Born in London, Bushra El-Turk has written over 60 works for the concert hall, the stage, film, TV and live art performance. Her work is often defined by the integration of musics and musicians from different musical traditions, and the compulsion to highlight and challenge socio-cultural issues. Her works blur written and improvisational elements, forbearing the influence of her Lebanese roots all the while leaning towards the theatrical, creating works that are '...ironic...', '...arresting...' and of 'limitless imagination'.

Ka has been shortlisted for an Ivors Classical Award 2023

for Best large ensemble category

I’d like to thank @BrittenPears @konzerthauswien #wienerkammerorchester and percussionist Vivi Vassileva for the commission + the awesome performances by @BrittenSinfonia and others!

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Date Event Location
(CEST, UTC+02) (CEST, UTC+02) 'Ka' for percussion and strings (soloist: Vivi Vassileva) with Covent Garden Soloists Mozart Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria Mozart Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
UK Premiere of Tmesis for Symphony Orchestra - cond Marc Dooley/Fulham Symphony Orchestra St John's Smith Square, London St John's Smith Square, London
Young Composers Forum 2- Leading workshops of winning pieces of Composition Competition Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry, Ireland Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry, Ireland
Young Composers Forum 1- Leading workshops of winning pieces of Composition Competition Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry, Ireland Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry, Ireland
Morning Talk Brick Oven, Bantry, Ireland Brick Oven, Bantry, Ireland
ON TOUR: Three Tributes performed by Dudok Quartet Amsterdam - Irish Premiere St. Brendan’s Church, Bantry, Ireland St. Brendan’s Church, Bantry, Ireland
Tokyo Premiere: Saffron Dusk performed by a string quartet reuniting in Japan Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan
WORLD PREMIERE- New Music/Dance work @ Equinox Music and Dance Festival Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
ON TOUR: Three Tributes performed by Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Stockholm Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
ON TOUR: Woman at Point Zero at Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2024 Seoul, Korea Seoul, Korea
ON TOUR: Three Tributes for String Quartet performed by Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Milton Court, Barbican, London, UK Milton Court, Barbican, London, UK
WORLD PREMIERE - OUM - MUSIC THEATRE Dutch National Opera - Main Stage, Amsterdam Dutch National Opera - Main Stage, Amsterdam
WORLD PREMIERE - OUM - MUSIC THEATRE Dutch National Opera - Main Stage, Amsterdam Dutch National Opera - Main Stage, Amsterdam

Bushra El-Turk meets Dudok Quartet in Amsterdam for a workshop of the new piece that will premiere during String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam  in February 2024

to create an aural dreamscape I'd vouchsafe is to be found nowhere else in the world - *****”

— Gary Naylor, Broadway World

An extremely eloquent and well-crafted offering by the Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk” - on Woman at Point Zero Opera

— LE FIGARO

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