At the age of 16 Raffi started to get classical training on the guitar at the Lebanese national concervatory with professors Joseph Diban and Jad Hidari, where he finished his education. Meanwhile he graduated with a B.A. degree in musicology from the university of the Holy-Spirit, Kaslik, and now is working towards his Masters Degree.

During his education his passion for jazz and Latin music lead him to attend jazz courses with professor Arthur Satyan. He entered the jazz scene in Beirut in 2005 where he started proving himself as a fine jazz guitarist.

During 6 years Raffi performed and recorded with many local and international musicians like: Arthur Satyan, Ziad Rahbani, Fayrouz, Victor Bailey, Walid Tawil, Abboud Saade, Carlos Abou Chabke, Thomas Hornig, Cynthia Baroud, Jeremy Chapman, Fouad Afra and many more...

Raffi has already started inspiring students and instructing them. He has been and still teaching classical and jazz guitar in private and many music schools.

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