Ghiya Rushidat

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Ghiya Rushidat is an international talent on the verge of a major breakthrough. A refreshing voice in film music today, she brings her unique cultural background, knowledge of classical music and understanding of western music trends to the forefront of her innovative sound. This Jordan-native has already broken ground as one of the few female film composers from the Middle East. She’s played over 150 concerts in Jordan and abroad. The Gli Enarmonici Ensemble has performed her composition “Yassamine” in Italy; making Rushidat the first Arab composer to have their work performed by the Ensemble.

In 2014, Ghiya moved to the United States to explore her film composition opportunities in Hollywood. Upon arrival, she began working on the feature film PEN OF MIRRORS (starring Eric Roberts). Her melodic, dissonant and layered score garnered critical praise.

Her musical prowess revealed itself early. Ghiya began playing the piano at age 4 and continued on as a concert pianist until 2008.

What influenced her move from pianist to composer? In 2008, her first-love died of cancer. In 2010, she lost her father. She was so moved by these tragic events, she began writing longer solo tracks and placing them with top TV channels in the Middle East.

Passionate about philanthropy, Ghiya has lent her time to various charities by extensively volunteering for over a decade helping abused women, children with disabilities and people fighting cancer. Ghiya was nominated for the influential Queen Rania award and is currently partnered with an ex-NASA rocket scientist developing technologies to help children with autism express themselves more freely.

This bold and daring artist has risked her life to share her music with diverse audiences. Once physically attacked after a concert in Jordan, Rushidat insists on following her calling. Hailing from a region of the world where music can be viewed as sinful, she has shattered stereotypes about women in film music and hopes to continue sharing her voice and emotive and provocative scores with American audiences. She is especially interested in scoring films not traditionally offered to women, like big action films.

She says, “I want to inspire people to pursue their dreams, persevere and hear more film music. Not as a woman composer, but as a human.”

She is currently composing original soundtracks for a variety of plays, feature films, short films, video games, and TV spots.

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