AGYA Member

Rami Chahin


Areas of Expertise:
Musicology, Electronic Music, Composition

About me

I am a lecturer at the Faculty of Music at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, where I also obtained my PhD (summa cum laude) on spectral microtonal composing to bridge Arabic and Western music. At the University of Oldenburg, I am teacher of musicology, electronic music and composition.  I also work as teacher at the Faculty of Linguistics and Cultural Studies. My research interest lies in the diverse cultural and musical expressions of our world. Furthermore, I have been working as composer since 1999 combining various styles, e.g. computer-supported compositions mixing traditional Arabic elements with forms of contemporary European art music. As musician and composer, I commit myself socially and work towards a meaningful positive change within society. For example, one of my projects aims to introduce people with special needs to music.

I have vast experience in different musical fields such as contemporary music, ethnomusicology, culture and music, electronic music, multimedia, music education, music theory and composition. Therefore, I appreciate cooperating with AGYA members in joint interdisciplinary projects that use theoretical or practical approaches or combine both.

Current projects

  • Since 2018: Transformation to Beauty project leader for multimedia with the city of Oldenburg
  • Since 2016: Project at the Oldenburg University ‘Orientierungsjahr für Geflüchtete’ (translation: Orientation Year for Refugees).
  • Since 2015: Leader of ‘Globamus’ project for Global music in the city of Oldenburg

Academic Career


Since 2016


Teacher at the Faculty of Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany


Since 1997


Freelancer music researcher, lecturer, composer and guitar teacher


2018 - 2019


Composer for the multimedia project ‘Transformation to Beauty’ with the City of Oldenburg; Germany


2017 - 2018


Composer for the orchestral project ‘Heptagram’, a project at the Braunschweig City Theatre; Braunschweig, Germany


2011 - 2017


Lecturer for electronic music, music theories, ethnomusicology and composition Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany


2014 - 2016


Composer for the project ‘Von Kadmus nach Europa’; a project for young people as well as adults of different countries of origin and cultural backgrounds (Cooperation between ‘Oldenburgisches Staatstheater‘, ‘Stabsstelle Integration‘ of the city of Oldenburg and Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)



2014 - 2015


Composition of the operetta ‘Eunus’; a project supported by Hamburg Kulturbehörde; Hamburg, Germany


2014 - 2015


Composer of Odysseus Project with Stiftung Waldheim Cluvenhagen; Achim: Theate(a multimedia project for people with special needs)





Multimedia composer for ‘Biophonie/ Blauschimmel (theater/multimedia project for people with special needs); Oldenburg, Germany


2008 - 2017


PhD-Scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education in Syria and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to run a research study for a Doctoral Degree (Dr. phil.) at Oldenburg University; Germany. The research received the DAAD- Research first prize and an honorary degree


2007 - 2008


Scholarship from the Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) to run a research on ‘Traditional Music in Symphony’


2004 - 2008


Teacher Assistant of composition at the Faculty of Music, Al-Baath University, Homs; Syria


2000 - 2004


Scholarship from the Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) to run research and to get a Master of Arts degree in Music composition at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo; Japan


Selected Publications

  • 2018 Heptagram: 'Die Erschaffung', 'Die Tauben der Zahnbürstenbäume und der Moringabäume', 'West-Östlicher Diwan' (Orchestral work)
  • 2018 Conversion to Beauty (Elektronic and Computer Music)
  • 2017 Raqset Amina (Orchestral work)
  • 2016 Von Kadmus nach Europa: Arabic musical instruments (2 ouds, ney, daf) and piano (Ensemble)
  • 2013 Sparkling a Stone: Solo 5 strings cello (Solo)

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