Dima Orsho

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Dima Orsho

Dima Orsho (ديما اورشو) (born 1975 in Damascus ) is a Syrian composer and soprano . Her musical spectrum ranges from Arabic art songs to Middle Eastern world music to jazz-inspired scat singing .


At the age of seven she began her first music education at the Solhi-al-Wadi Music School in Damascus . As a child she took part in numerous artistic activities before devoting herself exclusively to piano training on the advice of conductor and music teacher Solhi al-Wadi .

In 1993 she began studying singing and clarinet at the Damascus Conservatory. At the same time, she played for years with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra before moving to the United States to study classical singing at the Boston Conservatory. Orsho now lives with her family in Chicago , Illinois .

Career as a musician

In 2003 she founded the world music ensemble Hewar with other Syrian young musicians such as Kinan Azmeh and Issam Rafea . The ensemble released three albums, including Letters to a Homeland . As a soloist, she released the album Arabic Lieder in 2008 with the Syrian pianist Gaswan Zerikly .

In 2017 she was a guest on the album Sing Me Home by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, which was named best world music album at the 2017 Grammy Awards . She also worked u. a. together with Tina Turner on the album Awakening Beyond and performed as a soloist with various orchestras in concert halls in the Middle East, Europe and the USA, e. B. in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, on the Millennium Stage in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , or in the Pierre-Boulez-Saal in Berlin.

In 2019 her second album was released under her own name and compositions with the title Hidwa - Lullabies for Troubled Times. In the same year she went on tour with the Spanish soprano Nuria Rial and the ensemble Musica Alta Ripa and released the album " Mother: Baroque Arias and Arabic Songs ".

Orsho has been a guest soloist with numerous well-known orchestras and musicians, including the NDR Bigband , the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra , members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , the Morgenland Festival Orchestra, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble, Jivan Gasparian , Nuria Rial , Manfred Leuchter , Michel Godard , Salman Gambarov, Aynur Doğan , Adam Bałdych , Kinan Azmeh and Jasser Haj Youssef, among others .

In Damascus she was a member of the "Leish Troupe for Movement Theater" as a composer and singer. In cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Damascus and Syrian actors, she composed songs for a radio play in 2005 as an Arabic adaptation of Michael Ende's novel Momo .

Dima Orsho also composed and arranged music for short films, for the feature film “Under The Ceiling” (director: Nidal Al-Debs, 2005), the documentary film “Love Boat” (director: Maan Mouslli, 2016) and the documentary about the Syrian actor Fares Al-Helou "A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy" (2019).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Princeton University Library - Wedding / Kinan Azmeh (featuring Dima Orsho, vocals) (6:08)
  2. Silk Road Ensemble's GRAMMY Awards history "Sing Me Home": Best World Music Album
  3. Tina Turner! - beyond foundation , poems and prayers from 6 cultures and spiritual traditions interpreted worldwide by Tina Turner, Regula Curti, Ani Choying, Dima Orsho, Sawani Shende Sathaye and Mor Karbasi
  4. Connecting the peoples: Caucasus in the Elbphilharmonie - Kultur & Live - Hamburger Abendblatt , accessed on July 16, 2018
  5. The Trio Hewar in the Pierre Boulez Saal: Arabischer Klangzauber - Kultur - Tagesspiegel , accessed on July 16, 2018
  6. ^ Event - Morgenland Festival. Retrieved May 17, 2020 .
  7. Baroque arias and Arabic songs - Nuria Rial and Dima Orsho. Retrieved on May 17, 2020 (German).
  8. Norddeutscher Rundfunk "The Syria Big Band is the first big band in the Middle East, here performing in Damascus."
  9. Program of the Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal "YO-YO MA & FRIENDS - January 26, 2017" (PDF file)
  10. ^ Website of the Silkroad Ensemble - press release of September 21, 2015
  11. Michael Ende's Momo in Arabic: sensitivity required - Qantara.de. Retrieved May 17, 2020 .
  12. ^ Under the Ceiling (2005) - IMDb. Retrieved May 21, 2020 .
  13. A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy (2019) - IMDb. Retrieved May 21, 2020 .