Saman Shahi

Composer, Pianist and conductor


Two of my New song cycles will be performed in the next month in Halifax and Toronto:
January 20th: Breathing in the Shadow, Maureen Batt, Cheryl Duval, The Music Room, 8pm
February 4th: Moments, Fabian Arcinegas, Saman Shahi, Canadian Music Centre, 4 pm
February 14th: Breathing in the Shadow, Maureen Batt, Cheryl Duval, Heliconian Hall, 7:30 pm

Very excited to have received a Creation grant from the Toronto Arts Council. This grant will go towards composing a brand new piece for the amazing junctQin keyboard trio. 

Will be playing this Fun concert on December 3rd at the Canadian Music Centre !

Proudly taking part in Circle band's 2017-18 tour with "Passage" a two year long project.
Waterloo, November 12th, Toronto November 18th, Ottawa February 24th, Montreal February 25th.

I am thrilled beyond words!!!! I have been awarded a Commissioning Grant from the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario for my new Song cycle "Breathing in the Shadows" commissioned by the amazing singer, Maureen Batt, soprano. This song cycle is based on poems by female ( and female identifying) poets from oppressed regions and countries in the world. I am so excited to start working on this in the Fall !

Very proud to have "Land" a short film directed by Samira Kia, which I scored recently being premiered in the Montreal World Film Festival 2017!

I'm very excited for two orchestral performances of my most recent compositions this weekend in Toronto. On Saturday night, The Sarv Music Academy's String orchestra will give the World-Premiere to my "Lullaby on a cold Winter night" which they commissioned in 2016. On Sunday "Recall the Eden" which was a collaborative composition with the Iranian Canadian Composers of Toronto-ICOT and commissioned by Orchestra Toronto will also be performed at the Toronto Congress Center, George Weston Concert Hall.

What an amazing night and what a success ! 
Borrowed Tunes was a compelling and inspiring experience for me both as a performer AND a composer ! 

Thanks to all who supported ! 

Very Excited to bring "Borrowed Tunes" to you ! 
This concert will feature pianist and composer Saman Shahi alongside some of Toronto’s finest musicians, taking you through beautiful and exciting pieces of music. The program features works that composers Liszt, J. Corigliano, W. Lutoslawski, wrote using other composer's melodies. This concert also includes two news songs Saman has specifically composed for this concert using the poetry of Jelena Ćirić. Guest artists include Cathy Yang(Piano), Lyndsay Promane (Mezzo-Soprano), Bijan Sepanji (Violin) and Sina Fallah (Electric Guitar). Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at eventbrite (see link provided) as well as Sarv Music Academy at 2 Greenview Avenue.

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I was very delighted to learn that the Windsor Symphony Orchestra will be performing my recent composition, "Rhythmicization" which was recently performed by the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra last month, for their upcoming concert in April.

I have the pleasure of being both a composer and a performer in this concert. I will be performing Amin Honarmand's Clarinet Sonata with Peter Stoll. My Dialouge in Afshari for Clarinet and Electronics will also be Performed. 

My latest Orchestral piece "Rhythmicization" for Windsor Youth Symphony Orchestra will receive its premier performance on Saturday Febraury 17th in Windsor.

Very excited about the performance of "Recall the Eden", a collaborative composition I have done with the Iranian Canadian Composers of Toronto-ICOT for the Thirteen Strings Orchestra, Soprano, Tombak, Tar and Narrator next Friday, January 27th in Ottawa !

My Piano Concerto, "Zaagros" received its world-premier on Tuesday December 13th, and I could not have been happier with the results ! 
Special Thanks goes to the GGS New Music ensemble, Brian Current and Geoffrey Conquer.
Photo: Kevin Lloyd 
Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

It is official and I'm beyond thrilled about this. My very first Piano concerto entitled "Zaagros" will receive its World-premier performance at the Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw amphitheater on December 13 of this year. The amazing Glenn Gould New music ensemble, under the baton of Brian Current and with pianist Geoffrey Conquer. More details to be announced later on !

I am very excited to be selected alongside 4 other emerging composers to compose a short orchestral piece for the Windsor Youth Symphony orchestra for a public performance in February of 2017 ! 
Special thanks goes to the Canadian Music Centre as well as Peter Wiebe, WSYO's music director.

Recording Dr. Amin Honarmand's brand new Clarinet Sonata at Canturbury Studios with Clarinettist Peter Stoll.  August 22nd 2016.

 had the  pleasure of conducting the orchestra at the "Farhad Fridays" concert curated by the 360 Interchange Cultural at the Richmond Hill Centre for the performing arts on August 19th 2016.

Two very different performances in 12 hours:
Parvaz Homay performance at the Toronto Centre for the arts, George Weston hall with the symphony orchestra,

Circle Band noon hour concert at Dundas Square.

Both very fun ! 

Two upcoming performances of my work in May of  2016:
Sounstreams canada and Regernt Park School of Music Perform my "What if" for Soprano and Piano on May 13th at the Salon 21 concert.
Iranian-Canadian composers of Toronto and Ladom ensemble will give the world premier to my "Elegy for the falling" leaves on May 26th at the Toronto Centre for the arts.

Thank you Canada Council for the Arts for the generous Professional Musician grant ! 
I am beyond happy for this opportunity !

happy to be informed that Cheryl Duval and Maureen Batt will be touring my "Fevered Ashes" for Soprano and Piano based on the poetry of Forough Farrokhzad in Philadelphia, Toronto and Halifax from May-August of 2016! 


February is a very busy month, and hopefully some of you can make it to some of these exciting concerts that I will be a part of across Ontario.

