About

— Meet the composer —

Photo credit: Zeinab Mawassi

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, 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”, “Chouifet Orchestra and Choir”.

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

PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course By “Cluster – Compositori interpreti del presente”, with the patronage of “MIUR – Ufficio Scolastico IX di Lucca e Massa Carrara”, and in collaboration with “Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli”, “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca”, “Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca”, “Teatro del Giglio di Lucca”, “EMA Vinci Produzioni discografiche, editoriali ed artistiche”

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)

List of works

ORCHESTRA

« WILADA, FA KIFAH » – Opus 9 – for French horn and orchestra (2020) (20’)
« WORKER’S MARCH » – Opus 5 – for Orchestra (2019) (13’30)
« KAMANJA » – Opus 6 – For violin and Oriental orchestra (2018) (6’)
« ORIENTAL SKETCHES » – Opus 2 – for orchestra (2017) (8’)

ENSEMBLE

« THE DREAM » – Opus 24 – Chamber Opera for 12 musicians and Tape (2021) (35’)
« ARABIC HETEREPHONY » – Opus 27 – For string quartet (2021) (13′)
« A CRY FROM THE FROZEN POLE » – Opus 14 – For baritone, violin, viola, and cello (2020) (5′)
« SAMA’I WAJDI » – Opus 22 – for Flute and Piano (2020) (5′)
« BEL ARFRAH » – Opus 11B – trio for French Horn, piano and violin (2020) (4’10)
« YA HNAYENA » – Opus 11A – trio for French Horn, piano and violin (2019) (5’35)
« A TUNE FOR AMER’S HORN » – Opus 10 – trio for Horn, piano and double Bass (2019) (8’30)
« THE UNSQUARE SUITE » – Opus 7 – suite for Wind Orchestra (2018) (14’)
« FOLK SUITE » – Opus 4 – suite for strings orchestra (2017) (15’)
« DANCE OF TIME » for flute, clarinet in Bb, vibraphone, violin, viola, and cello (2016) (6’)
« AZFAN MONFARIDAN » for baritone, piano, flute, alto sax, viola and cello (2014) (8’15)
« YA QDAMI MGHABARA » for violin, viola, cello, double bass and table (2014) (2’)
« NEUTRALISATION » for piano and violin (2013) (7’)
« LE PLUS JEUNE » for soprano, flute, clarinet in Bb, piano and cello (2013) (7’35)
« BALI MA’ AK » for Piano and violin (2013) (3’20)

SOLO

« SIKAH DANCE » – Opus 23 – For solo flute (2021) (1’00)
« THE MOURABA’ DANCE » – Opus 13C – For solo Viola (2021) (6’30)
« DABKET EL 2020 » – Opus 17 – short dance for solo instrument (2020) (0’30)
« THE KHOSH RANK DANCE » – Opus 13B – For solo Cello (2020) (9’30)
« THE AWISS DANCE » – Opus 13A – For solo Bass flute (2020) (6’40)
« MAJNOUN LAYLA » – Opus 12 – suite for piano and optional Req (2020) (16’)
« ORIENTAL SKETCHES » – Opus 2 – suite for piano (2017) (14’)
« TAQASSIM » – Opus 1 – suite for recorder’s family and harpsichord (2015) (17’)
« PENDIATONISM » for solo piano (2014) (2’20)
« RESONANCE » for guitar solo (2013) (2’)

VOCAL

« DA’WATOU MAWTEN ‘ILA L ‘ASHAA’ » – Opus 18 – 6 lieder for female voice and piano, text by Zanoubia Zaher (2021) (27′)
« TWO LEIDER » – Opus 3 – for Mezzo and piano, text by Zeinab Mawassi & W. Abou Diab (2014) (11’)

ELECTRONICS

« TAFA’IL » – Opus 21 – For prepared piano and Tape (2020) (8’15)
« WILD PAETZOLD » – Opus 8 – for Contrabass recorder and tape (2019) (12’46)
« OOF MEN BEIRUT » electro – acoustique (2017) (8’03)
« PALESTINIEN » electro – acoustique (2016) (1’19)

