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Ibrahim Maalouf wins big
with new album “Illusions”

French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf performs on stage during the 29th Victoires de la Musique. (AFP PHOTO / Bertrand Guay)

BEIRUT - Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf won Best World Music Album of the Year for his latest effort "Illusions" at the 29th annual Victoires de la Musique ceremony, France's top music awards, at the Zenith concert hall on Friday.

 

“I was raised on Arab classical music,” Maalouf said after receiving the prize, adding, “What is beautiful to [see] today, is that we are doing justice to this instrument,” pointing to his trumpet.

 

Maalouf is a French musician of Lebanese origin, a composer, an arranger and a producer. Born in Beirut in 1980, his father Nassim Maalouf is also a trumpet player and his mother Nada Maalouf is a pianist.

 

His musical style is also distinguished by the specially designed trumpet he plays which can produce the quarter tone notes found in traditional Arabic music. 

 

Maalouf has received recognition for his work before – he won the Frank Ténot Prize  at the Victories du Jazz competition in 2010,  that year he was also recognized by UNESCO as one of their Young Artists for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western Worlds.

French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf performs on stage during the 29th Victoires de la Musique. (AFP PHOTO / Bertrand Guay)

Maalouf is a French musician of Lebanese origin, a composer, an arranger and a producer. Born in Beirut in 1980, his father Nassim Maalouf is also a trumpet player and his mother Nada Maalouf is a pianist.