Curriculum Vitae

Saman Shahi 

BaMus, MaMus University of Toronto, Composition, 

Faculty of Music 2010, 2012, 

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  • 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.
  •  Composition: 
  • “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.
  • Piano:
  • 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.
  • Conducting:
  • 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 involvements:
  • 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
    Toronto, ICOT.
  • 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.