Rahma BEL HAJ YAHYA
Age: 24 years old
Rahma started playing ‘Oud since she was fourteen. She began her music studies at the “Conservatoire Régional de l’Ariana” in Tunisia in 2004, in order to obtain her “Arabic Music Diploma” in 2011. She also obtained the “Tunisian Music Diploma” in 2012 from the “Rachidia” in Tunis, Tunisia.
In 2014, she chose to study in the “Institut Supérieur de Musique de Tunis” and she got her Music and Musicology Bachelor in 2017. She also passed the Instrument Diploma (as ‘Oud player) in 2016 in Tunisia.
Rahma has a rich experience in both playing and teaching, in Tunisia and abroad. She took part in many concerts and music festivals such as “Le Festival de Carthage”, “Le Festival de la Medina” in Tunis and in other concerts in Algeria, Brussels, France, etc. Since 2013, she became a member of the “Rachidia orchestra” in Tunis and in 2015, she joined the “El Azifet” under the direction of Amina Srarfi. She worked as an ‘Oud, Tunisian and Arab modes and theory teacher in many conservatoires in Tunis.
Some master classes with different internationally renowned musicians were an important step in her career; She participated to a Tunisian ‘Oud master class with Zied Gharsa and to an ‘Oud master class held in Tunisia by the Turkish ‘Oud player Yurdal Tokcan. She also took part in the “Académie du festival d’Aix en Provence” during the “Artistes-relais” sessions of November 2017, February and June 2018 and in July 2018, she participated to the “Intercultural Creation Session” with Fabrizio cassol in Aix en Provence.
Rahma is now pursuing her studies in the Arts’ Faculty of the University of Strasbourg, France.
Photo credit: Marie Ponçon