Mohammed Fairouz (born November 1, 1985) is an American composer.
Fairouz began composing at an early age and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. His teachers included Gunther Schuller, Halim El-Dabh, György Ligeti and John Heiss.
Fairouz lives in New York City.
Fairouz says that he first set poems of Oscar Wilde at the age of 7 and has gone on to write hundreds of art songs and over a dozen song cycles. In Poets & Writers Magazine, he described himself as being obsessed with text.
Fairouz has written four symphonies. His Third Symphony, Poems and Prayers was commissioned by Northeastern University's Middle East Center for Peace, Culture, and Development and is cast for solo voices, mixed chorus and orchestra. The Symphony sets the texts of Arab poets such as Fadwa Tuqan and Mahmoud Darwish, the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, as well as prayers such as the Aramaic Kaddish. The Third Symphony was premiered on February 16, 2012 by conductor Yoon Jae Lee, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, Baritone David Kravitz, Ensemble 212 and The Young New Yorkers Chorus at the Miller Theater at Columbia University.
Fairouz's Fourth Symphony In the Shadow of No Towers is scored for wind ensemble and is inspired by Art Spiegelman's graphic novel of the same title. The symphony explores American life in the aftermath of 9/11.
Fairouz's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and orchestra States of Fantasy was commissioned by New York-based orchestra Ensemble 212. It is inspired by Jacqueline Rose's book of the same title and was written for violinist Nicholas Kitchen and cellist Yeesun Kim of the Borromeo String Quartet.
Sumeida's Song is Fairouz's first opera and is based on the play Song of Death by the Egyptian playwright Tawfiq al-Hakim The opera follows the return of the protagonist Alwan to his Upper Egyptian peasant village, and his attempts to bring modernity to darkness in an effort to break a never ending cycle of violence. The opera also clearly depicts the grave consequences of this pioneering energy. The opera is recorded on Bridge Records.
Fairouz is currently developing his second opera Eichmann in Jerusalem with American Opera Projects. It is based on the Eichmann Trial as documented by Hannah Arendt in her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Chamber and solo music
- 2008 – Boston Diary (Albany Records TROY1176)
- 2010 – As It Was, Is, and Will Be (GM Recordings GM 2080) by Borromeo String Quartet
- 2011 – Critical Models (Dorian Sono Luminus DSL 92146)
- 2012 – Sumeida's Song (Bridge Records Bridge 9385)
- 2013 – Native Informant (Naxos Records Naxos 8.559744)
- 2013 – In the Shadow of No Towers (Naxos Records Naxos 8.573205)
- 2014 – Poems And Prayers (Dorian Sono Luminus DSL 92177)
- BBC World News
- Wakin, Daniel (January 15, 2012) The New York Times
- Sire, Adeline (January 25th, 2012), Composer Mohammed Fairouz’s Orchestral Take on the Tahrir Square Uprising, "BBC/PRI The World", retrieved 2012-8-24
- Mohammed Fairouz Biography
- Rase, Sherri (April 8, 2011), Conversations—with Mohammed Fairouz, [Q]onStage, retrieved 2011-04-19
- Fischer, Shell (March 1, 2011), Poets, Composers Find Sanctuary, Poets & Writers, retrieved 2011-04-19
- Cygnus Ensemble Commissions List
- Musicians for Harmony Homepage
- Hoffman, Gary (September 13, 2011), Kate Lindsey: An Interview, Opera Today, retrieved 2011-04-09
- Albany Records Catalog entry for Boston Diaries, retrieved 2011-04-09
- Lunatics at Large: The Sanctuary Project
- Mohammed Fairouz: Works List
- Moore, Thomas (September 12, 2010), Mohammed Fairouz: An Interview, Opera Today, retrieved 2011-04-19
- Young New Yorkers Chorus: Current Season, retrieved 12-13-2011
- David Krakauer- Upcoming Shows (2011)
- CultureMap Houston- Beyond Poems and Prayers: Mohammed Fairouz's Akhnaten
- (April 5, 2011),Mohammed Fairouz's Opera Sumeida's Song, retrieved 2011-04-09
- Bridge Records Catalog Page for Sumeida's Song
- AOP: Eichmann in Jerusalem Project Page
- Imani Winds: Fairouz Quintet Page
- GM Recordings Entry for As It Was, Is, and Will Be, retrieved 2011-04-09
- Rachel Barton Pine- Tour (2011)
- Mohammed Fairouz in Strings Magazine, May, 2012
- Mohammed Fairouz on New Music Box, February 22, 2012
- Mohammed Fairouz on NPR's All Things Considered, February 18, 2012
- Mohammed Fairouz on PRI's The World, January 25, 2012
- Mohammed Fairouz on WQXR/Q2, January 13, 2012
- Mohammed Fairouz's "Critical Models" is WQXR/Q2 Album of the Week, December 6, 2011
- Mohammed Fairouz's contribution to The New York Times' The Score, July 6, 2011