TAREQ RANTISI was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. Self-taught, he started his career playing Middle Eastern percussion at the age of 12 and has performed in various concerts and festivals in the Arab world and in Europe. Before moving to the US, Tareq had already shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians and associations in the region, including Kudsi Erguner, Manfred Leuchter, Ilham Al Madfai, Edward Said National Conservatory, the Popular Arts Center and the Alkamandjati Association.
In 2008, Tareq received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States, receiving a degree in Percussion Performance and graduating with Honors. During his education in Boston, he studied with numerous legendary musicians and educators: Jamey Haddad, Joe Galeota, Manuel “Eguie” Castrillo, Ernesto Diaz, and Mikael Ringquist. Tareq’s studies brought him in to a deep dialogue with styles from jazz to Afro-Cuban to Carnatic Indian to Brazilian and more. This broad range of study has allowed him to play virtually any percussion instrument and musical style with ease and incomparable musicality.
Since his arrival in the United States, Tareq has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music, including Jack deJohnette, Steve Smith, Paul Winter, Simon Shaheen, Aaron Goldberg, Srinivas Krishnan, Victor Mendoza, Hüsnü Senlendirici, Eguie Castrillo, Bertram Lehmann, Bassam Saba, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Bruno Råberg, Javier Limón, Pepe de Lucía, Glen Velez and many other important virtuosic musicians, composers and groups.
Alongside his musical performing career, Tareq has developed a body of educational work, offering master classes, workshops and private lessons throughout the world in collaboration with Brandeis University, The Center for Arabic Culture, NAFDA, The Gaza Music School, Qattan Foundation, Al Kamandjâti Association, Kufiyyeh Center of Music, and the Yamaha Music School.