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The Salzburg Festival congratulates Hossam Mahmoud on winning the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg

19 NOV 2013

published in: Concert, General

Hossam Mahmoud (Photo: private)
Hossam Mahmoud commissioned to write Seelenfäden for the 2014 Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival is delighted that the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg has been awarded to Hossam Mahmoud. During the 2014 Festival summer, the Ouverture spirituelle and the series Salzburg contemporary will each feature one of the composer’s works.

“This decision by the jury results in double encouragement for Hossam Mahmoud's creative work during difficult times: on the one hand, there is the 2014 programming of the Salzburg Festival, on the other, this important and generously endowed prize of the State of Salzburg,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler emphasises.

Hossam Mahmoud’s first commission for the Salzburg Festival, Seelenfäden, will have its world premiere on July 22, 2014 at the Kollegienkirche. In it, he tells a story allowing us insights into the world of Islam. Sufi musicians and singers will perform together with Salzburg’s Bach Choir and the oesterreichisches ensemble für neue musik (oenm). On July 30, the Kollegienkirche will witness another premiere by Hossam Mahmoud, a work for two violins, viola, cello, double bass, two French horns and organ, performed by the oenm and the SWR Experimental Studio and conducted by Titus Engel.

Hossam Mahmoud (born in 1965) studied Oriental music, European music traditions and music pedagogy in his hometown of Cairo. Since 1990 he has lived in Austria, studying composition in Graz and Salzburg. In 2000 Hossam Mahmoud received a working stipend from the State of Salzburg, in 2002 a Federal Stipend and in 2005 the Music Prize of the State of Salzburg. Following an invitation to be composer in residence at the 2001 Composers’ Forum Mittersill, he was a guest of the Forum Alpbach in 2003. As a freelance composer and artist, Hossam Mahmoud has been a proponent of dialogue between cultures for years. Together with the violinist Frank Stadler, he is a founder of the association WØD (West-Eastern Divan). Hossam Mahmoud’s list of works includes chamber music for various formations, orchestral works, electronic music and computer music as well as musical theatre works.