Conductor and opera composer who was a member of Egypt's third generation of composers. He was named Director of the Arts Center in 2001 for the brand-new Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
He rose to prominence as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Cairo Opera Orchestra.
He made an appearance in the Youssef Chahine film 'Skoot Hansawwar' from 2001.
His sister Eilsa was a child actress.
He was making the same kind of artistic inroads in his country as German composer Richard Wagner had in his a century earlier.