Biography

Early Years – 2004

Antoine Kaldas, famous as Tony, was born in Cairo, Egypt 1984, in the heart of Cairo in Al Zaher, to a Greek-Egyptian mother and an Egyptian-Palestinian father. Since childhood, the family was keen to educate the children about famous singers and musicians from around the Arab world; voices of Asmahan, Um Kalthoum, Abdel Wahab, Fairouz and Farid al-Atrash were constantly heard in the house. The father was an engineer who loved art and enjoyed painting at home, but also admired various families of music, movies and theatre and filled his library with collections of books and records. The father’s passion for poetry and reading also reflected in full collections of poetry for Ahmed Shawky, Hafez Ibrahim, Nizar Kabbani and el Khayyam. The mother was a dedicated housewife, and mother of three who tended the children with good education. Her knowledge of many languages also introduced the English, French and Greek music and poetry to the house.
Tony was the last child, after a much older brother and sister. During his early childhood his favorite activity was dancing to music and waking up early to play his favorite records, which helped him decide his own taste and favorites from the vast genres available at home. His father encouraged this talent by enrolling him in violin classes. Violin training was the critical element to learning to read scores; a key enabler for entry into professional singing later on.
French schooling was the standard in the family, and Tony joined the College des Frères. School enabled Tony to join a young Choir since early years, which was the first start into singing. Quickly, Tony’s talent showed in the Choir and eventually he was assigned solo singing. His mentors encouraged him to seek ways to develop this talent further.
After finishing high school, Tony went to studying engineering, reducing the study of music to a part-time activity temporarily. Graduating with honors.

2004-2007 Musical Education

Tony decided to take his music education to a professional level, and was able to do that through joining the independent Open Course at the Cairo Opera House; following in the footsteps of his favorite singer Asmahan who used her Opera training as a unique capacity in Arabic singing unequalled till today. His first teacher Dr. Taheya Shams el Din discovered his special talent and gave him special attention and complex arias and operas to practice using his unique voice, which she identified to be bari-tenor or dramatic tenor – a voice that combines the high range of musical notes of a tenor, yet with the depth of a baritone voice. She supported him further by introducing him to various pieces of music and presenting him at the Opera House Open Course recitals and which led to his first public performance at Ghouri House as part of the Charles Aznavour celebration sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.
2007- Present – Beginning of a New Era [1]
Dr. Iman Moustafa took Tony under her auspices following Dr. Taheya, and started helping him discover new ranges in his voice, including exploration of his extreme upper range – the counter-tenor – which gave him stronger control over his voice range. Eventually, she gave him full support during his first public performances. Tony’s favorite singing style, however, tended away from Opera and more towards Classical Arabic and Light which dominated his latest performances at the Opera House Gomhoreya Theatre and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Other Interests
Besides singing, Tony learnt to play the guitar. He was able to demonstrate strong skill to both sing and play the guitar during one of his recent concerts.
Tony is also a big fan of literature. His library features a collection of classical literature books such as Homer, Dante and Shakespeare full works. Tony also reads in Sufism, poetry and philosophy, which all shaped his choice of singing lyrics and topics of his concerts. Gibran Khalil Gibran’s Sufi poems were of particular interest as featured in his concerts.
Career

Tony sang cover versions of songs sung by the Arabic Super-stars :Fairuz , Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abdel Wahab , Umm Kulthum , Nour el Hoda etc…and from the Worldwide he used to sing for : Charles Aznavour , Édith Piaf , Mireille Mathieu , Frédéric François , Jacques Brel , Elvis Presley , Frank Sinatra , Nat King Cole , etc…
In 2005 Tony sang cover versions of Umm Kulthum and Asmahan many songs like : ” Raq el habeeb , gholbt asaleh , fakarouny , nawet adary alamy , emta Hataeraf , layaly el ons , ya layaly el bishr , etc…)
Also he sang cover versions of the Lebanese Singer / Majida El Roumi many songs from her big repertoire like : enta el mady , matra’ak bi alby , lawen maey el ayam , Beirut set el donya , am yesaalouny , etc…)

in December 2006 he sang A concert of cover versions under the name of (Tony kaldas sings Charles Aznavour) at Chateau de Ghouri in Egypt
Also he sang in some Opera Recitals many Arias from Aria Antiche and Opera Roles Like La Traviata , Tosca , and others.

in September 2007 he sang in a Common Concert with The Soprano Maysa Orensa , A big repertoire contains Arabic , French , Italian , German songs… at the Cairo Opera House

in October 2007 , he sang with the Egyptian Singer “Rania Shaalan” in one of her concert in Gomhoreya Theatre - Cairo Opera house

During 2006 - 2007 he did 3 Religious Songs and he Wrote and sang a song about The Lebanese Super-star Majida El Roumi as a dedication for her voice. The Song was called “Negma men negoum el sama” [2]

2008 Year of his Success in the Big Event of the Jubilee 125 years of the Lebanese Poet , Painter & writer “Khalil Gibran”.[3]

In June 27 in The Opera House - Gomhoureya Theatre.[4][5][6]
In July 16 in Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Open Air Theatre.[7]

2008 Performed at Diwan Bookstore a Ramadan Night , a nostalgic night in September which was covered by the Daily News (Egypt)[8]

2009 Performed in 2 Occasions in Smash Club Celebrating the Valentine’s Day and Sham el nessim.
June 2009 , Commemorating the Lebanese Writer Mansour Rahbani in Sawy Culturewheel , covered by OTV , ON TV , ANA TV and NILE LIVE TV , and media presses Elaph and Radio stations.[9]

September 2009, Performing big concert in Cairo Opera House singing for Fairuz , Halim and his own songs from Gibran Khalil Gibran words “you are my brother” , “my soul” [10]

Edited by arabic-fan on 11 Dec 2009, 12:06

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