Biography

Born in Montréal in 1984 and now based in Berlin, composer-conductor Samy Moussa is one of the world’s leading composers. Moussa’s work has been performed by many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also featured as Artist in Residence at Toronto Symphony Orchestra and works closely with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. The 2022/23 season saw the world premiere of his Trombone Concerto “Yericho” with Orchestre national de Lyon and trombonist Jörgen van Rijen, as well as the European premiere of his Second Symphony with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Proms 2023, whilst Moussa himself made appearances as conductor with Musikkollegium Winterthur and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming highlights in the 2023/24 season include the world premieres of Antigone, an oratorio for female chorus and orchestra conducted by Erik Nielsen with Dutch National Opera & Ballet, and Adgilis Deda, a hymn for orchestra by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to be conducted by Manfred Honeck.

In the 2023/24 season, Moussa conducts Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, as well as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa. Recent seasons have seen him take up the baton to lead a range of repertoire from Classical to contemporary music with Bayerisches Staatsorchester, RSO Wien, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Halle and Zürcher Kammerorchester.

Regularly programmed by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, Moussa’s works have beeen commissioned and performed by the likes of Wiener Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Brussels Philharmonic. This season sees even more premiere orchestras take up his work with performances by NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. His works remain popular with internationally-renowned conductors such as Hannu Lintu, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Kevin John Edusei, Chistian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Gimeno and Fabien Gabel.

Moussa completed his undergraduate studies at Université de Montréal under José Evangelista and postgraduate studies at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München under Matthias Pintscher and Pascal Dusapin, undertaking masterclasses with Pierre Boulez and courses with Salvatore Sciarrino.

Associated acts

Australia
West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Perth)

Austria
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Canada
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Canadian Opera Company
CBC Radio Orchestra Vancouver
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Esprit Orchestra Toronto
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
National Youth Orchestra of Canada
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Ontario Philharmonic
Orchestre métropolitain
Orchestre symphonique de Laval
Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire
Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Belgium
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Brussels Philharmonic

Czech Republic
Filharmonie Hradec Králové
Prague Philharmonia

Finland
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

France
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Orchestre français des jeunes
Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée
Orchestre National de Lorraine
Orchestre national de Lyon
Orchestre Victor-Hugo Franche-Comté Besançon-Montbéliard

Georgia
Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra

Germany
Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau
Audi Jugendchorakademie
Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Bayerischen Staatsoper München)
Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Ensemble Modern Frankfurt
Essen Philharmonic
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie
MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Staatskapelle Halle
Staatskapelle Weimar
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Japan
Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra

Spain
Bilbao Symphony Orchestra

Switzerland
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
Musikkollegium Winterthur
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
Zurich Chamber Orchestra

United Kingdom
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra

United States of America
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Houston Symphony Orchestra
Juilliard Orchestra
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Minnesota Orchestra
National Repertory Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra (Washington)
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra