John Berberian born October 9, is an American musician known for his virtuosity on the oudthe Middle Eastern stringed instrument. Berberian was born in New York City; his parents were Armenian immigrants. His father, Yervant Berberian, was an accomplished oud player, as well as instrument maker, and oud masters of Armenian, Turkish, and Greek heritage frequented his family's home.
John Berberian started his musical education learning the violinbut by the age of 10 began imitating his father on the oud. At the age of 16, he had his first job as a musician, playing the oud in a band in Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
He graduated from Columbia University with a B. While a student, he performed regularly in Manhattan nightclubs. He expanded beyond the ethnic music market in the mid to late s, decades before " world music " became fashionable, with a series of LPs which explored fusions between traditional Middle Eastern music, psychedelic rock and jazz.
He also Chifte-Telli - The John Berberian Ensemble - Music Of The Middle East up his own recording studio and record label, Olympia. Simultaneously with his career as a musician, he worked as a purchasing agent in New York. Berberian has commanded the respect of musicians worldwide. He has been featured in numerous concerts and dances throughout the USA, Canada and South America, and is one of only a handful of musicians worldwide given the title of Udi oud master. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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