Photo: © Samantha West

Mohammed Fairouz

(b. 1985, USA)

Press Reviews

"DG boasts that he is the youngest composer to have an entire album of his compositions recorded for the label. Fairouz's five-part ballet on the life of [Anwar El] Sadat is both tuneful and reverent. The composer's work crackles with originality and humanity. Fairouz uses the marimba liberally, giving his piece a hue of phantasm."

C. Michael Bailey, allaboutjazz

"The Borromeo players achieve the special balancing act of patience and ferocity in Mohammed Fairouz's Lamentation and Satire, an intensely felt score in which the instruments engage in compelling duos, a fugue of doleful urgency and a farewell utterly bereft of hope."

Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine

"Mohammed Fairouz . . . experiments with dissonance and microtonality to expressive effect. ‘Four Critical Models’ (2009) uses the violin for its penetrating tone and the saxophone for its insinuating smoothness in a spiky opening; a slow, haunting second movement; and a pensive finale. Inspired by writings about music and Orientalism, the piece features a brilliantly handled third-movement indictment of stereotypically ‘Arab’ music. (Think of snake charmers.)"

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

Upcoming Concerts

World Premiere
March 24, 2017 | Amsterdam, Dutch National Opera | 'The New Prince'

The second opera 'The New Prince' by Fairouz was premiered in March 2017 under the musical direction of Steven Sloane and under the stage direction of Lotte de Beer.

European Premiere
May 31, 2017 | Ruhr, Anneliese Brost Musikforum | 'Zabur'

The oratorio 'Zabur' by Fairouz was premiered in Indianapolis on April 24, 2015. The European premiere took place on May 31, 2017 performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Bochum and the Stadtkantorei Bochum under the direction of Arno Harmann.

Please click here to see the complete list of works and listen to audio excerpts.


"No Orpheus"

CD out on February 26, 2016

 "Follow, Poet"

Deutsche Grammophon
CD out on 27 January 2015