Montréal (Québec), 1984
Composer • Conductor

Composer and conductor, Samy Moussa has collaborated regularly with a number of orchestras and ensembles, among them the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Vancouver CBC Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre national de Lorraine, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, Samy Moussa became Music Director of the INDEX Ensemble in Munich.

His second opera, Vastation, has received its première at the Munich Biennale in 2014 with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer and staged by Christine Mielitz with subsequent performances in Regensburg. The libretto is from writer Toby Litt. His first opera, L’autre frère, was première at the 12th Munich Biennale in 2010. His music for orchestra has been championed by world renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Hannu Lintu, Stéphane Denève and Kent Nagano who has commissioned him six orchestral works for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. His music is known for its clarity and power as well as its refined orchestration, and his conducting is characterised by its energetic and inspired style.

Samy Moussa took part in several master classes in conducting with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Klaus Arp among others. He has studied composition and conducting at the Université de Montréal where his principal teacher was José Evangelista, in addition to conducting studies in the Czech Republic with Paolo Bellomia. He was also invited to study in Finland with Magnus Lindberg. In 2007, Samy Moussa settled in Germany where he was enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München studying with Matthias Pintscher and Pascal Dusapin. Additional studies include the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles course and lessons from Salvatore Sciarrino.

Born in Montréal in 1984, Samy Moussa was assistant conductor with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and with the Ensemble Modern. He was awarded the Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2012 for his work as conductor with the INDEX Ensemble and won the Composers’ Prize 2013 from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. Pierre Boulez commissioned him Crimson, an orchestral work for the Lucerne Festival premiered in 2015. The same year, he was named Québec’s “Composer of the year”. In 2017, he was awarded the Hindemith Prize from the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He was awarded a year fellowship at the Germany Academy in Rome “Villa Massimo” from the German Government this season. His music is published by Durand (Universal Music Publishing Classical).