Beirut, London – The musical passion of Lebanese Peter Nehme drove him to learn how to play 46 instruments. In fact, he has gone as far as to revive some instruments that time has forgotten and even make his own instrument, which holds his name.
Inside his rural home in Baaqline in Mount Lebanon, Nehme, 47, sits among his instruments like a king on a throne.
He said: “Even before I was three years old, I would wander around the house and find a musical instrument in everything.”
He grew up in a home that was alive with music as he was exposed to it through his uncle, a music teacher who lives in the same house.
At age 7, Nehme dreamed of making instruments. At the time, he was studying how to play around 16 instruments.
Over the years, he succeeded in bringing back instruments that were popular during the music revival era. He added his own touches to others, ranging from the piano, violin, cello, viola, guitar, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, tuba, drums, triangle, xylophone to instruments that are not as popular in Lebanon, such as the ukulele, piccolo, mandolin, maracas, congas and marimbas.
Nehme proudly spoke about the instrument he made, which has become a registered trademark in the world.
He said he can manufacture instruments for beginners at a price of 100 dollars, adding that he can make high quality ones that can fetch a price of 60,000 dollars.
All his instruments are handmade and he travels a lot in order to manage their production at workshops all over the world.
Nehme revealed that he introduced foreign instruments to Lebanon, such as the lute, which is the European version of the oud.