Bushra El-Turk

Instruments: Composers

Bushra El-Turk [composer]

Born in London, Bushra El-Turk has written over 60 works for the concert hall, the stage, film, TV and live art performance. Her work is often defined by the integration of musics and musicians from different musical traditions, and the compulsion to highlight and challenge socio-cultural issues. Her works blur written and improvisational elements, forbearing the influence of her Lebanese roots all the while leaning towards the theatrical, creating works that are ‘…ironic…’, ‘…arresting…’ and of ‘limitless imagination’.

Selected by the BBC as one of the most inspiring 100 Women of today. Bushra enjoys teaching composition at all levels. Research areas include contemporary composition, cross-arts and cross-cultural collaborations and the integration of composition and improvisation. Bushra’s services to music have included being an adjudicator for the British Composer Awards (now Ivor Composer Awards), and adjudicator for the Commonwealth Young Composer Awards and, also, member of the board of directors at the Independent Society of Musicians (2018-2021). She is now on the board of trustees for Arts Canteen Foundation and for the ISM Trust.



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Arts Council - funding music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
RTE Lyric FM
Creative Places West Cork Islands
Irish Examiner
Maritime Hotel
IMRO - Irish Music Rights Organisation