Waleed Howrani was brought up in Beirut where he studied piano, theory, harmony and solfege privately while engaging in trials of his first opuses. At thirteen, he came to the attention of the late composer Aram Khachaturian, who arranged for him to receive scholarships to study piano at Moscow’s Central Music School and the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, and to listen to Khachaturian’s master classes in composition.
By the time Howrani was nineteen, he had been awarded the Certificate of Honour at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and the Laureate at the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition, paving the way to concert tours in the former Soviet Union, East and West Europe, the Middle East, as well as in the Americas.
After settling in the United States in 1973, Waleed Howrani pursued his lifelong interest in creating music by studying with the late composer William Albright of the University of Michigan, and attending seminars by Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom. As a composer, he has been the recipient of a number of honours, including the Michigan Council for Arts award for his Animal Rags for piano, the Artistic Excellence award from Wayne County, MI, the Khalil Gibran Fine Arts Scholar award, and a grant from the Hariri Foundation for his Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Strings and Percussion. Howrani was a finalist in the 1990 Nissim/ASCAP Composition contest and in 2002 he won first place in the National federation of Music Clubs, Youse Adult Composers contest for Introduction and Fire Dance for Piano.
Personal / Publisher website: http://www.waleedhowrani.com
Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Strings and Percussion, 1990
Hikaya Raheeba, (Alarming Story), 1986 Piano
Animal Rags, 1988 Piano
Bayoogie Woogie, 1993 Piano
Lebanese Rhapsody, 1995 Piano
Alma Mater, 1998 Piano
Nemo’s Symphony, 2003 Piano
Fire Dance, 2005 Piano
Exotica for Alto Saxophone & Piano, 1982
Life Cycle for Flute & Piano, 1984
Works available in Library
- Concerto for Alto Saxophone,Strings and Percussion – Score & Parts
- Side By Side
- Lebanese Rhapsody
- Alma Mater