The Lebanese maestro Ihsan Al-Mundhir passed away on Wednesday, after a long struggle with an incurable disease, at the age of 75.
His musical journey began at the age of seven, when he heard a flute player pass under the house in the neighborhood, so he rushed to the balcony and waited for him to pass every evening. When his brother succeeded in school, his father gave him an accordion, but he did not care about it, and it was given to Ehsan. Ehsan entered the National Conservatoire to study piano and took private lessons with a Russian teacher.
He traveled in 1970 to enroll in private institutes in Milan to study musical composition, and began playing the piano and singing in hotels and private parties.
He returned to Beirut to meet with director Simon El Asmar, who was attending the Studio El Fan program, and asked him to lead the program's orchestra.
At the beginning of the nineties, the audience knew him as a composer and distributor for the greatest artists such as Majida El Roumi. He won several awards, including: the award in Tunisia at the Golden Microphone Festival, and an award from the Cairo Festival, and he was honored in 2006 from the Opera House in Alexandria.
Here is Lebanon and the Arab world losing one of the most important artists