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Biography

Six-time Emmy winner Habib Azar’s directing work spans a wide range of mediums from contemporary opera to film and television. His first feature film, Armless, for which he served as director and the score’s composer, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win awards at festivals around the world. His second feature film, Saint Janet, stars Kelly Bishop and was released by Indie Rights. Mr. Azar’s stage credits include directing the World Premiere staging of Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone with the International Contemporary Ensemble, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music, and the American Stage Premiere of Georg Friedrich Hass’s Atthis with Opera Cabal at the Kitchen. Habib Azar specializes in directing and producing multi-camera live performing arts events for broadcast. Trained as a composer, he combines deep musical knowledge, a distinguished background in narrative storytelling, and the technical capacity to manage ten-plus-camera live broadcasts. He has directed almost 500 hours of network television, and he works regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has directed the New York Philharmonic’s Facebook Live broadcasts and has filmed the Orchestra regularly for the last five years. Mr. Azar has filmed musicians and ensembles including Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis, Berlin Staatskapelle, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Mariinsky Theater Orchestra. Habib Azar is also a producer and director for The All-Star Orchestra, which returns to PBS this fall in its third season.

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