Are there any Middle Eastern composers of classical music (in the Western sense)?

Question by bradurani: Are there any Middle Eastern composers of classical music (in the Western sense)?
I’m looking for orchestral and chamber music (symphonies, concertos, quartets etc.) written by Arabs, Turks or Persians (not so much concerned with Israelis). Does such a thing exist?

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Answer by Aaron
No only by Israelis

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One comment to Are there any Middle Eastern composers of classical music (in the Western sense)?

  • del_icious_manager  says:

    A lovely burst of ignorance shown my Aaron there!

    There are several ‘classical’ composers from the Arab, Turkish and Farsi (Persian) worlds. Possibly the best know is the Lebanese composer Bechara El Khoury, who has written some excellent music. Some of this has recently been re-released on the Naxos label for inexpensive investigation.

    Two other Lebanese composers are Naji Hakim and Gabriel Yared, most famous for his numerous colourful film scores.

    There are also many composers from Egypt (see link below).

    Other Arabic/Turkish/Persian classical composers include:

    Solhi Al-Wadi (Syria)
    Zade Dirani (Jordan)
    Robin Ghosh (Iraqi film-music composer)
    ?lhan Mimaro?lu (Turkey)
    Maurice Ohana (Morocco)
    Beatrice Ohanessian (Iraq)
    Faz?l Say (Turkey)
    Ahmed Adnan Saygun (Turkey)
    Loris Tjeknavorian (Persia)

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