- Awatef Abdel Kerim
(b Cairo, Aug 21, 1955). Egyptian composer. From the age of eight she studied the piano at the Cairo Conservatory. Later she joined the composition class founded by Abdel-Rahim, studying composition and the traditional Arab modal system. She graduated in composition (1977) and piano (1978), both with distinction. From 1981 she took postgraduate studies in composition from the Vienna Hochschule für Musik with Thomas Christian David and Francis Burt, graduating with distinction in 1987 and obtaining Magister Artium in 1988. She returned to Egypt in 1989 and to a teaching post at the Cairo Conservatory. Many of her compositions have been performed outside Egypt: in Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Bonn and Prague. In 1991 she was awarded the prize for musical creativity by the Academy of Arts, Cairo. A well-known composer of documentary film music, she won a prize (1991) for her music for the documentary film ...