The three brothers; Osama, Basil & Elia formed the Khoury Trio (now The Khoury Project) in 2002. The Khoury Project music is contemporary, combining identifiable Arabic forms with globalized rhythms. Although faithful to the great tradition of classical Arabic music, the Khoury Project fuses music with many other genres including Opera, flamenco, Celtic, Indian, and jazz.
Osama Khoury, Qanoûn
Osama Khoury is an outstandingly talented qanoûn virtuoso performer and revolutionary artist.
He invented a new style of qanoûn 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 qanoûn master, Halil Karaduman, and was the youngest musician to participate in the international qanoûn 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.
Basil Khoury, Violin
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.