Elias Haddad is an award winning Lebanese pianist, and composer. The instrumental music that he creates can be considered as progressive as he synthesizes and tries to build on influences from various musical styles ranging progressive rock/metal/jazz, classical romantic, impressionist, and minimalist music.
A stubborn classically trained piano student, Elias disliked taking piano lessons as a child but preferred improvising and playing the tunes that sing from within.
“I do not dare to play a piano piece in front of him because he will play it by ear and let go of the music sheets” Marion Zein, the piano teacher Elias remembers to this day.
His influences are numerous and from all kinds of musical worlds ranging from classical to progressive metal and jazz to modern day minimalists like John Adams, and Philip Glass. The wide range of influences along with the free will of Elias and his unwillingness to follow a certain set of rules or guidelines in creating music results in truly free sounding compositions.