— Meet the composer —

As a composer, my goal is to create timeless pieces that bridge the past and present through classical contemporary music. My work is deeply rooted in musicology, which allows me to bring a unique perspective to each composition. But more than just creating beautiful pieces, I believe that music has the power to shape our cultural landscape and connect us to our history. Through my work as an educator, I strive to pass on my passion and knowledge to the next generation of musicians and ensure that classical contemporary music continues to evolve and thrive.


Wajdi Samir Abou Diab, an artistic visionary hailing from Lebanon, draws inspiration from his dual cultural background in Arabic Levantine and Western classical music. born in Lebanon in 1991 and graduated from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music (LNHCM) with diplomas in Piano and Music Composition, where he learned from respected teachers such as Elia Koussa, Joelle Khoury, Jad Riashi, Jamal Boul-Hosn, Sevag Derghougassian, and Janna Popkova. In addition, he is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Musicology of tradition from Antonin University under the supervision of Professor Nidaa Bou Mrad. Wajdi’s personal experiences and love for both the Arabic Levantine musical culture and the Western classical music culture led him to write his own unique music, which echoes the Arabic Mashriq musical history.

He has been recognized by the international music community through numerous accolades from competitions such as the first prize in the 2022 Emerging Composer Competition by Rising Tide Press and the International Women Brass Conference for his compelling composition “Folk Story” for Brass quintet, as well as special mentions from The Gaetano Giani Luporini prize and the American Viola Society’s Gardner Music Composition Competition for “The Dream” (chamber opera) and “Al Mouraba’ Dance” (solo viola) respectively. He has also received honorable mentions and special prizes from such platforms as the LIMF Composition Competition and “Cergy Pontoise orchestra-studio”. His work has been selected for various CALLS FOR SCORE such as “Deterritorializing the Realm of New Music”, “Ri Ra”, Cypress concert band call for score, and David Bohn’s and Talla Rouge’s 15 Minutes of Fame. His residency programs by CCF and Unesco as part of the NAFAS-ACCR program have also resulted in gaining opportunities such as month-long residencies at Cite Musicale De Metz (March 2022) and Cite Musicale De L’abbaye Aux Dames De Sainte (April 2022) making France more musically enriched thus gaining him the maximum advantage for his music career.

Wajdi shines as an Arranger/Orchestrator who introduces Arabic music to non-Arabic musicians and audiences, linking the two cultures of Western and Oriental influences resulting in many tributes to the greatest musicians of the Arab world like Zaki Nassif, Wadih El Safi, Om Kolthoum, Abed El Wahab, Rahbani Brother, Feyrouz, and many others. His piano books “ARABIC FOLK TUNES”, “LONGA AND SAMA’I”, and “Wadeeh El Safi – the Songwriter” are created to introduce pianists and classical musicians to Arabic music, and his orchestral arrangements of Arabic folk tunes, popular and classical songs, and traditional and classical Arabic instrumental music have been performed in Arabic and non-Arabic countries.

An Artistic Director and Conductor, Wajdi effortlessly set his musical standards for his ensembles and orchestras by giving equal importance to technique, musicality, discipline, and repertoire. Founding the Beirut Contemporary Ensemble, Choueifat Band and Choir (CBCLEB), and Orchestra Al Mokhaym shows his diversified experience in working with all types of musicians from Professionals to beginners, with a repertoire spanning from classical to contemporary music, Arabic Folks, World Music, and film music.

Because of his belief in the power of music to engage with society, he has launched initiatives focusing on providing solutions for music education and creating more opportunities for young musicians to change society through music. His initiatives such as FREE MUSIC EDUCATION FOR ALL and THE LEBANESE LIVING COMPOSER’S CHANEL have built the trust and support of many patrons who believed in his projects and goals, earning him grants such as AFAC, the FREEMUSE mini-grant, CULTURAL RESSOURCES exceptional grant, and the support of the GOETHE institute, the CPML, the CCF, and the likes.

