Musicianship teacher

Rihab Azar

Syrian oud player and music educator, graduate of the Conservatoire of Damascus (2014), Rihab was the first woman oudist to perform accompanied by the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (2014).

In 2015, she received a Chevening scholarship, which enabled her to study Music Education at Master’s level at UCL.

In 2016, Arts Council England Recognised Rihab as a musician of “exceptional promise”, allowing her to work in the UK as a “Migrant Talent”.

Since 2015, Rihab has performed in the UK as a soloist and with orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta and The Third Orchestra. She has collaborated on several interdisciplinary, compositional, and cross-genre projects.

She has been teaching music at several primary schools in multiple London Boroughs since 2017 and has been the Tutor Diversity Ambassador of Lambeth Music service since 2021.

Rihab has contributed as a panellist, practitioner and social advocate to workshops held by Oxford, Cambridge, Westminster Universities, King's College London, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Through her regular appearances, Rihab has supported the causes of several community groups, organisations and initiatives active in the fields of education, migration and social justice.