American University of Beirut

Joelle Khoury


Joelle Khoury is a pianist/composer of classical and jazz music, with a BA in economics and music from George Mason University, a BA in piano performance from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, a Master’s degree in philosophy from Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth, and a PhD in philosophy from the Lebanese University, thesis titled Théâtralité et Désir de Mort Créateur chez Gilles Deleuze (Thetricality and creative death desire in Gilles Deleuze’s writings). Several of her compositions include multimedia performances and are based on literary texts (Rilke, Heine, Novalis, Goethe, Nadia Tuéini, Jad Hatem, Etel Adnan, Antoine Boulad, Ritta Baddoura…etc.). She was invited as a fellow to The MacDowell Colony in order to compose Palais de Femmes, a work in 5 languages including a prerecorded track, live piano, video and male oriental dancer, portraying the lives and works of struggling female artists prone to psychological dismay. She is an AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) grantee for her new jazz album Beirut Jazz 2020.

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