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Oussama Rahbani was born in Antelias, in the suburbs of Beirut. His father Mansour Rahbani is a legend, a pioneer of Middle Eastern music, where tradition and creativity are in a continuous state of mingling.
Oussama began to study the piano in 1973, and gradually entered the world of composition. His mentor throughout all his years of apprenticeship was Hagop Arslanian. Oussama also attended two sessions at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass., in 1990 and 1995 respectively.

Oussama Rahbani’s works

1986 He was one of the prime movers in Lebanon’s Jazz Renaissance. He was a member the Jazz Gate Group, and played in a succession of successful concerts including the Byblos Festival in 1987, the History of Jazz concert in 1987, and the Winter Concert in 1989.
1997-1998 He composed the soundtracks for the two feature films Al Awsaj and Al Mawt Al Kadem Ila Al Sharq, as well as for a number of documentary films.
2000 He composed, orchestrated and produced the musical play He Rose on the Third Day.
2001 He recorded the music for two NADEC Television commercials with the symphonic ensemble London Session Orchestra in London’s famous Abbey Road Studios.
He produced outstanding sessions for the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicolai Alexyev, for a special performance of Russian Night in Lebanon.
Along with his brother Ghady Rahbani, he produced a concert by the Ukraine State Symphonic Orchestra in Kiev, on the occasion of a unique Lebanese night. The program included a new orchestration and symphonic adaptation of two plays by the Rahbani Brothers, The Days of Fakhreddine and The Mount Sylex, as well as Mansour Rahbani’s play The Last Days of Socrates. The orchestra was conducted by Vladimir Sirenko.
2003 He produced Impressions du Liban, a concert by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Constantine Orbelian and playing musical pieces by Oussama and Ghady Rahbani.
2004 He composed, orchestrated and produced The Last Day, a musical play adapted from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The play was choreographed by the famous Debbie Allen.
2004-2006 Oussama is the Honorary Consultant of the Star Academy music reality program, produced by TV station LBCI. He is responsible for giving candidates in “Ear Training and Musical Culture”, in addition to evaluating the ‘Primes’ held weekly for the candidates. The Star Academy program made Oussama even more popular among Middle Eastern audiences.
2005-2006 He composed, orchestrated and produced the play Gibran and the Prophet, based on the book The Prophet by celebrated Lebanese author Gibran Khalil Gibran. The legendary Mansour Rahbani was responsible for the play’s booklet and poetry. It was shown first during the Byblos International Festival, then again at the Beirut Forum with new staging. The play was directed by Oussama’s brother, Marwan Rahbani.
2006 He put the finishing touches to Synergy, a new album of classical music recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Ion Marin. The album was made on the occasion of the opening of the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
It consists of the following pieces: Symphonic image 1: Interlock / Symphonic image 2: Oriental Chivalry / Symphonic poem 1: Synergy. The last of these pieces, Symphonic poem: Synergy, was given its world premiere performance on July 18, 2006, at the V&A Museum, in the presence of his Royal Highness Prince Charles and dignitaries from all over the world.
Oussama Rahbani also held several conferences and seminars in various schools, universities and cultural entities around the world, on the theme of “Musical Culture”.

Oussama Rahbani’s albums

Rahbani feels very strongly with the sufferings of his people, and his works are meant to reflect the social and political dilemmas of his era.
His albums include Ghassan Meets Oussama, The New Order (sung by Laurette Helou and Carole Samaha), and Oussama Goes to the Theatre, which is a compilation of all his works for the theatre. In addition, he has also released the following soundtracks for TV series: The Thorn and Death Coming Towards the East.
Many of his songs were filmed as video-clips: ‘Our Story in this Society’, ‘Beirut Municipality’, ‘I’ve got to Change the System’, ‘This is Lebanon’… and received a highly enthusiastic response from his public.
He is planning to release on CD the music of his plays He Rose On The Third Day, The Last Day, Gibran and the Prophet (highlights and complete recordings), as well as the music for The Sources, a new TV series which will air soon.
In 1998, Oussama participated in the French Music Channel competition La Nuit des Clips Méditerrannéens, organized by MCM. Competing with over 250 video-clips from 13 Mediterranean countries, he won the award “Le Prix de l’Agence de la Francophonie, ACCT” for best video-clip.

Oussama Rahbani’s participations

Oussama’s first creations were contributions to musical plays Al Wasyah: The Will, by Mansour Rahbani and Al Inqilab: Coup d’Etat, written by his brothers Marwan and Ghady Rahbani. Other contributions include music for ballets by the Caracalla and Rimah dance troupes.
In 1997, Oussama worked with his father on his final masterpiece, The Last Days of Socrates. His talents as a composer and orchestra leader shone forth on this outstanding work, and gave birth to several memorable pieces. The music of the play was performed by the Kiev City Symphonic Orchestra.
He also contributed to the composition and orchestration of musical plays Al-Mutanabbi and Moulouk Al-Tawaef. More recently, Oussama also contributed to the orchestration of The Maronite Mass by Mansour Rahbani.
In 2004, he participated in the Rahbani play The Shepherds’ Reign as conductor, composer and orchestrator. In 2007, he contributed to the Mansour Rahbani epic musical play Zenobia as a composer, orchestrator and conductor.
In 2007, he participated in the Mansour Rahbani epic musical play Zenobia as a composer orchestrator and conductor.
In 2008, Oussama worked on The return of the Phœnix as a producer, composer, orchestrator and conductor.
All of the titles mentioned above have been released on CD.

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