In 16 albums, Ibrahim Maalouf has gone from being the winner of the world's greatest international classical trumpet competitions to the most popular jazz artist on the French music scene. Filling the Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul, the Lincoln Jazz Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 2016 he became the first jazz musician in history to sell out France's largest concert hall, the Accor Arena in Paris Bercy.
Spotted by living legend Quincy Jones and described as a "Virtuoso" by the New York Times, Ibrahim has collaborated in recent years with Wynton Marsalis, Angelique Kidjo, Melody Gardot, the Chronos Quartet, Trilok Gurtu, Josh Groban, Marcus Miller, Salif Keita, and many others.
In 2021 he appeared on Stephen Colbert's Late Show with Jon Batiste, who introduced him as a living jazz legend.
After participating alongside Sting in the reopening of the Bataclan in Paris, then paying tribute at his funeral to Tignous, one of the murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, then honouring the memory of the victims of the attacks in autumn 2015 during a national tribute by composing an anthem sung by the young Louane, the musician and film music composer, who has won several awards (Victoires de la musique, Césars, Lumières, etc.), has in just a few years become a key artist and a symbol of intercultural dialogue.), has become in a few years a key artist and a symbol of intercultural dialogue to the point of being chosen to sing the national anthem in front of 6 million television viewers on 14 July 2021 at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Never where you'd expect him to be, with this 17th album, Ibrahim Maalouf intends to make his mark with popular, new, surprising and innovative music.
A look back at the story of Ibrahim Maalouf
Born in Beirut in 1980, Ibrahim Maalouf is today the most popular instrumentalist on the French music scene. His work in blending genres has been recognised throughout the world for more than 15 years.
His career has taken him to over 40 countries around the world and to the most prestigious venues.
During a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2017, he was spotted by legendary producer Quincy Jones. Following this meeting, Ibrahim became one of the artists that the American producer regularly promotes via the Los Angeles-based Quincy Jones Productions.
With his 11th studio album 'S3NS' in September 2019. Ibrahim will perform at the Olympia in Paris on 23, 24 and 25 September to a full house. These three dates mark the beginning of a series of Zeniths concerts throughout France as well as a world tour.