"On the way between worlds"

My journey to being a singer was long and is still ongoing.


I came to Germany from Lebanon when I was 19, but to study piano. It wasn't until much later, through a life-changing encounter with my mentor and very good companion Markus Stockhausen, that I discovered my talent - my versatile voice.


In Rostock I studied classical and popular singing and in various projects I was also allowed to incorporate my Arabic roots again and again.


Today I know that with my singing and my music I can build bridges and meet people in many ways - for me the greatest joy.

solo projects

2022 Monheim Triennale together with Kris Davis and Zoh Amba

2021 "This is not Lebanon" with Ensemble Modern and pianist Florian Weber.

  2019   soloist in the Woodstock Revival - a symphonic resurgence - at the Rheingau Music Festival Summer Festival, together with the WDR Funkhausorchester.

In 2017, he performed with German flutist and saxophonist Anna-Lena Schnabel and Syrian ney virtuoso Moslem Rahal at the 13th Morgenland Festival in Osnabrück, Germany.

In 2016, together with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Bach Society Cologne, the Philharmonic Choir of the City of Bonn and the Herskowitz Trio New York, he performed Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall.

2015  soloist and composer in the district opera "Longing for Isfahan", together with the Bremen Chamber Philharmonic and numerous students from Bremen.

2015  soloist in the world premiere of "Search For Buddha" (Sandesh Shandilya) together with the WDR Rundfunkchor and the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne.

2014 He sang the role of Ishmael in the world premiere of the opera Abraham (Daniel Schnyder) as part of the "düsseldorf festival!".

2013 With Stockhausen he performed his world premiere "Das erwachende Herz" as soloist with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim in Hamburg.


Is there an "East Meets West 2.0"? If this term didn't sound so sterile, Masaa would be the first choice. Away from the familiar sound highway of "ethno-jazz", the Lebanese-German quartet explores uncharted paths - and interweaves the Occident and the Orient in a new way with the sophistication of the word and the dynamics of jazz.

With Masaa, Rabih Lahoud has already toured Lebanon, East Africa and Jordan. The quartet won the Bremen Jazz Prize in 2012, the Creole Audience Award in 2013 and the RUTH World Music Prize in Rudol-stadt in 2015. Already 5 CDs have been released under the Berlin label Traumton -  "Freedom Dance" (2011), "Afkar" (2013),  "outspoken" (2017),  "Irade" (2020) and the new album "Beit" (2023).

2021 Rabih Lahoud was awarded the WDR Jazz Prize 2021.

2021 Masaa won the German Jazz Prize, which was awarded for the first time this year, with the CD "Irade" in the category "Album Vocal of the Year".

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