Moroccan virtuoso pianist Marouan Benabdallah has enchanted the Italian public with classical Arab music compositions during a musical event held on Friday in Rome.

During this event, organized by Morocco’s Embassy to Italy, the young pianist seduced the audience with a brilliant interpretation of the most beautiful compositions of well-known Arab musicians, showing a remarkable mastery of his instrument.

This musical ceremony, which is part of a “strong and ambitious” partnership with the Med-Or Foundation and Luiss University, commemorates World Music Day, celebrated on June 21. It also marks the resumption of the cultural activities of the embassy after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19, according to Morocco’s ambassador to Rome, Youssef Balla.

“Our virtuoso pianist has so far been able to list more than 100 composers of classical music in different Arab countries, who compose in western style and use the rhythms and melodies of the East,” said the diplomat.

“The diversity of artistic expression in the Kingdom, a melting pot of diverse cultures and crossroads of civilizations, reflects its plurality,” Balla added.

Through this recital, the audience, including several diplomatic and cultural figures, discovered a unique repertoire, weaving links between Arab and Western musical traditions, carrying fundamental art values such as harmony and peace.

Born in Rabat, Marouan Benabdellah, who started playing the piano at the age of 4 with his mother, left Morocco at 13 to pursue his musical studies in Hungary at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and then at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.