American Univesity of Beirut

Joelle El Khoury

​​Joelle Khoury, pianist, composer (Jazz and Classical music).

Teaches piano and composition at the Lebanese National Conservatory


BA in economics and musicology, George Mason University, Va., USA

Master Philosophy, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Thesis titled Being and Music

Piano diploma, Lebanese National Conservatory

Currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program at the Lebanese University- Philosophy. Thesis (in process) titled: Theatricality and creative death desire in Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy.

Joelle, besides this new CVSP course (philosophy and music), has been teaching 2 music courses at AUB: Survey of Western Music; Listening to Jazz

Articles, Conferences & Workshops

"Time Goes One Way" (against classification of art)

"About women composers in the Arab world" (Freemuse conference) 2005

"My Body Myself and I" conference in company of the Arab cultural journalists, (on a crisis of subjectivity throughout the history of music) Zawaya : 2006.

John Cage: Open Form (workshop and concert), with the Lebanese conservatory hosting Dr. Katharine Cartwright, Fulbright. (2006)

"Bach/Leibniz/Kandinsky: the Unique and the Multiple" conference, Lebanese National Conservatory, December 2007

Of Arab Composers Today, written in the occasion of AFAC, the Arab Fund for Culture meeting 2011

History a Divine Poem in Theologie in Noten: Werkerschliessungen Und Reflexionen. Article commissioned by the Lucerne University, relating Bach to Leibniz. Published October 2015 for the inauguration of their new department: Music and Theology

Compositions: 2 jazz albums with her quintet In-Version, Tumbling up and Is It So!; 1 lieder album, Music and Poetry (chamber music and voice, based on German poetry); 1 Opera monodrama in Arabic, Dream She Is with contralto Fadia Tomb El Hage

Numerous musical and multimedia pieces including collaborations with Lebanese and foreign artists: Alexandre Polikevitch (dancer), Chaghig Arzoumanian (video art), Kinda Hassan (vide art), Caroline Hatem (writer/dancer), Ritta Badoura (poet), Nadia Safieddine (painter), Lynn Kodeih (performance), Antoine Boulad (poet), Dima Hajjar (painter), Jacques Aswad (poet)…etc.

Extra-muros residencies:

2 months scholarship – EGIDE, France: piano residency at Boulogne Billancourt conservatory (2002)

1month residency in Paris, Dijon and Lyon, "programme courant culture", French Ministry of Culture (2004)

6 weeks residency, Millwood Artist Residency, in collaboration with Freemuse International, Free dimensional, and Millwood residencies, Czech republic, Nov. 2006.

Rencontres de composition musicale à Cergy-Pontoise": a yearly event. Member of the jury, competition for young composers.

May-June 2011, Artist Resident, Prohevetia, Villa Strauli, Switzerland, sponsored by Prohelvetia.

The MacDowell Colony, NH, USA. Fellow, August 2013. One month, in preparation for the multimedia work Women’s Palaces.

Curriculum Vitae​

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