Michael Ibrahim is a metro Detroit native. A son of Syrian immigrants, he studied both Arab and Western music leading him to work with renowned musicians such as Nadeem Dlaikan and Simon Shaheen. He has degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. Having performed in venues across the globe, Ibrahim is highly sought-after for his educational efforts and his ability to fuse Western and Arab music, creating awareness of a culture that is too often misunderstood. Ibrahim founded the National Arab Orchestra, where he serves as music director, leading its programming and outreach initiatives. He hopes to instill a wider appreciation for Arab music and its heritage through performances and educational efforts.