Ruben Zahra is a composer committed to contemporary expression and Maltese music heritage. His music blends fragments from a variety of musical cultures. Influences from classical, rock, jazz and ethnic music are interwoven within the tapestry of his contemporary work.
In 1994, Ruben Zahra graduated in Music & Theatre Studies from the University of Malta and was awarded a scholarship by the Italian Cultural Institute to continue his studies in composition with Azio Corghi at the National Music Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. While in Italy, he studied electronic music with Giorgio Nottoli and film music with Ennio Morricone. In 2000, he moved to the USA for a master’s degree in composition at Mills College in Oakland, California. In 2002, he moved to Los Angeles and spent two years working for the Hollywood film industry as a soundtrack composer.
Since 2004, he has been based in Malta and works internationally as a freelance composer. Ruben Zahra is also a cultural entrepreneur and promoter of contemporary music. He is the director of the culture organisation “Soundscapes”, President of the “Malta Association for Contemporary Music”, Artistic Director of “Modern Music Days”, programming team member of the “Malta International Arts Festival” and publisher of ENCORE, Malta’s arts and culture magazine.
Ruben Zahra has been invited to present concerts in major festivals all over Europe, as well as in Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, the USA, India, South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong.