opus Prize (2015), the Hindemith Prize (2017) and a year fellowship at Villa Massimo, the German Academy in Rome (2018-2019).

Samy Moussa made his debut at Dutch National Opera & Ballet as the composer of Antigone (2021), commissioned by Dutch National Opera, Dutch National Ballet en Den Norkse Opera & Ballett (Oslo).