Born in Germany to Syrian parents in 1972, award-winning composer and pianist, Malek Jandali, is recognized as a leading figure in today’s piano world. His outstanding recordings and extensive concert tours receive abundantly glowing praise. His musical career as a concert pianist began in 1988, after winning the first prize at the National Young Artists competition followed by the 1997 Outstanding Musical Performer Award.
A prolific composer, Maleks works have received critical acclaim in major newspapers throughout Europe and North America. He has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio (NPR), BBC, Radio France Musique and was featured on CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera, Al Arabyia, and France 2 TV.
Jandali is the first Arab musician to arrange the oldest music notation in the world, which was featured in his 2008 album Echoes from Ugarit. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Freedom of Expression award for his song Watani Ana I am my Homeland, as well as his activism in the Arab Spring movement for human rights and democracy.
His latest album “Emessa” includes original compositions recorded with The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. The music was inspired by the 2011 historic Syrian revolution and courageous stand of the people against brutality and dictatorship. In 2012, he debuted his music with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Cadagon Hall in London.
Jandalis diverse career remains truly international, as he continues to captivate audiences in concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East at such prestigious venues as Lafayette Park at the White House, The Kennedy Center, The Royal Conservatory of Toronto, The Music Institute of Chicago, St. Johns Smith Square in London, The Damascus Opera House, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cairo Opera House, and Wiener Konzerthaus among others.
Malek currently resides in Atlanta and is a member of The Recording Academy and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His music is published by Soul b Music and can be found on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and at Virgin Megastores worldwide
Malek Jandali’s personal website
Report on the attack on Jandali’s parents