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
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.