Monday, 21 February 2011
Jean-Marie Riachi (born May 24, 1970 in Ras Baalbek, Bekaa) is a Lebanese arranger, composer and record producer. Riachi grew up in a non-musical family, however his passion and talent in music was obvious when he started playing the keyboard at the age of eight. In 1988, at 18 years of age, he participated in Studio el Fan, a Lebanese talent show, where he performed as a keyboard player. He was attending USEK University faculty of fine art at the time.
He began his music career performing in local bars and clubs. He then achieved success in the nightlife and restaurant industries as partnering manager of a number of establishments, including Mandaloun sur mer, a highly-prominent seafood restaurant in Beirut.