A German and Jordanian composer born December 14, 1972 in Zarka (Jordany).
After philosophical studies at Beit-Jala (Transjordan) then at Louvain (Belgium), Saed Haddad trained at the Music Academy of Jordan (1993-1996), the Music Academy and the University of Jerusalem (1998-2001) and finally, notably with George Benjamin, at King's College, London (2002-2005), where he obtained his doctorate. He also took advanced classes with Allain Gaussin, Louis Andriessen, Helmut Lachenmann and Pascal Dusapin. In residence at the Villa Medici and the Villa Massimo (2008-2010), he then received the Deutsche Schallplattkritik Preis (2010). His earliest works explore his identity as lying between Arab and western traditions (La mémoire et l’inconnu, concerto for oud, 2005). Saed Haddad then composed ‘distanced’ music, resolutely modern and western. Nurtured with the thought of philosophers, notably Emmanuel Levinas, Edmund Burke and Arthur Schopenhauer, the composer seeks, through his composing, the musical transcendence of philosophical concepts (L’éthique de la lumière, 2004; The Sublime, 2007). Performed in Europe, North America and Asia, his music is the result of prestigious commissions, including from the festival of Donaueschingen (Kontra-Gewalt, 2010), the French state (Entre l’émotion et la raison, 2012), and the Festival of Lucerne (Que la lumière soit, 2013).