Emerging Professional, holding a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto in Composition.
Co-founder and Executive Manager of ICOT ( Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto).
Active pianist, composer, Tar player, arranger and conductor.
“Interlude” commissioned by Toronto Multicultural Orchestra, Tirgan Festival, March 2019, Toronto
“In Search of” commissioned by Spectrum Music for Choir and Jazz trio, February
23,24 2019 Toronto, Hamilton.
“New Horizon” for Scarborough Philharmonic Winds, March 30 2019
“The Journey: Notes of Hope” an Opera by ICOT. November 2018, Toronto
“Rumi Fables” alongside ICOT and Ladom Ensemble, Agha Khan Museme, September
2018, Nuit Blanche
“Etude No.1” Piano Solo, performed on April 30 at the Glenn Gould School of Music by
Marina Simeonova and May 14th at the University of Tehran by the composer.
“Smog” Commissioned and Performed by the West Buck Choir, April 2018 as well as Cantabile chamber Singer in March 2019, Toronto, Pennsylvania,
“Microlocking” Commissioned by the junctQin keyboard trio through Toronto Arts
Council, and Ontario Arts Council March 2018 in Waterloo, August 2018 Toronto.
“Three Songs” performed in Toronto February 2018. Commissioned by Fabian
Arcinegas based on poetry by Jelena Ciric.
“Breathing in the Shadows” Song cycle performed in Toronto, Halifax, Philadelphia
Winter of 2018. Commissoned by Maureen Batt through Ontario Arts Council.
“Land” film score in 2017 Montreal World Film Festival, August 2017
“Body Answer” and “Smile” for mezzo Soprano and Piano, April 25th 2017 , New
York, May 7th Toronto
“Rhythmicization” for Windsor Youth Symphony February 18th 2016- Windsor, repeat
performance by Windsor Symphony Orchestra April 7th 2017
“Concerto for Peace” for String Orchestra/full orchestra , solo soprano, Tar and
Tombak. Two performances : January 27th Ottawa, 13th Strings, and June 18th Toronto
Orchestra Toronto- Commissioned with ICOT
“Lullaby on a Cold Winter Night” for String Orchestra, SARV String ensemble,
Toronto June 12th 2017
“Zaagros” Piano concerto performed in Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw
Amphithatre by Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble, December 13th 2016
“Elegy for the falling leaves” performed in Toronto by Ladom ensemble May 26th 2016
“Feverd Ashes” performed in Toronto, Philadelphia, New York with Maureen Batt, Cheryl Duval as part of “Crossing Boarders: Blurred Relaities” concert series. March- May 2016
“Scherzo” for Solo Guitar at the Canadian Music Centre as part of Class Axe composition workshop. December 17 2015.
“Chaotic Dream” winner of the 15 minutes of fame presented in Vox Novous for Piano solo. New York, October 24 2015 as part of the 15 year Vox Nvous Festival.
“Mingling Leaves” for Piano solo on June 13th at the Canadian Music Centre and August 22nd at the Tirgan 2015 in Toronto.
“Trio in Chaargah” Performed 17 times from January to May of 2015, commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada.
“Overture” and “Postlude” performed by ICOT orchestra and Soprano Zorana Sadiq on December 5th 2014 as part “Secret of Solstice” concert.
“5 Tableux of Khosrow and Shirin Ballet” for the National Ballet of Canada’s YOUdance and Cathedral Bluff Symphony orchestra. May 24th 2014
“3 Quatrains for Men’s Chorus” for the Canadian Men’s chorus, CBC Glenn Gould Studio May 24th 2014.
“When We Fall” for the Canadian Contemporary Music workshop, CCMW April 2013.
“ Variations based on a distracted melody” for Contact Ensemble, June 2013.
“Operatic Narrations of Arash the Archer” as the Opening ceremony of the 2013
Tirgan Festival. A Collaborative opera with ICOT. July 2013.
University of Toronto New Music Festival 2013 as well as the Toronto Electroacoustic
Symposium in the Summer of 2013 , Clarinetist Peter Stoll performed “Dialogue in Afshari” for Clarinet Bb solo and tape.
Festivals: Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival, Tirgan Festival, Hamilton Philharmonic
New Music Festival “What Next” 2014, Nuit Blanche 2013, University of
Toronto New Music Festival 2011.
Ensembles: Toronto Multi-cultural orchestra, Iranian National Orchestra and
Choir, Toy Piano composers, Gamut Ensemble (Large Ensemble and Chamber) , ICOT Orchestra , Del o jan Choir, Sarv Choir, Blythwood juniors choir, Toronto Metro Big Band, Circle Music band, Claude Watson Concert orchestra, Margaritas Chamber ensemble,
Accompanist for the Del o Jan choir and Blythwood Junior school and Sarv Choir.
Chamber Music Coach at the University Settlement
Tirgan Nowruz Festival Opening concert, 2018
“Tribute to Farhad” at the Richmondhill Centre for the Performing arts, Summer
Delojan choir coach and accompanist, 2015-17
Northdale Concertband, Winter performance, October 2012.
Gamut Ensemble Conductor in Residence, 2011-12
Professional Member of the Canadian League of Composers, CLC.
Professional Member of SOCAN.
Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre, CMC.
Executive Manager and co-founder at the Iranian-Canadian Composers of
2019 Juno Awards Judge- Classical large ensemble section
FACTOR Jury member
Member of Alliance of Canadian New Music (ACNM) board of directors.
Toronto Creative Music lab, TMCL 2018 selection panel.
Invited lecturer at the University of Tehran's Fine Arts faculty, May 2016 and
May 2018 as Composer as well as Pianist.
Jury member for recording grant at the Ontario Arts Council, January of 2015.
Composition workshops given at Larurier University Faculty of Music (Kitchener
ON) and Sarv Academy ( Toronto)
Composer in Residence ( as well as Affiliate conductor) for the Northdale Concert
band, directed by David Bourque in 2011-12.
Assistant conductor for Gamut ensemble in 2011-12.
Awards and Recognitions
2018 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant
2018 Ontario Arts Council commissioning grant
2018 Toronto Arts Council Creation Grant
2017 Ontario Arts Council, Commissioning Grant
2016 Canada Council for the Arts, Professional Musician grant
2015 Selected composer Vox Novous festival/Call for scores in New York
2015, Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers grant for professional development
2013, 2015 Tirgan Festival, Distinguished artist
2012 CMC/CLC composer mentorship project award.
2011 Winner of the Piano Pinnacle call for scores in Vancouver, BC.
2011 Beach Family scholarship for professional development.
2009 Kiwanis Gold in both Solo and Chamber composition competition.