BIOGRAPHY

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Described as an ‘incredible artist’ by the legendary Hans Zimmer upon hearing her orchestral music, Suad is a versatile 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 30 film credits within the last five years, she scored award­-winning features & shorts that screened at festivals like Hot Docs, Edinburgh, Dubai, & 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 the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture grant for her album 'Soundtracks from Independent Arab Cinema' (2019). She was competitively selected for & completed the Canadian Film Centre, Krakow Film Music Festival, & SESAC Christophe Beck film scoring residencies. 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. 

Her orchestral music was performed by the Belgian National Orchestra,Vermont Symphony, 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. 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 just got commissioned to compose a cello concerto by the Vermont Symphony. 


 

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.