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Ras Baalbak, Baalbak district

Nazih Ghadban was born in Ras Baalbeck in 1955. He is the youngest of a small family of three sons, and is a father of three. Nazih discovered his passion for music at an early age, and he pursued his education in music at the National Conservatory of Beirut, along with his Master's degree in philosophy from the Lebanese University in 1982. Nazih’s oud manufacturing journey started in 1979, and was born out of curiosity. The excitement of discovering the instrument he played and love pushed him to dissect the oud, investigate its sounds, read about its history, and undertake a lot of research and experiments to improve this fantastic instrument. During the past fifty years and helped by his sons Youssef and Mazen, Nazih has been on a steady learning curve, turning his instruments, the oud and the buzuk, into unique pieces of art. He has participated in many local and international expositions, from Beirut to Shanghai and Frankfurt. Time after time, the continuous improvement of the instruments is noticeable on all levels: the structure, the artistry, and the quality of sound. Nazih has succeeded in building a unique, authentic instrument, with outstanding quality that can accompany any musician throughout their life. Hence, friendship starts between the instrument, its owner and the luthier.