Biography

Photo-06aBorn in 1973 in Cairo, Egypt, Ramz is the grandson of the pioneering Egyptian artist and painter Labib Ayoub (1905-1975). Ramz was initially drawn to painting in his childhood, but as a teenager, he abandoned painting in search for his real talent in another form of art: music. He started to play the Violin at the age of sixteen, and then he immediately attempted his first sketches of musical composition.

In 1991 he studied music theory and harmony with Aziz el Shawan (1916-1993). Later, he continued his studies with Kamel el Remali (1922-). In 2000 he was granted a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation to study in the USA at the Manhattan School of Music with several renowned professors such as David Noon (1946- ), Nils Vigeland (1950- ) and Reiko Fueting.

In 2002 he received the Egyptian State Prize for Creativity and traveled to Italy. Residing in Rome at the Egyptian Academy, Ramz studied with Mauro Bortolotti (1926-2007) and Azio Corghi (1937- ). He was awarded the First Prize for Composition from the Supreme Council of Culture in Egypt in 2005, and the State Encouragement Prize in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010, he was a four-time recipient of the Award for Artistic Production from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Ramz composed music in numerous types and genres but his real passion remains for symphonic music.Many of his works were performed in Egypt, USA, Italy, Sweden, England, Switzerland, Russia and elsewhere. Ramz also taught Composition, Harmony and History at the Alexandria Conservatoire (2006-2008).