Rita Kassabian

(Armenian, born in Lebanon, resident in France) composer. She was fascinated by the piano from an early age: from 1996 till 1997, she regularly followed the advice of her mentor and pianist Walid Akl who encouraged her to excel in music. She studied piano, harmony and analysis then was admitted to the Schola Cantorum de Paris (France) in the composition/orchestration class of Patrice Sciortino, in September 2001. Member of the French Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique, she is also the chairwoman of the music associations ARKOncerts and A.R.K., which promote young talents.
Selected works: Concerto for tenor saxophone, saxophones band and percussions, May 2010 (new version of the concerto created in December 2009, Paris; Concerto for tenor saxophone, oboe, strings and percussions, December 2009, Paris; Fantasia for flute ensemble, March 2009, Saint Germain des Prés Auditorium, Paris; Concerto for flute, string orchestra, french horn, harp, timpanies and percussions, October 2008, Madeleine church, Paris; Suite for strings, October 2008, Madeleine church, Paris;  Trio for flute, tenor saxophone and cello, May 2007; Evasions for solo contrabass, January 2006; Waltz for flute and strings, January 2006; Divertimento for tenor solo saxophone, December 2005, edited by L'Harmattan editions, Paris (composition prize 2006); Impromptu for 2 flutes, cello, 4 timpanies and 1 harp, April 2005, (composition prize 2005).

Contact: www.myspace.com/ritakassabian