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Nidhal Jebali



Biography

Tunisian violinist and composer Nidhal Jebali has walked a distinctive path of independence and artistry. He began at age six in his native city of Tunis with studies in traditional Arabic music as well as classical violin in the Private Conservatory of Hefedh Makni. Making his debut as a soloist just one year later with a performance of the Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, he began to compose on his own at age eight. By the time he was 12 he had received his Diploma of Arabic Music, and had also presented his first full solo recital.

This marked a turning point in his education, as he then left the class of Professor Makni and embarked on an unusual course of self-directed study on the violin. A year later he studied with violinist William Harvey in the Friends Music Academy summer program in Tunisia. He came to the United States for the first time in 2006 as a student in the Indiana University Summer String Academy, returning to that program for three years as a student of Mimi Zweig. He also participated in master classes led by violinists Federico Agostini, Olivier Charlier, Mauricio Fuks, Ivry Gitlis, Kevork Mardirossian, Mihaela Martin, and Daniel Rubenstein.

Today he has a Bachelor of Music degree program student of Professor Zweig in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has appeared in the most important and prestigious venues and concert halls in Tunisia, including Ennejma Ezzahra, the Theatre Municipal of Tunis, and the Roman Amphitheater in El Jem.

Most recently, he performed with American pianist Kimball Gallagher in an October 2011 concert at the invitation of the American Embassy in Tunis, in the Acropolium de Carthage as part of the festival Octobre Musical. They also performed in the American Ambassador’s residence. Mr. Jebali’s work as a composer has now expanded to include works for solo violin, violin and piano, piano trio, and soprano. Mr. Jebali plays a violin that was generously loaned to him by Luthier Douglas Cox.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/8/2012: Nidhal Jebali and Kimball Gallagher

Rising-star Tunisian violinist Jebali and American pianist Gallagher play a program featuring their own original compositions, as well as works by Franck, Paganini, and Jaloul Ayad, the Tunisian Minister of Finance, in commemoration of the one year anniversary of the Tunisian revolution.

Nidhal Jebali