Rihab Azar is a Syrian Oud player and music educator. She graduated from the conservatoire of Damascus in 2014 where she taught music theory for the following academic year.
In 2014, Rihab became the first woman oudist to play accompanied by the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music and she was the oud player of the “Syrian Female Oriental Takht” between 2006 and 2015.
In 2015, Rihab was awarded a full Chevening scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to study an MA in Music Education at the Institute of Education –University College London.
She was recognized in December 2016 by Arts Council England as a musician of “Exceptional Promise” and has performed at several iconic places such as SOAS, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall (UK) and The National Museum (Denmark).
Rihab is a musician, academic and social advocate with special interest in the social and cultural matters of the Arab region.