Toufic Maatouk - Lebanese Composer and Chief Choir Conductor
Toufic Maatouk, O.A.M. is active in Lebanon, Bahrain, Italy, France, Romania and United States of America. He is currently Guest Conductor of the Lebanese philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic director of Beirut Chants International Festival, Artistic director of the chamber music season and the Antonine University chorus (Lebanon), Head of the vocal department in the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory and is a General secretary and lecturer at the Antonine University in Beirut.
He is a PhD in Musicology from the Istituto Pontificio di Musica sacra (Pims) in Rome where he conducted and published different studies on the syro-maronite chants. He furthered his studies in orchestra conducting and opera conducting with Ennio Nicotra and Donato Renzetti.
As chief conductor, Toufic Maatouk has led the Antonine University choir for more then 14 years. He collaborated with Al Bustan International Festival, Baalbeck International Festival, Byblos International Festival (Lebanon), Festival d’ile de France (Paris), Carnegie hall (New York), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Roma), Teatro di San Carlo (Napoli), Académie de l'Opéra de Paris (France), Académie du ferstival d’Aix en provence (France), Romanian Radio (Bucharest), Al-Ain International music festival (UEA), Bahrain International Music Festival (Bahrain).
The Founder of the Antonine University
While he pursued his studies, Toufic Maatouk worked as a vocal coach and at the National Conservatory of Beirut (Lebanon), he was musical assistant conductor at Teatro di San Carlo (Napoli) for different productions. As Founder of the Opera Studio of the Antonine University and the Lebanese National Conservatory, he conducted differents productions such Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore, Rossini’s Barbiere di siviglia, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
Collaborated with World-Famous Artists and Orchestra Groups
Toufic Maatouk collaborates with different Orchestras such as the: Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra (Lebanon), Orchestra di San Carlo (Napoli), Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea (Palermo), Orchestra Roma sinfonietta (Rome), New England symphonic ensemble (New York), Orchestra Los Angeles sinfonietta (Los Angeles), Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Kiev symphony orchestra (Ukraine), Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra (Bucharest)… He collaborated with different world renowed artists such: J. El Khoury, D. Barcellona, C. Giannatasio, L. Giordano, M. G Schiavo, P. Fanale, K. Baczyk, M. Palazzi, S.J. Cho, D.Masleev, E. Le Sage, X. De Maistres, F. Karaoui, G. Ferro, F. Dego, Modiglini Quartet, Kodaly Quartet, B. Andrianov, A. Ghindin, C. Di Tonno, R. Bove, L.Cortellazzi, C. Malinverno and others.
Book Publication and CD Release
Toufic Maatouk published his new book on the syro-maronite tradition with Geuthner’s edition in Paris (France). Different articles are published on international musicology journals and 13 CD on the maronite tradition with the Antonine University chorus.