Rima Tarazi

She was born on 22 March, 1932 in Jaffa, Palestine of a family originally from Birzeit, a small town north of Jerusalem, where her family established a school which later developed into what is now Birzeit University. After receiving her degree in 1949, she went to Paris and studied music (piano, with Madame Lucette Descaves and Mlle Leduc and composition at L‟Ecole Cesar Franck). Upon her return home in 1951, Tarazi taught music and other courses at Birzeit College and, in 1952went on to pursue her academic studies at the American University of Beirut, graduating in Psychology and Arabic in 1954. During her College and University years, Tarazi was very active in the student and cultural life of her university.