Wajdi has also dedicated his life to music education. He worked as a piano, music formation, and harmony teacher for over 8 years in the LEBANESE HIGHER CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC and several schools such as BAHRAIN BAYAN, HARIRI, and TAHADDI schools, where he discovered and practiced many music pedagogies. Wajdi applies these methods in his classes of music theory, choir, and musical formation, which enables him to develop his unique teaching philosophy and techniques in both individual and group classes, putting traditional and folk music at the center of his education pedagogy.

Wajdi’s passion for art and learning led him to study and work in various technological fields such as music technology, music production, video editing, recording, mixing, mastering, and music notation, among others.

Wajdi firmly believes in collaboration, leveraging his experiences as an opportunity to learn and share his experiences. He has collaborated on long-term projects with international groups, organizations, and artists, such as International Contemporary Ensemble, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lebanese Oriental Orchestra, the Talla Rouge duo, the Austrasia Quartet, the Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra, Tunisia 88 Honors Choir, the White Snake Project, Music For Identity, The San Jose Lullaby Project, Forum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte Transnational, choreographer and performer “Preeti Vasudevan”, Oudist Abbass Kassamany, pianist Kaiyin Huang, Violist Noemie Chemali, Pianist Ramzi Hakim, Violinist Ann Vedi, trumpetist Vasilis Nalbantis, French Horn player Louis Verchere, pianist Ramzi Hakim, Pianist Seba Ali, French horn player Amr Selim, among others. Wajdi’s collaboration also includes long-term participation in the World Music Conference (international, based in the UK) as a music ambassador for his country Lebanon.

Wajdi Samir Abou Diab is a proud member of many musical organizations, including the ACAN network, the MILLENNIUM COMPOSERS INITIATIVE (MCI), the Boston new music initiative (BNMI), and the SMCPL.

Prizes | Grants | Honors

2023BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC VIDEO Award from the Euro Music Video Festival for the music video of “The Awfar Dance” for solo violin
2023Recipient of The Arab Fund For Arts And Culture – AFAC’s 2022 Music grant program for his album “16 vertical poems” for piano
2023“Audience Favourites” prize for his piece “Tafa’il” after being selected for the “Prismatic Congruency” concert series by Boston New Music Initiative
2023Selected for the call for score by VoxNovus Fifteen-Music-Of-Fames –  featuring Tala Rouge esenmble for his piece “Raqsa Qassira” for two violas
2022“Special Mention” from The Gaetano Giani Luprini prize for his chamber opera “The Dream” after premiere at Puccini Chamber Opera Festival – Lucca Italy
2022“First Price” for his piece “Folk Story” for the brass quintet in the Rising Tide and the IWBC emerging composer composition competition
2022Recipient of the “Small-changes” grant from the FREEMUSE for his project “Free Music Education For All”
2022“Honorable Mention” for his piece “Al Moraba’ Dance” for solo viola, after he participated in the Gardner composition competition 2022 by the American Viola Society
2022Selected for the call for score by Mata festival with the International Contemporary Ensemble for his piece “A Tune for Amer’s Horn” for French Horn, Piano, and Violin
2022Selected for the call for proposal by Sing Out Strong – The White snack Project, and commission for his piece “A-Nap-By-The-Beach kind of guy” for Tenor and Piano
2022Selected for the call for score by the “New Music Mosaic” project for his piece “Ya Hnayena” for French horn, piano, and violin.
2022Selected for the call for score by Mata festival for his piece “A Tune For Amr Horn” for French horn, piano, and double bass
2022Selected for the call for composer “Three Wind” by the ARC project, for his piece Arab-Borescent Symmetry for wind trio (Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet in Bb)
2022“Honorable Mention” and the “Special Prize By Cluster” (Alternate) for his piece “Cry from Frozen pole” for Baritone, piano, violin, viola, and cello, on a poem by Shadi Sawwan, after participation in the LIMF Composition Competition 2020
2022Selected for the call for score by VoxNovus Fifteen-Music-Of-Fames – third set featuring David Bohn for his piece “Dinner with the death” for Ty Piano
2021Selected for the call for score for West Asian Composers, Deterritorializing the Realm of New Music”, by Anoush Moazzeni and the Canadian Music Center (CMC Ontario), for his piece “TAFA’IL” for prepared piano and tape
2021Selected for the call for score by David Bohn project (“20 Seconds of 2020”) for his piece “Dabket El 2020” for solo Clavinet
2021Selected for the call for score by Dustin White project (“Ri Ra” album) for his piece “The Awiss Dance” for solo Bass Flute
2021Winner of the exceptional grant from the Culture Resource in collaboration with poet Zanoubia Zaher for his song cycle album “Da’watou Mawten ‘ila l ‘asha’ “
2021Selected for a commission by the White Snake Projects- Sing Out Strong: Remembered Voices for his piece “A Nap-By-The-Beach Kind Of Guy” for Tenor and Piano.
2019Selected for the call for score by Cypress symphonic band for his piece “The Unsquare suite”
2019Winner of the Ear composition competition – New York for his piece “Folk suite” for strings orchestra
2013Appreciation certificate from “Cergy Pontoise orchestre-studio” after he participated in the “12eme rencontre internationale des Jeunes compositeurs” in Cergy Pontoise

