Ahmed El Saedi (Music Director) 

El Saedi’s international debut took place, in 1982, conducting the Slovak Sinfonietta at theWiener Konzerthaus in Vienna.  Since then, he has collaborated as a guest conductor with over fifty international orchestras and opera companies all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), the Suk Chamber Orchestra, the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Société Philharmonique de Montréal (Canada), the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica (Milan), the Orchestra da Camera Florentina (Florence), the Sofia National Opera, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Othmar Suitner (conducting), Friedrich Cerha (composition) and Franz Eibner (theories of Heinrich Schenker).  He has also studied conducting and musical phenomenology with Sergiu Celebidache in Germany.

Maestro El Saedi has performed in many prestigious halls, such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein Wien, Österreichischer Rundfunk Grosser Saal, Berlin Philharmonic, Liederhalle (Stuttgart), Ötkerhalle (Bielefeld), Kieler Schloss (Kiel), the Ateneul Roman (Bucharest), the Rodolfinum (Prague), the Place des Arts Théâtre Maisonneuve (Montréal) and the Royal Opera House Muscat. Moreover, his participation in festivals such as the Festival Lyrique de Saint-Céré (France), Nuits Musicales du Suquet (Cannes, France), Zagreb Summer Festival (Croatia), the Plovdiv Verdi Festival (Bulgaria) and the IItti Festival in Finland has been met with standing ovations.  He has also collaborated with many outstanding soloists such as: Markus Schirmer, Nikolai Petrov, Christina Ortiz, Stefan Vladar, Husseyin Sermet, Naum Shtarkman, Abdel Rahman El-Basha, Kjell Bakkelund, Christian Altenburger, Anastasia Tchebotoreva, Franco Maggio Ormezowski, Paul Meyer, Laura Mikkola etc...

El Saedi’s perspective engagements include the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Opera Orchestra, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, The BA Chamber Orchestra with which he will undertake a European tour in March 2014 to Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

His permanent engagements have included the Wiener Virtuosen Chamber Orchestra (1986-1988), The Egyptian Chamber Orchestra (1989-1995), the Cairo Symphony Orchestra (1991- 2003) and since 2003, the newly founded Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Egyptian Sinfonietta.

He was also the founder and mentor of the Cairo International Workshop for Orchestral Conducting (2001 & 2002), of the Arabic Perspectives Festival of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra (2002 & 2003), and the artistic director of the Cairo Music Competition (2004-2010). Also, he was the mentor of the Workshop for Perspective Band Conductors in Bahrain (2007). 

Maestro El Saedi’s discography includes Alexander Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto in E-flat Major, op. 109 (1931), the Piano Concerto (1959) and Intermezzo from the opera Anas Al-Wogood (1966) by the Egyptian composer Aziz El Shawan (1916-1993), concertos for double bass and orchestra by Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889), Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi (1755-1818) and Giovanni Battista Cimador (1761-1805) with soloist Gerd Reinke, Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine symphonies, five piano concertos and Choral Fantasy, op. 80, featuring Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa as soloist.

El Saedi’s compositions, which have been performed internationally with great success, include works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music ensembles, voice and works for the media. His Prologue for Full Orchestra commissioned by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra was met with standing ovations at its premiere in May 2014.

His achievements have been recognized in a broad range of awards including the Villa-Lobos Centennial Medal from the State of Brazil (1988), the State Prize for Composition (1995) and the State Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts (2000) from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, and the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art (2004).

Maestro Ahmed El Saedi is the chairman of the Egyptian Philharmonic Society, which, since 2004, has become a serious platform for presenting musical activities of international caliber.

He is also the chairman of the Pro Classica Tonkunst Verein in Vienna, Austria since 2012.

Since July 1st, 2014 he is the new Music Director of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

His vast repertoire spans from the early baroque through symphonic masterworks to world premieres by contempory composers.   Repertoire


Cairo Symphony Orchestra
Cairo Opera House, Gezira
Postal Code 11211
Cairo - Egypt
P.O. Box 11567 El Borg
Tel:  (+202) 27390 157 , 077 ,073, 088, 084
Fax: (+202) 27390 186 , 089, 27370599