Professor of Classical Piano and Dean of Jazz Department
at The Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.
Achievements in Teaching:
Being part of National Conservatory since 1998, teaching Classical Piano, I've helped thousands of Lebanese (and not only) young musicians to find their way in music. I've developed current jazz program and opened the Jazz Department in 2005. Since then I had hundreds of students studying jazz. Some of them studied seriously, some of them not. Some of them showed up to use the fact that they studied with me only to fill their biographies; some of them learned how to play but pretend now that we never met; some of them didn't expect that jazz music requires huge work, practice and seriousity, just as classical music, and they stopped after few month; some of them were my classical students and got into jazz, some of them continued and some of them stopped. Some cats were so good and they were invited to join my bands and nowadays they are my colleagues. Some of them didn't have this chance of playing with me, but they found or will find their way !!!
I wanna THANK each and every one of YOU guys for spreading good music and word about my teaching, and instead of writing how or what I’ve done, I will write few dozen of your names (according to conservatory's archives and mine), who made it with my help, studying (Jazz or Classical ... one, two, three or eight years) at the conservatory or private, or workshops, or listening, or questioning, or playing with me - either way, but having that guidance from me, that have changed your lives and your vision in music, making some of you really good Jazz or Classical musicians and helping you turn into being different than before - stepping into another phase of your musical live.
MOST OF LEBANESE JAZZ CATS PLAYING AROUND THE GLOBE ENTERED TO THE WORLD OF JAZZ BECAUSE OF MY TEACHINGS.
I'M VERY PROUD OF IT and I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU GUYS !!! JAZZ IT UP !!!
2010 - present
Reine Waked, Joseph Zeyoun, Kamal Ibrahim, Omar Zard, Leonora Stepanian, Fady Farah, Bassam Chatila, Elie Njeim, Shant Akrabian,
Makram Aboul Hosn, Sami Kawas, Rima Fakhri, Carla Helou, Doreen Helou, Adel Minkara, Krikor Arnelian, Michel Asaad,
Elias Njeim, Robert Watkins, Joe Khoury, Elie Afif, Scarlett Saad, Ayman Soubra, Elias Mouallem, Shahe Kupelian, Harry Hadeshian,
Johnny Laoun, Tarek Yamani, Raffi Elmadjian, Charles Samwa, Rita Abou Khalil, Nidal Abou Samra, Hisham El-Shemaly, Ahmad Zaatari,
Roy Attalah, Ara Torkomian, Carl Abi Nader, Sarine Keleshian, Lilith Hakimian, Ziad Nehme, Angelique Khalil, George Yammine, Maroun Tohme, Rony Afif, Jean-Maroun Torbeh, Raffi Mandalian, Natalie Malek, Lara Kassab, Mariella Haykal, Joelle Awad, Albert Mansour, Bernard Najem, Hrant Majarian, Paul Rizk, Arek Karagoezian, Fouad Faraj, Antoine Nadim, Raja Naufal, Vardan Agopian, Hovsep Yaacoubian, Gassia Hajekian, Samah Abi El Mouna, Natasha Yammine, Rabah Mneimne, Amin Hashem, Pascale Succar, Samir Khoury, Abdo Sadek, Mozher Al Ayass,
Antoine Sejaan, Rita Smeha, Nohade Akl, Wael Semaan, Rachelle Melhem, Albert Bousleiman, Piotr Yordanov, Samer Badr, Alain Oueijan,
Jessica Chemali, Anthony Touma, Karim Awad, Nancy Afif, George Saade, Youhana Chahine, Pascale Khalife, Walid Chaar, Zeina Bernoty, Karl Gemayel, Michel Fadel, Karno Simonian, Julie Nicolas, Joseph Bou Akl, Yves Mattar, Jack Estephan, Alex Asmar, Nicolas Puij, Yousef Arnaout, Ralph el Haibi, Ani Tashjian, George Rahal, Joe Awad, Jad Soughayyar, Viken Tchalian, Bedros Kehyayan, Norayr Daghlian, Ruedi Felder,
George Boyan, Faraj Fakhoury , Ali Jradi, Anthony Nacouzy, Antonio Karam, Ayman Zebdawi, Elias Mdawwar, Hadi Barhoush, Hala Adaimy,
Harout Tashjian, Lucy Tchamsarian, Marc Melki, Moustafa Jawad, Paul Ghantous, Philippe Dib, Ralph Aouad, Ralph Wak,
Tarek Abi Mosleh, Yaacoub Haidar, Darine Shehadeh, Maroun Yammine, Jawad Moujaes, Christopher Ibrahim, Mohamad Mazloum, Samvel Arnelian, Sevag Kouyoumjian, Issa Saddi, Elie Moussallem, Ahmad el Fallah, Rima Bou Aoun, Mourad el Fallah, Anna Mattar, Gabriel el Hajj,
Nami Ghostine Matta, Nidal Ghanam, Ali Ali, Boulos Habiby, Charles Habre, Eddy Constantine, Mahmoud El Tawil, Marc Barakat, Mouhammad Jabakhanji, Khodor Nashar, May Obeid, Nada Chahine, Ali Sheikh, Faissal Itani, Ignace Bteich, Nicolas Daccache, Rami Chebli,
Remi Mrad, Ramy Moussa and many many many others....
2010 - present