On the Press

TV interviews

30-5-2022| Mariam TV | وجدي ابوذياب | عالموعد
10-2-2022| وجدي أبو ذياب | احلى صباح | تلفزيون لبنان
13-6-2022| AL ARABI TV | وجدي ابوذياب | صباح جديد
6-4-2021 | MTV | Alive | وجدي ابوذياب
16-4-2021| Mariam TV | وجدي ابوذياب | عالموعد
31-3-2021 | OTV | وجدي ابوذياب | يوم جديد
12-5-2021| وجدي ابوذياب | احلى صباح | تلفزيون لبنان
29-3-2021| وجدي أبو ذياب | احلى صباح | تلفزيون لبنان
19 -1-2018 | وجدي أبو ذياب | احلى صباح | تلفزيون لبنان
6-8-2021 | MARIAM TV | وجدي ابوذياب | شنتال فرنسيس الصافي | عالموعد
7-8-2021 | MTV | Alive | وجدي ابوذياب | شنتال فرنسيس الصافي
حكيت الصورة عن مجنون ليلى لوجدي ابو ذياب – صوت كل لبنان


Agenda Culturel – Zeina Kayali – 12 December, 2021Wajdi Abou Diab et la creation d’un langage musical
Agenda Culturel – Zeina Kayali – 6 April, 2021Samme’na Chi Mnaa’rfou, album de Ramzi Hakim et Wajdi Abou Diab
La Gazzeta De Lucca – 4 June, 2022Si conclude il sesto ‘Puccini Chamber Opera Festival
Verde Azzurro Notizie – 19 May, 2022quarto appuntamento col Puccini Chamber Opera Festival
Al Arabi AL Jadeed – Ali Morali – 16 May, 2021السلم والمقام وصرخة من القطب المتجمّد
CIM Programming Advisory Committee and Resources – Sami SeifFive Emerging Lebanese Composers you should know
Al Modon – Khodor Hassan – 13 March, 2021سمّعنا شي منعرفه… هكذا صُنع ألبوم البيانو الشرقي افتراضياً
Bchoufk – Farah Hassanieh – 10 March, 2021صرخة من القطب المتجمد للمؤلف وجدي أبوذياب تحصل على جائزة ورتبة شرف من ايطاليا
Bchoufk – Farah Hassanieh – 10 November 2020صفوف موسيقى عن بعد: مبادرة مجانية يطلقها المؤلف الموسيقي وجدي أبو ذياب
L’Orient Le Jour – Zeina Kayali – January 28, 2022Les compositeurs libanais de musique savante ont désormais leur plateforme numérique
Kawa News – January 21, 2022A digital platform for composers in Lebanon
AL Anbaa – March 10, 2021سمعنا شي منعرفوا ألبوم جديد للمؤلف الموسيقي وجدي ابو ذياب وعازف البيانو رمزي حكيم
L’Orient Le Jour – Zeina Kayali – June 21, 2022Les Musicales du Liban clôturent en beauté l’édition du printemps à Paris
L’Orient Le Jour – Zeina Kayali – June 6, 20224e édition des Musicales du Liban à Paris

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