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Rima Nasir Tarazi

Composer, educator, and activist shaping Palestinian cultural and social landscape.

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Date of Birth:



Jaffa, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Rima Tarazi's enduring contributions to Palestinian music, education, and women's rights, as well as her role in establishing significant cultural institutions, make her an influential figure in Palestinian history.

Brief bio

Rima Tarazi is renowned for her work as a pianist, composer, and social activist. She played a key role in the foundation and leadership of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and has been an active figure in various women's and educational organizations.

Major Milestones


  • Education at Beirut College for Women and American University of Beirut (1952): Obtained a degree in psychology and Arabic language.

  • Founding Member of Birzeit University's Board of Trustees: Influential in the university's development.

  • Co-Founder of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (1993-Present): Led the institution since its inception.

  • President of the Administrative Board of the General Union of Palestinian Women (1999-2009): Advocated for women's rights and empowerment.

  • Publication of 'Songs of Freedom and Hope': Authored eight volumes of music reflecting Palestinian culture and struggle.

  • Development of Palestinian Music Education: Key figure in establishing and leading music education institutions...See More

  • Promotion of Women's Rights: Held leadership roles in organizations advocating for women's empowerment...See More

  • Composer of Influential Music: Created music that reflects and supports Palestinian cultural identity...See More

  • Educational Leadership: Contributed significantly to the development of Birzeit University.

  • Cultural Preservation and Promotion: Worked towards preserving and promoting Palestinian culture through various initiatives.

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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