Haj Younes
الحاج يونس

 
Biography

Haj Younes was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1949. He studied the oud at the Conservatoire Municipal de Casablanca under Ahmed Chawki, receiving the highest award for his playing in 1971, and was also strongly influenced by the works of the famous Turkish musician Tanburi Cemil Bey. In 1983 he formed the first oud quartet, touring with it throughout Morocco as well as overseas. In the same year he was awarded the prestigious Luth d'Or by King Hassan II of Morocco and appointed as composer for the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Rabat. From 1980 until 1995 he also worked as an oud instructor at the Conservatoire Communautaire de Musique in Casablanca, after which he became its director, a post that he still holds. Younes has performed in Europe, North Africa, Asia and North America, and has received numerous awards and hounours, including the title of Moroccan Ambassador for the Arts to the United States of America.

 
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