-Circle Band: "My Enigma" CD release in Waterloo (February 7th), and Ottawa( February 20th)

-ICOT: "The Thirtieth Act", ICOT's next performance at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in Toronto featuring new works by the ICOT composers performed by ICOT's chamber musicians and Afarin Mansouri as soprano soloist. February 19th.

- Keyan Emami's Composition DMA recital: "Swimming in Darkness" on February 24th at the University of Toronto, featuring some of Keyan's most recent compositions. A truly exciting and superb hour of new music performed by amazing musicians. Not to be missed !

-Kiwanis Festival 2016, Children's Choir section: I will accompany the Blythwood Junior choir at this year's competition for the second year in the row on February 24th...Fingers crossed this time !

Really glad to have my most recent composition for guitar solo being featured in this concert ! 


I am extremely thrilled to announce that I have received a Chalmers Professional Development grant from the Ontario Arts Council. This Fantastic grant provides me with the opportunity to study composition with the world-renowned composer, Behzad Ranjbaran at Juilliard school in New York for an intensive period of time.

Very pleased to announce that my short piano work "Chaotic Dream" was selected to bte performed as part of Vox Novus 15 year festival in New York on October 24th 2015.

exciting concert featuring the music of three Canadian teenage composers, ( From my composition studio)  Julia Ford, Cindy Chen and Lauren Greenberg performed by the students of the Regent Park School of Music
This concert also has a very special guest, Christos Hatzis who needs no introduction in the world of contemporary music. There will be a Performance of his "In The Fire of Conflict" for Marimba and electronics.
Admission is free to this event.

Guest Performers: Leslie Bickle, Soprano
Daniel Morphy, Percussion

I will be taking part in Tirgan 2015 primarily with the Iranian-Canadian composers of Toronto in Tirgan 2015.

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Iranian-Canadian composers of Toronto, ICOT will be taking part in the CMC on the 13th at the Canadian Music Centre this Saturday June 13th at 5:30 pm. I will performing 6 new and exciting pieces of music by Canadian composers !
Also Pouya Hamidi will give a world premier of my "Mingling Leaves" a short piano piece that I jave recently composed for this concert.

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Recording for The Circle Music Band- گروه موسیقی دایره at Bamahang Recording Studio with Reza Moghaddas and Shahab Baradaran for their upcoming album.

Gearing Up for a big Piano oncert at the Canadian Music Centre on the 13th of June as part of the CMC on the 13th Concert series ( and the Final Concert of the series as well ! )

Had such a blast performing with the circle band on February 1st in Waterloo.

Performing with ICOT with the National Ballet of Canada's YOU DANCE for 17 shows from January to May.
Betty Oliphant Theatre

This December 5th in Toronto With the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto !
St.George Anglican Church, 5350 Yonge st., 7:30 pm

On Sunday August 31st I have the pleasure of playing a concert with Clarinetist Bahar Tavasoli. The concert will include pieces from Eastern Europe all the way to Asia.
This concert will take place at the Canadian Music Centre's national office on 20 St.Joseph St in Toronto.

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July 25 2014: I have the honor of having two recently commissioned songs of mine "Brown Mouse" and "What If" by the Regent Park School of Music being performed tonight at the Canadian Music Centre's National Office in Toronto. This community initiative was made possible through the Brock Foundation's generous financial help. This project commissioned Dean Burry, Brian Current, Juliet Palmer and I to compose pieces for Piano and singers, with the poetry that the students of the school had created. These pieces were workshopped and rehearsed by the help of the coaches in the school, and will receive two performances in the next few days in Toronto.
This collection of songs will be published under the Canadian music Centre's Publication.

The month of May (coincidentally the month of my birthday) is going to be  very exciting and busy in terms of upcoming performances and premiers. Hope to see you at some of these events:

Saturday May 10th: Cardinal Carter Academy, Toronto, Ontario     3 pm

The Canadian Music Centre in collaboration with the Ontario Band Association will perform my “Petite Suite” for Wind Ensemble .

Thursday May 15th: Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton , Ontario       7:30 pm  ( This event is free)

During the “What Next” New Music Festival curated by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, I, along with the members of the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, ICOT will perform a series of piano music, which will include my “ Miniatures for Piano Solo based on the Radif.”

Saturday May 24th: CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario           8 pm

The one and only Canadian Men’s chorus will perform my “Three Quatrains by Omar Khayyam for Men’s Chorus”.  This will be a world-premiere of this piece !

Saturday May 24th: P.C.O Theater, Scarborough, Ontario                       8 pm

The National Ballet of Canada’s YOU Dance company, in collaboration with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony orchestra and the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, will present “5 Tableaux of Khosrow and Shirin” ; a love story told through the powerful choreography of Lindsey Fischer .

This will also be a world premiere of this work for Ballet dancers and symphony orchestra.

I had quite a bit of fun with the Del o Jan choir on Saturday April 19th at the Earl Haig Secondary School, where I played for a crowd of 450 people some really beautiful music and new arrangements of older melodies.
Watch out for this choir ! They are awesome !

I am very excited to have been commissioned by Greg Rainville from the Canadian Men's Chorus to compose a piece for their May 24th concert at the Glenn Gould Studio.

I have the pleasure of playing in the PING/ Heather Schmidt Release concert this Thursday, November 28th at 7 pm at the Canadian Music Centre. I will be playing a piece by Monica Pierce for double bass ( Alex Kotyk) and Piano. This concert will also features performances by Shauna Rolston and Heather Schmidt as well as a few other colleagues.

Hope to See you there !

I will be playing ta the Nuiut Blacnhe 2013 along with the Iranian-canadian Composers of Toronto at the Canadian Music center located at Yonge and St.Joseph on October 5th.

I am very privileged to be part of the opening concert pf the 2013 Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium with my piece " A Dialogue in Afshari" for Clarinet and fixed media ( tape).

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