Michel Elefteriades studied fine arts and advertising in the city of Nantes, France after obtaining a Master’s degree in Graphic Design and Communication Arts from l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts. He is of Greek and Lebanese origins known to be a politician, artist, producer and businessman, notorious in the Arab world for his eclectic style and fusion creations.
He has composed and written more than 120 songs for artists such as Demis Roussos, Jean Jacques Lafon, The Chehade Brothers, Tony Hanna, Nahawanad, Hanine y Son Cubano, El Chato, Galvez, Jose Fernandez, as well as a collective work including Saber el Ruba’i, Moen Shraif, Wadih El Safi, Mohamad el Mazem. He has also directed music videos for several of the aforementioned artists.
He founded the Mediterranean Byblos International Festival in 1999 and directed it until 2003, collaborating with the Middle East’s leading festivals. He wrote, composed and directed “The Journey of Four Songs” in 2004, a musical for the Baalbeck International Festival.
Elefteriades has also worked in television producing and creating Western/Oriental fusion songs for Coke Studio (2012), a music series produced for the Middle East and North Africa featuring performances by international artists collaborating for the show.
Elef Records, a former Warner Music label, has been producing music and organizing various events since 1977. The company has collaborated with international names such as Bejart, Bolchoi Theatre, Ballet Biarritz, Park Avenue Theatrical Group, Lido de Paris, Moulin Rouge, Imperial Ballet of Russia, Havana Jazz Ensemble, Grease, Hair, Cats, Can Can de Paris, Evita, Demis Roussos, Cheb Mami, El Chato, Boney M, Boy Georges, Jose Galves and Barzotti. The company also internationally represents and exclusively manages artists such as Jose Fernandez & Wadih el Safi, Hanine y Son Cubano, Tony Hanna and the Yugoslavian Gypsy Brass Band, Nahawand & the Compania Garcia Lorca, Demis Roussos & the Oriental Roots Orchestra and Mosbah.