Nahla Mattar is composer, educator, researcher and associate professor at Helwan University HU, Cairo, Egypt. She was the director of Umm Kuthum museum (2011-2014).
Mattar got her doctorate of musical arts DMA, in composition from Arizona State University (ASU) in spring 2005. Fellow Researcher at Arts, Media and Engineering program, ASU, 2003-05, (http://ame.asu.edu/). Mattar's goal is to write expressive music that blends music with visual and theatrical rituals, exploring cultural pluralism and interconnectivity topics
Mattar won the second prize in the "Internationaler Komponistinnenwettbewerb / Komponistinnen Festival Herbst 2008, Germany , for her cello, bass clarinet, and piano piece Three. Mattar enjoyed a residency in Winterthur , Zurich, Switzerland , 2008.
She has a great interest in the electro-acoustic/digital interactive medium. Her graduation work: "Scars" was premiered in Phoenix ,Az. in April 2005, a major collaboration with videographer Joan Karlen of University of Wisconsin at Steven points, and visual artist Arina Melkozernova with the director Ilana lydia . Scars was performed again in Berlin with director Oliver Schneller.