“While I was growing up in Jordan, Movie Theater wasn’t available in the area where I lived until the mid-90s. So, I have gone to see my very first movie in the theater which was titled Titanic. As the credits rolled, I sat and listened. I didn’t want to leave. Then and there, I fell in love with James Horner and what a movie score could be.”
Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Jordan; Ghiya Rushidat is one amongst the few female composers of Arab heritage working in her field. Now based in Los Angeles, Rushidat has worked and performed throughout the Middle East and Europe, playing in excess of 150 concerts over the years.
When Ghiya was four-years- old, she began playing the piano, and followed the career template of a concert pianist until 2008. In the same year, she lost her first love to cancer. As a coping mechanism, Ghiya turned to composing and threw herself into the passion of composition. When her father passed away in 2010, Ghiya once again channeled her grief into her compositions. All these hard times and life events have shaped her sound and outlook profoundly ever since.
In 2014, Rushidat moved to the United States. Upon arriving, her first task was to composed Pen of Mirrors (starring Hollywood actor Eric Roberts). Her melodic, dissonant, and layered score gained critical praise. She has been working steadily and tremendously ever since, always inflexible in her pursuit to please her clients and understand their vision.
Her transmogrify, cinematic compositions embody her raw talent... “I am especially interested in scoring big projects, like action films and comic book franchises,” she says. “My taste and musical scope align with the likes of Thomas Newman, Ramin Djawadi, and Hans Zimmer, to name a few. I love composing on that scale. Even for a smaller project, I want to reach that level of emotionalism.”
Not as a woman, but as an artist. "I want to inspire people to pursue their dreams, persevere, and to feed their souls through the scores that I create.” This bold, daring artist has taken risks to share her music. As an outspoken human rights advocate, Ghiya has experienced adversity. Nevertheless, Rushidat insists on following her calling and being true to her values.
Ghiya is extremely proud of the fact that she has shattered stereotypes about women—both culturally and professionally. She will continue sharing her emotive and provocative scores with western and global audiences alike. Ghiya gives herself entirely to her passions.
Devoted to philanthropy, she has lent her time to various causes over the years. She has volunteered for over a decade helping abused women, children with disabilities, and individuals afflicted with cancer. Ghiya was nominated for the Queen Rania Award in Jordan, and is partnered with an ex-NASA rocket scientist to develop technologies that help children with autism express themselves more freely.
She is currently composing original soundtracks for a variety of plays, feature films, video games, short films, and TV spots. Not one to limit herself, Ghiya Rushidat is excited to announce her upcoming work on some of the world’s most highly anticipated virtual reality games.
Having worked hard all these years, BMI Foundation announced Ghiya Rushidat as Winner of 2017 Pete Carpenter Fellowship, a competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. Rushidat’s piece, Fly and Flow, was chosen as the winning score by a distinguished judging panel that included award-winning BMI composers Christopher Lennertz and Timothy Wynn, Emmy Award winning composer Ben Decter, last year’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship winner Casey Kolb, Emmy nominated composer Ed Rodgers and 2006 Pete Carpenter Fellowship winner, John Kaefer. The program includes five weeks of intensive mentorship with Lennertz and Wynn at their Sonic Fuel Studios in Los Angeles, CA.