Habib Azar

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography
Habib Azar

Six-time Emmy winner Habib Azar has an energetic and vibrant directing style. His directing work spans a wide range of mediums, from contemporary opera to film and television. For the stage, Habib Azar’s credits include the World Premiere staging of Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone with the International Contemporary Ensemble, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He also directed the US Stage Premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s Atthis with Opera Cabal at the Kitchen. In that production the heroine began the evening in a dress of duct tape and ripped it off her naked body in a climactic moment acclaimed by The New York Times. He also directed a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial in 2017.

Habib Azar’s first feature film, Armless — for which he both directed and wrote the score — was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win awards at festivals around the world. He has directed more than 500 hours of network broadcasts. One of his specialties is directing and producing live multi-camera performing arts events for broadcast, including directing the recent cinemacast of Marnie for The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. He has directed all of the New York Philharmonic’s Facebook Live concert broadcasts, as well as many of the Philharmonic’s Live From Lincoln Center telecasts. Mr. Azar has filmed musicians and ensembles around the world, including Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Staatskapelle Berlin, and Mariinsky Theater Orchestra. He is also a producer and director for The All-Star Orchestra, currently in its third season on PBS.

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