Composer of contemporary music
Born on January 22, 1962 in Dar-el Mraisseh, Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon , officially the Republic of LebanonRepublic of Lebanon is the most common term used by Lebanese government agencies. The term Lebanese Republic, a literal translation of the official Arabic and French names that is not used in today's world. Arabic is the most common language spoken among...
He achieved his first musical studies at the National Conservatory of Beirut. He received B.A. of Philosophy and literature at the American University of Beirut.
He left his war torn country in 1982 to settle in Paris (France).
In 1985 he received B.A. degree in musicology at the Sorbonne University.
He then joined the Conservatoire de Paris
The Conservatoire de Paris is a college of music and dance founded in 1795, now situated in the avenue Jean Jaurès in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, France...
. He mastered the essentials:
Harmony, counterpoint, fugue, orchestration, analysis and composition with Edith Lejet (Harmony, Fugue), Bernard de Crepy (Counterpoint), Paul Mefano (Orchestration), Jacques Casterede and Alain Louvier (Analysis), and Alain Bancquart (Composition) where he obtained Six awards and the "Diplome Superieur" in Composition.
Contemporary Music Composer
Between 1992 and 1994 he participates in the Ferienkurse fur Musik of Darmstadt where he worked with Brian Ferneyhough
Brian John Peter Ferneyhough is an English composer. His music is characterized by the extensive use of complex rhythmic tuplet notation which features in all his works...
, and obtained the Stipendien Prize 94 in composition.
In 1995, he followed the computer music courses at the IRCAM
IRCAM is a European institute for science about music and sound and avant garde electro-acoustical art music. It is situated next to, and is organizationally linked with, the Centre Pompidou in Paris...
and became a member of the IRCAM Forum where he contributed in 1999, by writing the Om2Csound library for controlling synthesis through OpenMusic
OpenMusic is an object-oriented visual programming environment for musical composition based on Common Lisp.It may also be used as an all-purpose visual interface to Lisp programming.-History:...
environment. He then wrote OpenMusic's reference and tutorial.
In 1996, he composed Ce qui dort dans lombre sacrée pour contrebasse
for Radio France
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Recently 2005 he wrote the First act for the opera Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence
Libretto : Jonathan Safran Foer
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First performance: September 2005, Berlin Staatsoper, Berlin, 2005
He is still working at IRCAM as a technical advisor for Ircam Forum and continues to compose contemporary classical Music.