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Rizgar Ismael

Piano and Guitar

Rizgar Ismael is a Kurdish-Canadian composer who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in music composition at the University of Maryland – School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Mark Wilson. He completed his BMus in composition in 2014 at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), and MA in composition at the Private University of Anton Bruckner in 2016 (Linz, Austria). His composition teachers include Alexander Rapoport, Christos Hatzis, and Erland Freudenthaler. Rizgar’s compositional style is characterized by two underlying musical influences: the classical European tradition that dominated his musical training, and the Kurdish folk music that he grew up listening to. He is an active guitarist/pianist and educator. His favorite composers are Beethoven, and Gershwin.

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