Malek Jandali Resume

      Born in Germany in 1972, Malek started his piano studies at the Jugendmusikschule, and then continued at the Music Conservatory and the High Institute of Music in Damascus. There, he studied under Vladimir Zaritski and Victor Bunin of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

His musical career as a concert pianist began in 1988, after winning the first prize at the National Young Artists' competition of Syria. In 1995 he received a full scholarship to the North Carolina School of the Arts to pursue advanced studies in music with Eric Larsen.

Malek graduated with a BA in music from Queens University, where he studied under Paul Nitsch. During that time, he received numerous prizes including the
1997 Outstanding Musical Performer Award and the Carolyn G. McMahon Scholarship. In 2004, he completed his Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.

Active as a performer for many years, he decided to shift his attention to composition. Malek developed a special interest in near Eastern music and the ancient music of Syria. He began to integrate Arabic “maqams” or modes with Western harmonies in his music. This led to his current project, “Echoes from Ugarit”, based on the music of Ugarit, the oldest musical notation in the world, dating back to 3400 B.C. Malek is the first Syrian musician to arrange the music of this ancient civilization and has performed this work with several symphony orchestras in Europe and the United States.

A prolific composer, Malek has written and produced music for corporate multimedia, television programs and films. His works have received critical acclaim in major newspapers throughout the United States, Canada, Russia and Syria. Malek currently maintains a recording studio and resides in Atlanta.

Updated:  September 13, 2008

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