BIOGRAPHY

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Described as an ‘incredible artist’ by the legendary Hans Zimmer upon hearing her orchestral music, Suad is a versatile first-generation Jordanian-Canadian composer of Bosnian, Syrian, & Palestinian roots who's fluent in both Western & Middle Eastern music & active in both the film & concert world. Her music, described as 'reflective & touching' (BBC), tackles themes of identity, memory, loss, war, diaspora, peace, & coexistence. With almost 40 film credits within the last five years, she scored award­-winning features & shorts that screened at festivals like Locarno, Hot Docs, Edinburgh, Dubai, Clérmont -Ferrand, the Red Sea, & Seattle to name a few. 

 

She won the Hollywood Music in Media Award-Exceptional Instrumental Performance for her Orchestral piece ‘Tomorrow’, and was nominated for the same awards in 2019: Short Film Live Action Score, and 2018: World Music). She won the Beyond Music Foundation Creativity Award (2019 by Grammy-laureate Larry Klein), won the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Award (2019 Best Foreign Score), won Best Original Score for the feature film Jasmine Road at the Fine Arts Film Festival of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art in LA,  & won the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture grant for her album 'Soundtracks from Independent Arab Cinema' (2019). In 2022, Suad was nomintaed for a Canadian Screen Award (the Canadian equivalent of a BAFTA or César) for her original score for the feature film Jasmine Road by Warren Sulatycky. She was also selected in that same year as the recipient of the 2021 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award; a merit-based award presented once a year to a Canadian composer by the Ontario Arts Foundation. 

 

Her orchestral music was performed by the Belgian National Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, the Natioanl Arab Orchestra,  Friedenauerkammerensemble, Luneburg Symphony, & the Syrian Expat Philharmonic (of which she’s a composer in residence) to name a few, in venues like Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Berlin, BOZAR, Malmo Live Konserthus, & Elbphilharmonie. In 2021, her 20 minute cello concerto, Sampson's Walk on Air, commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and performed live at the Flynn Center for the Arts, received a five minute standing ovations from all 1400 audience members in attendance. Her instrumental music was performed in Finland, Norway, Hawaii, Jerusalem, & Carnegie Hall. She brought some of her film scores to the concert stage.She was commissioned by Betty Productions (London Olympics 2012) to compose music for the UAE 48th official celebration, which was recorded by the London Symphony & played at a huge audio-visual show in December 2019 with 30K attendees. 

She was competitively selected for & completed the Canadian Film Centre, Krakow Film Music Festival, & SESAC Christophe Beck film scoring residencies, as well as the Festival de Cannes-Marché du Film Spot the Composer programme. She earned a scholarship & holds a Bachelor in Music Composition from Canada's top music school, McGill University, & studied at the Higher Institute of Music in Syria. She gave film-scoring lectures & workshops in schools, universities, & festivals in the US, Canada, & Oman, & moderated panels for the DOC Institute & the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. 

 

She raised thousands of dollars for the Syrian Kids Foundation & the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation through non profit music album sales. She was an invited composer to the joint concert between the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bergara & SOS Racismo in the Basque country, raising thousands of euros for El Sistema Greece's children refugee music integration program

Suad gave interviews in four languages to BBC, NPR, Der Tagesspiegel, Radio Canada, Mother Jones, Radio Euskadi, & France Info. She speaks Arabic, English, French, Spanish, & holds an additional Bachelor in Education. She is a Screen Composer's Guild of Canada Board Member, a member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, & is publicly represented by Core Music Agency