Dhafer Youssef

Oud master, Vocalist and composer Dhafer Youssef is at the vanguard of a movement in contemporary music that brings East and West together. He is one of the most inventive oud players in the world and has succeeded in freeing the instrument from its traditional role and bringing it into Jazz. Youssef was born in 1967 in a fishing village in Tunisia. His grandfather taught him to sing verses from the Quran but really Youssef preferred to listen to the radio in his mother’s kitchen. He had his first audience at the age of 5 years old when his voice echoed from the mosque’s minaret.

At the age of 18 years old he left Tunisia, and he studied music in Vienna, where he lived for 13 years before moving to NewYork.
Dhafer Youssef has played with musicians from every corner of the globe including Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain…


Winner of the prestigious Dutch Edisson Award 2017.

Echo Jazz nominations in two categories: Male jazz vocalist of the year and miscellaneous instrument.

Two times winner of the BBC – Awards for world music.


June 12, 21:00

Moscow Hermitage Garden

Москва, джазовый фестиваль 2022