Ibrahim Azzam


Influenced and inspired by his very musical family, Ibrahim Azzam showed exceptional talent at the age of five, with both his singing and instrumental skills on the oud. Born in Palestine, his father and mother were singers known for their vast command of the Arab traditional musical repertoire. From the age of ten, Azzam studied for a period of eight years with professor Hikmat Shaheen, a leading Palestinian composer and oud performer. In 1975, Azzam moved to England and made his new home in London. Since then, he has established himself as one of the leading Arab vocalists in Europe and the Middle East. Azzam has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Opera House in Geneva, the Opera House in Cairo, the Royal Cultural Centre in Amman, the Cultural Palace in Ramallah, the Village Gate in New York City, and Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, amongst others. One of Azzam's most distinguishable traits is his unique and idiosyncratic voice, which was brought to light and compared to by none other than Mohammed Abdel Wahhab. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was taken under the wing of his newly found mentor, becoming one of the finest performers of the Abdel Wahhab vocal repertoire. Azzam has also performed with the likes of Wadi' Al Safi and the Lebanese diva Sabah, and has worked with established Egyptian composers Baligh Hamdi, Farouk Al Sahrnoubi, and Hilmi Baker.
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