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Congratulations to the 
2016  CAPMT Commissioned Composer
Saad Haddad

Moments into the first work I heard of Saad Haddad's, I was moved. His music has emotional depth, is innovative and provocative, is skillfully crafted and infused with a unique voice. I am thrilled that he has accepted this commission and will be representing CAPMT in the Distinguished Composer of the Year Award. I look forward to the premiere of his commissioned work at the CAPMT Conference in October.

Craig Richey
CAPMT Commissioned Composer Chair


"After completing several orchestral works over the past couple of years, I am elated to begin immersing myself in this new work for flute, viola and harp, in what will be a new chapter of discovery for my musical voice."
--Saad Haddad
Biography :
Saad Haddad (b. 1992) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic music that 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.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season included Haddad's Carnegie Hall debut with the American Composers Orchestra for his commissioned work, Manarah, the Milwaukee and Columbus Symphony's performances of Kaman Fantasy (version for orchestra), and the New Juilliard Ensemble's premiere of Takht. Other performances included the premieres of Nekavim, for two digitally processed percussionists and dance, Thulathi, for piano trio, and Shifting Sands (version for trumpet and electronics).
The 2016-17 season will feature performances of Manarah by the Princeton and Columbus Symphonies, as well as residencies at the Millay Colony in upstate New York, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico. His recent distinctions include a Jerome Fund Commission 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, 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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