MUSIC FOR MOVIE, DANCE AND STORIES

« THE STORY OF SAFIYAS’ HOUSE » dance music for choreographer and performer “Preeti Vasudevan” based on storytelling by elderly Lebanese (2020) – (6’40)
« THE STORY OF MOHAMMAD NAJIB EL-SEIN » dance music for choreographer and performer “Preeti Vasudevan” based on storytelling by elderly Lebanese (2020) – (5’10)
« THE STORY OF CHARLOTTE HADDAD FARHAT » dance music for choreographer and performer “Preeti Vasudevan” based on storytelling by elderly Lebanese (2020) – (6’10)

BOOKS

« ARABIC FOLK TUNES » – Opus 16 – For Solo Piano (2020)
« LONGA AND SAMA’I WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT » – Opus 15 –  (2019)
« SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS » – for piano – volume 1 & 2 (2018)

ALBUMS

« DA’WATOU MAWTEN ‘ILA L ‘ASHAA’ » – Opus 18 – 6 lieder for female voice and piano (2021) (27′)
« Samme’na Shi Mna’erfou » 16 tracks album for solo piano with Pianist Ramzi Hakim (2021) (45’)
« DANCES FOR AN ASSYMMETRICAL WORLD » include opus 1 to 4 and two bonus tracks (2019) (66’)
« IRTIHAL » 10 tracks album with Abbas Kassamany (2016) (47’)
« 7IJAZZ » 8 tracks album with Fer’it 3a notta (2015) (35’)

ARRANGEMENTS

« Arabic Suite» 4 arrangements for wind duos and Orchestra – (2021) (8′)
« A TRIBUTE TO ZAKI NASSIF» 15 arrangements for “Zaki Nassif Orchestra and choir” – (2020) (55′)
« LEBANESE MEDLEY» a special arrangement for Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra and Tunisia 88 Honors Choir – (2020) (8’)
« MA’ OUDI » For Oud and Oriental Orchestra – By Mazen Salha (2020) (6’)
« FIRST ANNUAL CONCERT » 16 arrangements for “The L.H.C.M. student’s orchestra” – (2020) (65′)
« INNER RHYME » 5 pieces for Violin, viola and Strings orchestra – By Layale Chaker (2019)
« BEIRUT CONCERT » a special 14 arrangements for “Atfal Al Soumoud Kid’s Orchestra” – (2019) (55′)
« TWO LONGAS » for flute and jazz trio – By Riyad Al Sonbati and Adham Afandi (2018) (8’)
« MA BA’DA AL HOLM » For Oud and Oriental Orchestra – By Abbas Kassamany (2018) (7’)
« VARIATION ON BENT AL SHALABIYA » For Orchestra – By Nabil Jaafar (2018) (8’)
« QUITA » For Concert Band – By Micheal Labaki (2018) (3’20)
« LOAD » For Concert Band – By Micheal Labaki (2018) (4’05)
« 3 CLASSICAL ARABIC SONGS» arranged for the Lebanese oriental students’ orchestra (2017) (20′)
« OUBOUR » For Oud and Oriental Orchestra – By Abbas Kassamany (2017) (8’)
« DABKEH » For Orchestra – By Nabil Jaafar (2017) (2’)
« LIBER TANGO » for piano duet/ Strings orchestra – By Astor Piazzola (2017) (3’30)
« OUD FANTASIA » For Oud and Oriental Orchestra – By Abbas Kassamany (2016) (8’)

Many Arabic Songs and Classic Arabic music pieces orchestrated for philharmonic Orchestra, oriental orchestra, school bands and different ensembles including strings orchestra, concert band, and chamber music as Quintet, Quartet, Trio, and Duo.

You can download Wajdi Abou Diab detailed CV by pressing below
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Photo credit: Zeinab Mawassi