Saad Haddad (b. 1992) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic music who achieves a “remarkable fusion of idioms” (New York Times), most notably in his work exploring the disparate qualities inherent in Western art music and Middle Eastern musical tradition. His music delves into that relationship by transferring the performance techniques of traditional Arabic instruments to Western symphonic instruments, while extending their capabilities through the advancement of technology.
The 2016–17 season will feature a new work commissioned by the Albany Symphony for two digitally processed sopranos and large ensemble, the premiere of Dohree by the Debussy Trio, the west coast premiere performances of Takht by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and subscription performances of Manarah by the Princeton Symphony and Columbus Symphony, among others. During the season, Haddad will be in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Studios of Key West, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation to work on various commissions scheduled for premieres during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
Highlights of the 2015–16 season included the premiere performances of three orchestral works: Manarah by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Kaman Fantasy by the Milwaukee Symphony and Columbus Symphony, and Takht by the New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall. Other premieres included Nekavim, for two digitally processed percussionists and dance, Thulathi, for piano trio, and Shifting Sands (version for trumpet and electronics).
Recent distinctions include the Jerome Fund for New Music grant from the American Composers Forum, the Palmer Dixon Award from the Juilliard School, the Aaron Copland Residency Award, and multiple awards from ASCAP, BMI, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. His orchestral works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and the American Composers Orchestra. His choral works have been performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Ariose Singers, and the Hollywood Master Chorale.
Born in Georgia and raised in California, Haddad studied composition with Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, and Bruce Broughton at the University of Southern California (Bachelor of Music) and with John Corigliano and Mari Kimura at the Juilliard School (Master of Music).
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