This article was posted on the AUB Website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2017/Pages/walid-gholmieh.aspx and was written by Dana Abed- Office of Advancement
The American University of Beirut (AUB) received the musical heritage of the late Dr. Walid Gholmieh, which will be kept in the archives of the University Libraries to be utilized by researchers and musicians. Dr. Gholmieh’s widow, Mrs. Elham Gholmieh, and family worked with Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida and Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, among others, to compile the archive and prepare for its transfer to AUB, which was accomplished on June 14.
Dr. Walid Georges Gholmieh, who passed away in 2011, was director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. He earned a degree in Mathematics from AUB before dedicating his life to music. He is considered to be one of the most prominent Middle Eastern conductors and composers. Gholmieh held a PhD in musicology and composed numerous symphonies and other musical compositions. He collaborated with many conductors and performers and was the recipient of multiple international awards.
According to Mrs. Gholmieh, AUB was very dear to Dr. Gholmieh’s heart and he always wanted his collection to be transferred to the University.
“AUB is the most important institution in the Middle East that preserves the cultural heritage of prominent artists. Walid wanted dearly to preserve that and keep it in safe hands for generations to come,” said Mrs. Gholmieh. “Walid made sure his intentions of transferring his collection are expressed to Dr. Nabil Nassif [director of the Zaki Nassif Program for Music at AUB] and, after his passing, we started with the execution of his wishes in collaboration with AUB.”
Dr. Chebaro explained the importance of the archival papers to be kept in Jafet Library, saying that Dr. Gholmieh was “a forward looking humanist, one who is simultaneously deeply rooted in his culture, language, and heritage.”
“The AUB Archives, University Libraries is thrilled to receive the archival papers of Dr. Gholmieh: preserving our cultural heritage, availing it to researchers, upholding and demonstrating its continued scholarly and humanistic relevance for a wide audience, both within the realm of academia and beyond, is a core mission of AUB,” said Chebaro.
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