The collection of Dr. Walid Gholmieh was donated to AUB in June 2017 by his widow Elham Nadda Gholmieh. Included in the collection are Gholmieh's music composition sheets, symphonies, songs, press clipping about him, and few personal items. The collection is important to musicologists and researchers of Arab cultural heritage of the 20th Century.
Dr. Walid Gholmieh (1938-2011) was born in Marjeyoun, Lebanon. He earned a degree in Mathematics from AUB, and a Ph.D. in Musicology. Dr. Gholmieh was not only an accomplished mathematician, a superb musician, but he also strongly believed in the value of culture and beauty in daily lives, and in the relevance of musical education for cultivating the spirit, and for making us better humans. He dedicated his life to music, acting as the director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music for several years. In the year 2000, he founded the Lebanese National Symphonic Orchestra. He was one of the most prominent Middle Eastern conductors and composers, with a repertoire of numerous symphonies and other musical compositions. He collaborated with many conductors and performers and was the recipient of multiple international awards. Dr. Gholmieh passed away in 2011.