Rita Kassabian

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Rita Kassabian
Born Lebanon
Origin Armenian

classical music

21st century music
Occupation(s) Pianist , composer for orchestral, chamber and solo music works
Instruments Piano
Years active –present
Website www.ritakassabian.com

Rita Kassabian is an Armenian composer born in Lebanon.

She is fascinated by the piano since an early age: from 1996 till 1997, she follows regularly the advices of her mentor and internationally well knowned late pianist Walid Akl who encourages her to excel in music. She studies with piano, harmony and analysis then is admitted at Schola Cantorum de Paris (France) in the composition / orchestration class of Patrice Sciortino, in September 2001.

Member of the French Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique, she is also the chairwoman of the music associations ARKOncerts and A.R.K., which promote young talents.

Awards ( Paris )[edit]


  • Second prize in orchestration with honour


  • first prize in orchestration with honour
  • prize of composition in chamber music with honour


  • prize of composition in solo instrument with honour


  • first prize in composition for chamber music
  • first prize in composition for solo instrument
  • first prize of composition for chorus
  • first prize of composition for symphonic music


  • April 2005

Impromptu for 2 flutes, cello, 4 timpanies and 1 harp (composition prize 2005)

  • December 2005

Divertimento for tenor solo saxophone, edited by L'Harmattan editions - Paris (composition prize 2006)

  • January 2006

Waltz for flute and strings

  • January 2006

Evasions for solo contrabassa

  • May 2007

Trio for flute, tenor saxophone and cello

  • October 2008

Suite for strings (La Madeleine church Paris)

  • October 2008

Concerto for flute, string orchestra, french horn, harp, timpanies and percussions (La Madeleine, Paris)

  • March 2009

Fantasia for flute ensemble (Saint Germain des Prés Auditorium, Paris)

  • December 2009

Concerto for tenor saxophone, oboe, strings and percussions (Paris)

  • May 2010

Concerto for tenor saxophone, saxophones band and percussions (new version of the concerto created on December 2009 (Paris)

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