MICHAEL BASTAWROUS

MICHAEL BASTAWROUS

JAZZ PIANO | ORIENTAL KEYBOARD

Michael is a multi-talented musician whose musical journey began over 15 years ago. With a deep-rooted passion for music and an unparalleled dedication to honing his craft, he has mastered an impressive array of instruments, including the piano, guitar, bass guitar, org-keyboard, oud, ney, drums, various percussion instruments, bagpipe, and mizmar. His versatility and proficiency in each instrument have allowed him to explore and excel in a wide range of musical genres.

As a professional musician, Michael has graced prestigious stages worldwide, leaving his indelible mark on audiences across the globe. He has performed at distinguished venues such as The Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, The Galleria, The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, and represented the musical arts at diplomatic events held by the Egyptian Embassy and Saudi Embassy. He has also added his musical talents to the ambiance of cruise ships and enchanted countless patrons at various renowned restaurants and establishments. While Michael thrives in diverse musical styles, his true passion and specialty lie in the enchanting world of jazz piano. With a flair for improvisation and a deep understanding of the complexities of jazz, he has mesmerized listeners with soulful and captivating performances time and again.

Beyond his remarkable musical achievements, Michael has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership and academic excellence. During his time in school, he served as the President of the Honors Music Society, leaving an indelible impact on the growth and appreciation of music within the community. His musical talents earned him recognition, such as winning the prestigious senior “Louis Armstrong” Jazz Award and the esteemed “Musicianship” Award for his ability to professionally play multiple instruments. Academically, Michael was a true standout, receiving accolades as the Student of the Year for Loudoun County Public Schools during his junior year of high school. His dedication to serving the community extended beyond the realms of music, as he played a vital role in raising an astounding $387,000 towards curing blood cancer through his efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Furthermore, Michael held pivotal leadership positions within various national honors societies, including the National Honors Society, National Honors Science Society, National Honors History Society, and National Honors Math Society, where he contributed significantly to academic excellence and fostered a spirit of excellence among his peers. An advocate for mental health and well-being, Michael served as an ambassador in his school and worked diligently with programs like “Sources of Strength” and “PEER,” supporting individuals facing challenging times and spreading positivity throughout the community.

While music remains an inseparable part of his identity, Michael has embarked on a new chapter in his life. He is currently studying Medicine at James Madison University, driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others through healthcare. With his boundless talent, unwavering dedication, and a heart full of compassion, Michael continues to inspire those around him with his music and his commitment to making the world a better place. As he treads the path of medicine, we can undoubtedly expect him to leave an indelible mark on the lives of patients and the healthcare community alike.