The Khoury Project
The Khoury Project
The three brothers, Elia, Basil and Osama, formed the Khoury Trio (now The Khoury Project) in 2002. The Khoury Project music is contemporary, combining identifiable Arabic forms with globalised rhythms. Although faithful to the great tradition of classical Arabic music, the Khoury’s have fused their music with many other genres including opera, flamenco, Celtic, Indian, and jazz.
Elia Khoury is a renowned oud virtuoso performer and an exciting innovator in the world music scene. He completed his Master’s Degree at the Istanbul Technical University in 2002, where he focused on Arabic and Turkish oud techniques and interpretations. He then spent 5 years working in the field of higher musical education at reputable Jordanian universities, where he was also head of the music department and an Ambassador of cultural exchange. He studied with Middle-Eastern music legends such as Mounir Bashir, Mutlu Torun, and Ihsan Ozgen. Elia has attended numerous conferences all around the world and has given performances throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Basil Khoury is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist. He was awarded the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s Advanced Level Diploma at the age of 16 and completed his BA Degree in Music Performance in 2007. He mastered a broad range of violin styles: classical, Arabic, and other Middle-Eastern styles, as well as gypsy, and jazz. Basil has forged a new identity and invented new techniques and interpretations for the violin. During his musical career he has run many workshops and master classes, and participated in various international violin forums and music festivals all over the world.
Osama Khoury is an outstandingly talented Qanoun virtuoso performer and a revolutionary artist. He invented a new style of kanun playing by employing techniques from other instruments, such as the flamenco guitar. He has taken the limits of his instrument and its capabilities to another level, while using the harmony of jazz music, especially in his improvisation work. At the age of 12 he attended master classes with the great Turkish kanun master, Halil Karaduman, and was the youngest musician to participate in the international kanun event and other international music festivals. When he moved to France with his brothers, he studied film music under Patrice Mestral and graduated with distinction, obtaining a diploma from the École Normale Supérieure de Paris in 2011. Osama was awarded the 2011 SACEM Prize for his film music compositions.
Elia Khoury : Oud
Basil Khoury : Violin
Osama Khoury : Qanoun