(b. 1975)Dima is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory , an established and seasoned performer, recorded artist, and collaborator with renowned international musicians. Dima holds an M.M. in opera performance from The Boston Conservatory, and B.M. in Voice & Clarinet from the Damascus High Institute of Music. She studied with Rebecca Folsom, Galena Khaldieva, Shauna Beesley, Mia Besselink , Anatoly Moratof & Victor Babenko. Having learned clarinet as a second instrument; she brings an instrument player’s sensibility to her vocalizations, adding to the magic of her performances. Her approach to music is culturally nuanced, forging together diverse influences—from classical, to jazz, to Middle Eastern music. Her musical renditions are constantly evolving, and her interaction with the music ever more sophisticated.
Dima appeared as a soloist in the Middle East, Europe and USA on world-class stages, such as The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, The Millennium stage at The Kennedy Centre, The Opera Bastille and Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Bimhuis Amsterdam, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, The Media Park of Cologne Germany, The Library of Congress, Brucknerhaus in Linz, The National Theater in Taipei and Damascus Opera House. She performed with NDR Big Band , Osnabrück Symphony,members of Chicago Symphony, Morgenland Festival Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Orchestra, as well as the Syrian Symphony Orchestra. She also shared the stage with some phenomenal musicians—like Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble , Jivan Gasparian, Nuria Rial, Manfred Leuchter, Michel Godard, Salman Gambarov, Aynur Dogan, Adam Baldych , Kinan Azmeh, jasser Haj Youssef and many others.
Dima’s musical interests and explorations are not limited to performing alone; she has also composed for TV, Radio, Theater and Cinema since 1993. She is a member of “Leish Troupe for Movement Theatre” as a composer and singer. Dima also composed and arranged music for many short films in addition to one feature film, “Under The Ceiling,” directed by Nidal Al-Debs in 2005 , and one documentary “Love Boat” directed by Maan Mouslli in 2016.
Dima’s forte remains as a performing artist, however—whether in solo performances, or in collaborative efforts. She is a member of “Hewar Trio” with whom she released three albums last of which was “Letters to a Homeland” in 2012. She is also a founding member of DIO Trio, with which she is currently extensively performing. As a solo artist, her first solo album was “Arabic Lieder,” composed by Gazwan Zerikly and released in 2008. In 2017 Dima was featured in “Sing Me Home”, the Best World Music Grammy Award winning album by Yo-Yo Ma and The SilkRoad Ensemble. Last but not least, Dima was one of six collaborators which included the legendary Tina Turner, performing in the album “Awakening Beyond” released on November 10, 2017.