CAREER: BUSINESS MAN / WELL KNOWN MUSICIAN
At an early age of 4, Laith Michel began his musical journey with his father’s constant encouragement and supervision, at that time his father was a well known musician at the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and it was his father’s decision for Laith to play the piano as the main instrument.
Beginning with his enrollment at the Music and Ballet school which was a government school directed solely by Russian professors, Laith started studying classical music. At that time he had no interest in adapting to the lifestyle of a musician, but with his father’s persistence and redirection, he began to appreciate that style of Music and it’s elements at age ten.
In continuation of his classical studies, he was specially moved by classical composers such as Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff for their musical structure, composition and choice of instrumentation. He was also inspired by Middle Eastern composers like Rahbani – Fairouz and Omar Khayrat for the style of their compositions.
After immigrating to the USA at the age of seventeen, he found himself to be attached to different musical forms other besides classical such as Jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern. with an interest in combining Jazz and Middle Eastern Music , he began composing his own music and enjoying re-arranging previous compositions and songs of other composers which inspired him to make few albums and publish them in the world Markets.