Program: Performing Arts
Position: Instructor of Music
Courses taught: PFA 211 Survey of Western Music
Degrees: Masters of Arts in Musicology
Born in Beirut, Raffi Mandalian began his training on classical guitar when he was sixteen, at the Lebanese National Conservatory. Upon completing his musical studies there, he went on to do his Masters in Musicology from L'Universite Saint-Esprit de Kaslik.
Meanwhile, Raffi's passion for Jazz and Latin Music was growing and he studied under renowned jazz pianist Arthur Satyan. He quickly established himself as a rising talent in the Beirut jazz scene, thanks to his talent, creativity and interpretive performances.
Raffi has been performing and recording since the age of twenty five with some of the most venerable names in the Lebanese music industry, as well as internationally-acclaimed jazz performers. These include Arthur Satyan, Ziad Rahbani, Walid Tawil, Fayrouz, Abboud Saade, Victor Bailey, Hiba Tawaji, Anthony Wonsey, Oussama Rahbani, Anthony Touma, Khaled el Habr, Tania Saleh, Fouad Afra, Thomas Hornig and others.
He has also taken part in many international festivals including Byblos International Festival, Batroun International Festival, Yerevan Jazz Festival, Beirut Jazz Festival, and the Jounieh International Festival.
In 2013, he formed his own jazz quartet, RMJQ, to showcase new compositions and arrangements. He has also been creating modern arrangements of folkloric melodies from Armenia, which has been a constant and natural inspiration in his work. In 2016, he produced and performed his first official concert with more than 10 musicians on stage.
In parallel, he has been giving courses in classical and jazz music at the Faculty of Music in L'UniversitÃ© Saint-Esprit de Kaslik since 2012. He is also leading and training the modern band of the faculty.
He is currently in the process of releasing his debut album scheduled to be out in 2017.
- Master of Arts, Musicology - Elements of Jazz in Lebanese Music - Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, USEK, Lebanon
- Diploma in Classical Guitar Performance, Music school - Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, USEK, Lebanon
- Bachelor of Arts, Musicology - Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, USEK, Lebanon
- Degree in Jazz Improvisation with Arthur Satyan - Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, Lebanon