Yoel Ben-Simhon

po_Ben-Simhon-Yoel1Yoel Ben-Simhon (composer, tenor, oud, piano, guitar and percussion), Israeli born of Moroccan parentage. Ben-Simhon researches the relationship between Jewish and Arabic music.

He has studied Middle Eastern, classical, and jazz music, as well as opera voice techniques and Arabic singing. Ben-Simhon pursued his academic studies at the Mannes School of Music and received his BA and MA in music composition from Hunter College in 1998, studying with mentors Mr. Paul Moravec (Pulitzer prize winner) and Mr. Simon Shaheen (internationally acclaimed oud and violin virtuoso).