Saed Haddad was born to Christian parents in 1972 in Jordan and now lives in Germany. Following studies in philosophy in Belgium, he studied composition in Jordan, Israel and finally in the United Kingdom, where he completed his doctorate with George Benjamin. Further formative experiences included attending master classes with Louis Andriessen, Helmut Lachenmann and Pascal Dusapin, among others. Saed Haddad’s compositions question the tension between the Orient and the Occident and especially the concept of the “other”. He has been composer-in-residence at international festivals and his works are played internationally by renowned ensembles. Saed Haddad is a recipient of the venerable Prix de Rome and was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik prize.