Award-winning Syrian-American composer and pianist, Malek Jandali, is recognized as a leading figure in today's piano world. His outstanding recordings and extensive concert tours receive abundantly glowing praise. His musical career as a concert pianist began in 1988 after winning the first prize at the National Young Artists' competition followed by the 1997 "Outstanding Musical Performer Award" in the United States.
Jandali is the first Arab musician to arrange the oldest music notation in the world, which was featured in his 2008 album "Echoes from Ugarit". He was the recipient of the 2011 "Freedom of Expression" award in Los Angeles for his song "Watani Ana - I am my Homeland", as well as his activism in the Arab Spring movement for human rights and democracy. In 2012, he was recognized in New York City with the Arab-American Cultural Achievement Award.
A prolific composer, Malek's works have received critical acclaim in major newspapers throughout Europe and North America. His works have been performed with several leading orchestras around the world such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra. He has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio (NPR), BBC, Radio France Musique and was featured on CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera, Al Arabyia, and France 2 TV.
His latest album "Emessa - Homs" includes original compositions recorded with The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. The music was inspired by the people of Syria and their noble quest for freedom and human rights. His causes go beyond those of humanitarian activism, as he is regularly recognized by and invited to speak to key academic audiences at Harvard University, Rutgers University, Fordham University the United Nations headquarters in New York City, and was recently on the panel of The Doha Debates at Georgetown University in Qatar.
Jandali's diverse career remains truly international, as he continues to captivate audiences in concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East at such prestigious venues as Lafayette Park at the White House, The Kennedy Center, The Royal Conservatory of Toronto, The Music Institute of Chicago, St. John's Smith Square in London, The Damascus Opera House, The Cairo Opera House, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Wiener Konzerthaus among others.
Malek currently resides in Atlanta and is a member of The Recording Academy and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His music is published by Soul b Music and can be found on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and at Virgin Megastores worldwide.