photo: Ali Hajjeyah

Adnan Marafi is a Kuwaiti composer born in 1994. He graduated from the College of Basic Education in 2017 where he studied piano and violoncello. In 2019 he travelled to Tashkent and recorded his two suites: Karkadae for flute and piano, and Dune for violin and piano. In 2020 his music was performed at The Academy of Arts and Media for Youths in Kuwait, and was described as “Invigorating, rich, and a unique take on contemporary music.”

His composition for piano solo Al Marid won second place in the Young Artist International category at the Golden Key Festival of Vienna 2021. The music was described as being “luxurious, poetic, and even hair-raising.” In the same year, his piece Arabesque for clarinet and guitar won third prize in Jâca’s Emerging Composers Competition.

Marafi’s string quartet Nile draws inspiration from the ancient civilizations and peoples that lived along the Nile river, focusing on certain elements with the intent of disseminating it to the wider public in a more contemporary perspective. His goal is to share culture and perspective through writing music, while exploring neglected elements and bringing them to the forefront.


Pinnacle Vol. 2

Release Date: September 24, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6368
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
String Quartet
Navona Records presents PINNACLE VOL. 2, a collection of contemporary chamber works by composers John A. Carollo, Edmund Cionek, Sarah Wallin Huff, Santiago Kodela, Adnan Marafi, Amintas Silva, Joseph T. Spaniola, and Kong-Yu Wong, that highlight the melodic, emotive, and dramatic styles offered by today’s chamber music. Throughout the album, the composers explore the cyclicity of life and nature.