Howrani, Waleed (b. 1948). American-born Lebanese composer, now resident in the USA, of mostly piano works that have been performed in Europe, the Middle East and North America; he is also active as a pianist.
Mr. Howrani studied piano privately with Sonia Vertabedian and Zvart Sarkisian in Beirut. He then studied harmony and theory with Salvador Arnita and solfège with Tawfiq Sukkar at the National Conservatory of Music in Beirut and piano with Oleg Ivanov at the Central Music School in Moscow, where he graduated with high honors. Next he studied piano with Emil Gilels and Yakov Zak at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow from and there earned a post-graduate degree in piano performance and teaching. He also attended masterclasses with Aram Khachaturian in Moscow, who arranged for him to study at the Central Music School and Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He later had private studies with William Albright in Michigan and attended seminars with Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom.
Among his many honors as a pianist are a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition (1966), a Laureate at the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (1968), the Prize of Said Akl (1968), and the Lebanese Medal of Merit (1969). He also received First Prize in the WDEQ-FM Piano Competition in Pittsburgh (1975) and the city of San Diego proclaimed Waleed Howrani Day on April 13 (1986). In addition, he earned First Prize in the Youse Adult Composers Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs (2002, for Introduction and Fire Dance).
For his overall artistic work, he has received the True Spirit Award from the 500 Club for Lebanon in Los Angeles (1991), the Artistic Excellence Award from Wayne County in Michigan (1992), two Khalil Gibran Fine Arts Scholar awards (1992-93), and the Lebanese Medal of Cedar (1999). Most recently, the Beirut City Lions Club honored him for his accomplishments in music (2000).
As a pianist, he has performed in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA. He often plays his own music and other new music, as well as many standard pieces.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS: ORCHESTRAL: Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Strings and Percussion, 1990. CHAMBER MUSIC: Exotica, alto saxophone, piano, 1982; Life Cycle, flute, piano, 1984. PIANO: Hikaya Raheeba – Alarming Story, 1986; Animal Rags, 1988; Bayoogie Woogie, 1993; Lebanese Rhapsody, 1995; Alma Mater, 1998; Introduction and Fire Dance, 2001; To Bach (Prelude and Invention on a Theme by Ziad Rahbani), 2003. DISCOGRAPHY: Animal Rags. Waleed Howrani, piano (self-released, 1993). Lebanese Rhapsody. Waleed Howrani, piano (self-released, 1996). Alma Mater. Waleed Howrani, piano (self-released, 1999).