The award-winning young composer Bushra El-Turk's music of '...ironic...', '...arresting...' and 'limitless imagination' forebears the influence of her Lebanese roots and straddles Eastern and Western idioms which seek to question Eastern cultural principles in contemporary Western contexts, all the while leaning towards the absurd and the theatrical.
Bushra studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Philips, where she gained a Master's in Composition with Distinction. A recipient of several awards, Bushra has recently won an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award to do a PhD in Musical Composition, exploring the integration of Middle Eastern and Western Art music in theatre-based contexts at the University of Birmingham in the UK.
She has written various works for the concert hall, dance, theatre and multi-media, both performed and broadcast on radio and television in the UK, Europe, the Middle-East, the Americas and Australia. These include pieces being performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park, Manchester Camerata, the multi-ethnic Atlas Ensemble (Holland), Ensemble Zerafin (Holland), Orkest de ereprijs (Holland), OrchestUtopica (Portugal), Orchestre National de Lorraine (France), Ensemble Nox (Argentina), Lunatics at Large (USA) and the renowned flautist Wissam Boustany.
Her string quartet, Eating Clouds, was among the five selected pieces in the Aberdeen International Music Prize and was performed by members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in April 2007.
She co-founded the Chelsea Music Academy, a centre for music education, inter-cultural events and research specialising in Middle-Eastern and Western idioms, which was launched at the start of 2010.
Bushra is pleased to have been selected to write for the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the LSO Panufnik Scheme 2012/13.
For more information, please visit her website: www.bushraelturk.com
Bushra El-Turk’s tracks