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There is, quite simply, no trumpeter in the world today who sounds like Ibrahim Maalouf.


This has everything to do with his instrument, which is reported to be similar to the microtonal one invented by his father. But instrument (with all of its idiosyncratic features) notwithstanding, Mr Maalouf has the ability to infuse his laying with a rare degree of emotion even when – unlike many of his contemporaries – he is playing extremely loudly for considerable lengths of time on a given piece of music.


This is not to say that he does so, but when he does play at extreme fortississmo with a sforzando added on top of everything else, Mr Maalouf’s playing can reveal incredible nuances of emotion.