Jordanien composer, born in 1972

In Memoriam Escher (1) (2012) | alto flute | 4' | FP

On Silence (2014) | bass, instrumental ensemble (9 musicians) and electronics | 13' | WP

On Vulgarity & Transcendence (2012) | instrumental ensemble (10 musicians) | 7' | WP

Quelques Essais sur "Je ne sais pas Quoi" (2006) | mandolin and guitar | 10' | FP

Haddad, Saed (b. December 14, 1972). Jordanian-born German composer.


Following a formation at the Catholic Seminary of Beit-Jala (with the objective to become a priest), Haddad continued his studies of philosophy in Belgium, after which music composition in Jordan, Israel and England (teachers incl. George Benjamin and Helmut Lachenmann).


After having had explored in his works from 2004-2006 his identity as a simultaneous resident-outsider to the Western and the Arabic traditions, Haddad has been questioning the idea of forgetfulness and distance of one's own tradition.


Haddad's music has been commissioned and performed by most prestigious international ensembles and orchestras in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa & Australia such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, SWR Orch. Baden-Baden u. Freiburg, West Eastern Divan Orch., City of Birmingham Sym. Orch., Deutsches Sym. Orch.-Berlin, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Oper Frankfurt, Köln Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival, Wienerkonzerthaus, Salzburger Festspiele, Festival d'Automne, Festival Présences, Aldeburgh Festival with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Heinz Holliger, George Benjamin among others.

Haddad served as composer-in-residence to numerous ensembles, orchestras and festivals. He was guest lecturer at many universities and was invited guest at many radio and TV stations.
Many honors rewarded Haddad's work including the French and German Prix de Rome 2008-10, the deutsche Schallplattkritik Preis 2010 & the Koussevitzky Music Foundation Commission- Library of Congress 2014


Haddad's music can be heard on labels such as WERGO, NEOS and Ensemble Modern.