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Balamand Pianist Off to Hollywood

George Samir Tomb, a civil engineering student on his last year at Balamand, will be participating in the very selective and competitive Hollywood Music Workshop held under the direction of the celebrated Lilo Bellotto. As part of the workshop, George will attend private courses in composition and orchestration with Conrad Pope, known for his award-winning soundtracks for such box-office hits as “Harry Potter,” “The Legend of Zorro,” “The Hobbit” and many others.
 
Member of a family of artists and musicians – his father is the composer Samir Tomb – George is preparing a baccalaureate in classical piano under the supervision of Lisa Tutundjian at the National Higher Conservatory of Music. He has been playing the piano since the age of 4 and composing since he was 6. 
 
Despite his young age, George, 22, has participated in several concerts with the Lebanese vocal group Triorient in Lebanon and abroad, including at the Royal Opera House in Oman. He is already a member of SACEM-Paris and has performed in small auditions at the Juilliard Music School of New York, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and at El Camino College in Los Angeles, where his collaboration with Joanna Nashef started.
 
On November 28, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a musical piece composed and orchestrated by George Tomb at the St. Joseph Jesuit church in Monot, Beirut. The piece, titled “Hope,” will be conducted by Dr. Nashef, who is coming from Los Angeles especially for the occasion. 
 
George credits Dr. Nashef with being herself “a sign of hope” who has given him much confidence and furthered the faith in his work already nurtured by his father. He describes “Hope” as a “romantic melody with sudden, broken accords.” Written for the orchestra, “the harmony is kept plain with yet a certain touch of modern character.”
 
So, if you have a chance, don’t miss it. It’s on November 28.
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