Smail Benhouhou began his study of Piano in Algiers, at the age of 8. He atttended Pascal Nemirovski's (Ecole Nationale de Musique Paris-Issy les Moulin-eaux) and Isabelle Duha's classes (CNSM, Paris). Smail Benhouhou successfully joined the Musikhoschule in Cologne (Germany), where he went on with harmony and composition classes with Prof. Johannes Schild, and classical piano with Prof. Pi-hsien Chen. Simultaneously, he studied jazz piano and improvisation with music Masters such as Jiggs Wigham and John Taylor.
As he returned to Paris, he began to write symphonic arrangements and orchestrations, ordered by various orchestras, such as: l'Orchestre Pasdeloup, Théâtre du Châtelet (2011), l'Orchestre Symphonique Algérie-France, Salle Gaveau (2012), l'Orchestre Divertimento, Cité de la Musique de Paris(2012), The Orchester of Qatar and Amine Kouider as conductor (2013), Orchestre Divertimento, l'Institut du Monde Arabe (2016), Orchestre de Cannes, Théâtre de la croisette (2019), Orchestre Divertimento, Philharmonie de Paris (2019).
Smail Benhouhou created his own Jazz Quartet, the Smail Benhouhou Quartet.
He just released his Piano solo project (2020).
Finally, he worked with various world music artists, such as Djamel Laroussi, Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa, El Gusto, Cheb Mami, the ONB (Or-chestre National de Barbes)…
In Jazz, he performed with Munjungo Jackson (Stevie Wonder), Decebal Badila,Chico Freeman, Karim Ziad and Mokhtar Samba.