Haddad, Saed (b. December 14, 1972). Jordanian-born German composer. Haddad studied philosophy in Beit-Jala and in Leuven, after which music composition in Amman, Jerusalem and London.
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 and Asia such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, SWR Orch. Baden-Baden u. Freiburg, West Eastern Divan Orch., City of Birmingham Sym. Orch., Deutsches Sym. Orch.-Berlin, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Lucerne Festival, Wienerkonzerthaus, Salzburger Festspiele, Festival d'Automne, Festival Présences 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 incl. SWR, BR, RBB, Radio France, France 2, RFI.
Many honours rewarded Haddad's work including the simultaneous French and German "Prix de Rome" (Villa Medici and Villa Massimo) 2008-10 as well as the "deutsche Schallplattkritik Preis" 2010. Recently he was nominated for the German Music Composers' Prize and is winner of the prestigious Koussevitzky Foundation Commission 2013-14.
His music can be heard on labels such as WERGO and NEOS.