Kareem Roustom

Kareem Roustom

Academic Leave
(617) 627-3564
Medford Campus
Research/Areas of Interest:

Composition, Music of the Arab World, Music for media


  • MA Ethnomusicology and composition, Tufts University, USA, 2007
  • BA, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA


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Professor Roustom is an Emmy-nominated composer whose genre crossing collaborations include music commissioned by conductor Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, arrangements for pop icons Shakira and Tina Turner, as well as a recent collaboration with acclaimed British choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh. Roustom's music has been performed by ensembles that include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Boulez Ensemble (Berlin), the Deutsch Oper Berlin, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the The Crossing choir, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse (France), Lorelei Ensemble, A Far Cry, and at renowned festivals and halls such as the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Verbier Festival, the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and others.

Additionally, Roustom has been composer-in-residence at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, and with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in Germany. For the 2021-2022 season Roustom will be composer-in-residence with the Mannheim Philharmonic. Roustom has received commissions from the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphonkier, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival, the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung, the Pierre Boulez Saal, the Royal Philharmonic Society & Sadler's Wells Theatre (London), A Far Cry & Lorelei Ensemble and others. Roustom's music has also been recorded by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (Berlin), and the Philharmonia Orchestra (London). The Chicago Tribune wrote that Roustom is "a gifted and accomplished artist, one of the most prominent active Arab-American composers," BBC Radio3 described Roustom's music as "among the most distinctive to have emerged from the Middle East", and The New York Times described it as "propulsive, colorful and immediately appealing." The Guardian (London) wrote that Roustom's music is "arrestingly quirky and postmodern…music with lots of personality."

Roustom's Emmy-nominated work in film includes a number of award-winning narrative and documentary scores presented at festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and others. He received BMI's Pete Carpenter Fellowship and a Sundance Film Composers Lab Fellowship.

Expertise: The Practice of Music
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