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Award-Winning Conductor, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Educator


Award-Winning Conductor, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Educator

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Michael Ibrahim

About Michael

Michael Ibrahim is a preeminent figure in the western world for Arab music, celebrated for his dynamic musical style and distinctive conducting approach. As an Arab American, he brings a unique perspective to his craft, blending his cultural heritage with his extensive training and experiences in Arab and Western musical traditions.

Michael's pioneering roles as the founder and current Music Director of the National Arab Orchestra (NAO) have propelled him to the forefront of the Arab music scene. Notably, he received the prestigious Kresge Fellowship in 2022, a testament to his significant contributions, solidifying his far-reaching impact and recognition in the Arab music community. Through his groundbreaking efforts, Michael has led the NAO to become the foremost Arab arts institution in the US, setting a new standard for cultural preservation and dissemination.

With a diverse portfolio encompassing extensive performance and academic experience, Michael has solidified his mark as a multi-talented artist. His contributions and achievements stand as a testament to his unmatched prowess, underscoring his significant role in the preservation and promotion of Arab musical traditions in the western world.

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