Mr. Savio Haikal: a young and talented ambassador of Lebanon at the Monoprix (Champs-Élysées, Paris)!

Bambi does not want to go to bed before sharing a talent she just discovered, thanks to an article by Ms. Carla Henoud in Orient Today (

His name is Savio Haykal, he is 18 years old and he has been living in Paris for five months. The young man has made his mark on social media through a video that went viral for a few days. We see him playing a song by Feyrouz on a piano at the Monoprix on the Champs-Élysées, a song that seduced foreigners and obviously moved the expatriates, Lebanese and Arabs, who were passing by. This was not Savio’s first performance in this and other public places in the capital.

He was born in Tripoli, and after completing his studies at the Greek Orthodox National School for Girls in Zahriyeh, he was admitted to L1 MIASHS (Mathematics and computer science applied to human and social sciences) at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

“Since my arrival in France,” he told L’Orient-Le Jour, “I have been living with my uncle’s family, who does not have a piano. This pushed me to look for places where I could play and especially practice. After a little research, I discovered that many public places in France have pianos available to play, including train stations and Monoprix stores.”

That’s how it all started, with the idea of playing in public, filming and sharing these moments on TikTok and Instagram.

Last week, the young man accumulated over 43,000 followers and hundreds of thousands of views” [with 26,114 Likes as of January 13, 2022].

From the above article, Bambi learned more about Mr. Haikal. He began learning piano at age 8 and, at age 14, he was enrolled at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. Of note, he participated in the Voice Kids in 2015. He was only 11 years old then. Bambi found his excellent performance of “Rien n’arrête le bonheur” [Nothing Can Stop Happiness]. What a moving tribute to Ms. Linda De Souza who recently sadly left our world, as per an earlier post shown at the end of this one.

Last but not least, bravo to Mr. Haikal’s mother who also has a beautiful voice as he reported and who encouraged him to play the piano ( “We have two pianos, one at home and the other at my grandmother’s. My mother has a beautiful voice… Although separated from my father, she insisted on enrolling me in weekly piano, singing and dancing lessons, and music competitions. She always sends me songs to learn to play or sing. She never stopped encouraging me”.

To conclude this post, thank you and bravo Mr. Savio Haikal for your talent, perseverance, and for your natural skill in making random people happy! Please keep practising and sharing your talent online; good luck also in your studies and adaptation to life in France!

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