Vocalist and composer Tariq Al-Sabir has been described as a "boundless talent” by Baltimore’s City Hall and the Baltimore Examiner dubbed him "a rising musical mastermind". A performer and writer of many styles including classical, gospel, jazz, pop and musical theater, his early passion for music was supported by the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with a full scholarship for composition lessons that started while he was in middle school and maintained through his high schooling at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2006, Tariq was featured as a lead vocalist on the season 4 theme song for HBO's "The Wire".
Now an esteemed alumnus of Peabody, Tariq is frequently engaged as a performer and composer in the Washington, DC, Baltimore, and NYC areas. His experience ranges from jingle writing, film scoring, and music production, to premiering a role in the world premier of the Smithsonian Commissioned opera “Qadar” and premiering the role of George Stinney Sr. in Frances Pollock’s Social Justice Opera, “Stinney”. In 2016 he was featured and interviewed by Al Jazeera for his work that pushes the boundaries of classical music as a student and performer. Tariq was recently invited to be a performer and speaker at TEDxMidatlantic, focusing on his experiences and projects with music, justice, and music education for children of color. His abilities remain unrestricted while he displays expertise at each performance.
Tariq’s awards include the 2006 Centerstage Young Playwrights Award for his musical, “Another Man's Treasure", 2008 NIYC Gospelfest Awards, 2009 BSO "Oh Say Can you Sing" prize, 2011 NFAA YoungArts Finalist prize in both Classical and Popular voice and he is a 2015 recipient of the George Castelle Memorial Award in Voice. He has been featured as soloist with Hilary Hahn's Tsunami Relief Concert, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, D.C. Jazz Festival, Anacostia Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. He has worked with artists such as Billy Ocean, Toshi Reagon, Meshell Ndegeocello, Andy Williams, Gladys Knight, Hilary Hahn, Sandi Patti, Rance Allen, and Maurette Brown Clark.