Many cultural entities and personalities have mourned the death of Zein Nassar, a renowned music criticism professor at the Academy of Arts' Higher Institute of Art Criticism.
The Egyptian Ministry of Culture, led by Nivene El-Kilany, issued a statement expressing mourning over the passing of the music historian, who published writings in major Egyptian and Arab music magazines throughout his long academic career.
El-Kilany expressed condolences to Nassar’s family, while describing him as “the most important professor of criticism.”
Born in Cairo in 1942, the multi-award-winning historian graduated from the higher institute of music education in Cairo, and obtained a Master's degree in art criticism (music specialisation) in 1980.
Nassar received a PhD in music criticism from the Academy of Arts' Higher Institute of Art Criticism in 1986, before serving in a number of positions and influencing generations of Egyptian and Arab music critics with his teachings and writings.