At the age of fifteen, driven by his curiosity

to learn more about the oud, he was introduced to the method of the "School of Iraq" tutored by the famous musician Munir Bashir.


This great master of music awakened Bassem's passion to take on in-depth studies in order to fully understand the complexity of the oud, whose origins date back more than 4000 years.

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Surrounded by a family of artists and largely inspired by the musical passion of his father, who also played this string musical instrument, he was initiated to the rudiments of the oud, at a very young age.


At five-year old, Bassem drew media attention thanks to his exceptional talent and virtuosity playing on the oud, keyboard, and the tabla.  Viewed as a true musical phenomenon,

he was broadcasted on all the regional

radio stations.

During his studies, he returned to the roots

of the fundamentals of the oud and studied different works and essays of school famous luminaries, Al-Sharif Mohiedine Haydar, Shouker Selman, and Jamil Munir Bachir.


After his own personal experimentation

on the oud, he again attracted the attention

of music critics with his performances

of "maqam", a style that demonstrates

a great mastery of counterpoint

and musical discourse.

Bassem Rizk was born on April 10, 1979 in Achrafieh, Beirut (Lebanon). The capital was then ravaged by war, and resulted in the forced relocation of his family to Amchit near Byblos, cradle of the Phoenician civilization and the alphabet.

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