Salah Eddin Maraqa

Jordan / Würzburg – Kanun

Salah Eddin Maraqa


Salah Eddin is a Palestinian musician, born in 1981 in Amman/Jordan. He began studying the Qanun at the age of nine at the National Music Conservatory. As a child he represented Jordan in outstanding solo performances as well as a member of the conservatory’s Arab Ensemble and Orchestra in many local and international music festivals in various Arab and Europrean countries.

In 1994 the late renowned Iraqi Oud Virtuoso Munir Bashir (1930–1997) became Salah’s musical mentor, and taught him and encouraged him to pursue his musical talent. In November of the same year Salah participated in the Qanun Competition of the Third Arab Music Conference held at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt, where he presented an exceptional performance that reflected his talent and consequently won him a special prize created especially for him due to his young age.

In 1995 he was awarded the Al-Hussein Gold Medal for Excellence, presented to him by Her Majesty Queen Noor. Since 2000, Salah has been living in Germany, where he has finished his Master’s degree and Phd in Musicology at the University of Münster and the University of Würzbrug. Aside Ethno-Pop and World Music Salah in concerned with keeping alive a more than a 1000 year old genuine Arabic music heritage.

He has been working with great Musicians playing on the most renowned stages in Europe, America, North Africa, and the Middle East. Salah is a member of the renowned ensemble Sarband and the oriental Jazz quartet LebiDerya.