Kareem Roustom – New Levant Initiative

Kareem Roustom

Kareem Roustom is an Emmy-nominated composer whose genre crossing collaborations include music commissioned for the Kronos Quartet, conductor Daniel Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as Shakira, Beyoncé, Tina Turner, and others.

Roustom’s music has been performed at the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and from the Far East to the Near East, Europe and Latin America. The Chicago Tribune wrote that Roustom is “a gifted and accomplished artist … one of the most prominent active Arab-American composers”; BBC Radio 3 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.”

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