cynthia zaven is a composer, pianist and artist based in beirut. she performs classical, experimental and improvised music in solo shows as well as in collaboration with other artists. her projects combine a variety of media including video, photography, performance and the use of archive material to explore the relationship between sound, memory and identity through interwoven narratives. since 1993, zaven has also composed original scores and created sound designs for film, theater, live performance, dance, visual art, and conceptual art projects. the award-winning works have been exhibited at festivals worldwide including the international film festivals at locarno, toronto, edinburgh, dubai, as well as idfa, the tribeca film festival, the kassel documentary film and video festival, videobrasil, the bern kunstmuseum, the institute of contemporary art london and oxford’s museum of modern art. in july 2015, eurasians unity, the ensemble she is member of was awarded the ruth prize for world music at the rudolstadt world music festival in germany. her music has been published by the berlin based label, staalplaat. she is currently a piano professor at the higher national conservatory of music in beirut.