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Ghassan Yammine, award-winning singer, pianist, songwriter and composer

Passion to Convey Positivity

Through my voice and my songs, I convey love, dreams and beauty, as well as the bright and dark sides of life…

When I was just three, I wanted to become an actor. My passion was to be on stage or in front of a camera. Then, at the age of five, I started taking piano lessons. I composed my first piece for piano when I was eight. My teacher was surprised and said: “it’s impossible to compose like that without having studied harmony and counterpoint”, then he told me I’d become a famous composer. His words boosted my motivation and composition became my passion from that day. I wrote for piano, for voice and for orchestra. Meanwhile, between the ages of nine and 12, I acted in TV series, advertisements and theatre plays, as well as singing. I began attending two universities from the age of 18, taking a double major in musicology/ composition/piano and acting.

Three years later, I headed to Paris for my higher piano and composition studies. It was then that I decided to establish an arts school in Lebanon, to provide an opportunity for the new generations to get the best quality education without needing to leave the country. In time, I opened seven schools in different cities and signed affiliation agreements with conservatories in Paris, Lyon and Boulogne-Billancourt, and then with the Royal Birmingham University, as well as establishing a partnership with New York’s Carnegie Hall. At the same time, Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine became the first non-European member of the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires Supérieurs) and the first non-French member of the FFEA (Fédération Française des Institutions Artistiques). While I was giving concerts and lectures in Europe, I received a proposal from MTV to produce and present a weekly musical show. That’s how I came to create the educational/entertainment format with live performances that I still present every Sunday since 2012!

Every concert is a privilege that life gives me to build memories with people from different cultures and ethnicities all over the world

Between 2014 and 2018, I was awarded with the National Order of Cedar and the Medal of the Presidency in Lebanon, as well as the Gold Medal of Honour of the French Academy of the Arts, Sciences and Literature.

I presented a special Mother’s Day episode in March 2018 and decided to sing a special song for the first time, which I dedicated to three of my friends who’d lost their mothers during that year. The video of my performance went viral a few hours after the TV show aired and I received many calls and messages from around the world. Among those people was one of the most famous vocal coaches, Arax Chekidjian, who encouraged me to launch a singing career because (as she said) I have unique colour in my voice. She called me persistently for six months, insisting that I start vocal sessions. I started taking intensive lessons. A few weeks later, she discovered the similarity between the colour of my voice and that of Charles Aznavour, so she advised me to launch my career with his songs. Remarkably, Aznavour died three days later! I decided to present a special tribute to him on MTV. This specific day represented a turning point in my life, because the videos were viewed millions of times on all social media, and I started receiving proposals from prestigious concert venues around the world. It was then that I started releasing my own songs (my lyrics and my music) and including them in all of my concert programmes.

The main secret of my continuous success is my assiduous nature, my penchant for hard work coupled with my passion to convey positivity and love, but also life’s bright and dark sides, through my voice, my songs and my performances..

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