Soliman Gamil

Soliman Gamil (Arabicسليمان جميل‎‎; December 24, 1924 in AlexandriaEgypt – June 13, 1994) was an Egyptian composer and qanun player. In 1963, he began to experiment with the use of Egyptian traditional musical instruments in his compositions for films and theater, in an effort to evoke the sounds of Ancient Egypt.  His soundtracks for theatre and film have won international awards and his compositions are frequently used for radio and television.

He also wrote about music for the Al-Ahram newspaper.

You can hear a 45 minute documentary, “Within Sound of the Nile – Tracing the Composer Soliman Gamil” here on Follow Music


1979 – Die Ägyptische Musik. Egyptian State Information Service BAR1
1982 – L’Art Du Qânûn Egyptien. Arion ARN 36696
1987 – The Egyptian Music. Touch TO:7
1990 – Ankh. Touch TO:14
1997 – A Map of Egypt Before the Sands. Touch T33.15