About

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Wajdi’s music exhibits an echo from the Arabic Mashriq musical history, in a modern language that imitates the contemporary unbalanced world, reflecting the contradictions, beauty, and brutality within it. And it searches as well for inspiration in the elements of Arabic music such as Maqamat, rhythms and Taqassim, as well as in classical Arabic language and rhythms of poetry, which results in a unique Contemporary Oriental music language.

Born in Lebanon in 1991, got his license in piano in 2014, then in Music Composition and electronic music in 2016, from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, and is currently continuing his studies in piano and bassoon performance in the same conservatory where he also teaches piano, harmony and music theory.

He’s also the principal conductor, art director, and arranger for “Beit Atfal Al Soumoud Kids’ Orchestra”, “the Lebanese Higher Conservatory Orchestra and Choir – Choueifet branch”.

Education

CNAM UNIVERSITY – LEBANON – Master in Civil engineering

ANTONINE UNIVERSITY – Lebanon – License in Musicology

THE LEBANESE HIGHER CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – Lebanon – License in music composition (Elia koussa / Joelle Khoury)

THE LEBANESE HIGHER CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – Lebanon – Music Technology course (with Jamal Bou l Hosn)

THE LEBANESE HIGHER CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – Lebanon – License in piano performance (with Sevag Derkaghosian / Janna Popkova)

THE LEBANESE HIGHER CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – Lebanon – student in bassoon performance

Online certificated courses

Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensemble By The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Evan Feldman) via coursera

Introduction to Classical Music (Craig Wright) By Yale University via coursera

Adventures in Classical Music – Music Appreciation for All By William Neely via Udemy

Become a Master Conductor – Leading Musicians Made Simple By MusicProfessor Online Music Lessons via Udemy

Orchestration By Jonathan Peters via Udemy

Music Production II – Music Production Workflow – COMPLETE By Mitch Houston via Udemy

Orchestration 1: Compose Orchestral Music for Strings By Karleen Heong via Udemy

Prizes

Winner of 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 (2020 – 2021)

Winner of the call for score by David Bohn project (“20 Seconds of 2020”) for his piece “DABKET EL 2020” for solo Clavinet (2020 – 2021)

Winner of the call for score by Dustin White project (“Ri Ra” album) for his piece “THE AWISS DANCE” for solo Bass Flute (2020 – 2021)

“HONORABLE MENTION” and the “SPECIAL PRIZE BY CLUSTER” (Alternate) for his piece “Cry from a frozen pole” for Baritone, piano, violin, viola, and cello, on a poem by Shadi Sawwan, after the participation in the LIMF Composition Competition 2020,

Winner of the 2019 – 2020 Cypress Symphonic Band Call for Scores for his piece “The Unsquare Suite” for Concert Band (2018 – 2019)

Winner of the Ear composition competition – New York for his piece “Folk suite” for strings orchestra (2018 – 2019)

Appreciation certificate from “Cergy Pontoise orchestre-studio” after his participation representing the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in the event “12eme rencontre internationale des Jeunes compositeurs” in Cergy Pontoise (2013)

Photo credit: Zeinab Mawassi