Marcel Khalife (LB)

Marcel Khalifé (Arabic: مرسيل خليفة) was born in 1950 in Amchit, Mount-Lebanon. He studied the oud (the Arabic lute) at the Beirut National conservatory. His music works around the classical Arabic oud but also includes jazz piano and many other influences. His playing techniques expand far outside those of classical oud playing, however, and he is attributed for having greatly expanded the horizons of this traditional Arabic instrument.

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Rami Khalife (LB)

Rami Khalifé was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 25, 1981. From very early on, Rami Khalifé exhibited a passion for music.
After a short initiation on the piano, he left Lebanon when he was seven years old and resumed his musical training in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt, studying with Louis-Claude Thirion and Marie-Paule Siruguet.

Ten years later, he was awarded first place on piano and received several degrees in musical theory. Along with his training at the conservatory, he studied piano with the noted Lebanese pianist, Abd El Rahman El Bacha.

Khalifé received several prizes during those years in Paris, most notable amongst them were the piano competitions o...

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