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Hooshyar Khayam

Hooshyar Khayam (b. 1978, Bedford) is an Iranian-British musician. He is active as a composer, pianist, teacher, and producer. His music is in contemporary classical, fusion/world music, and in music for film and theater.

Hooshyar teaches piano, composition and theory from beginner to advanced.

Finalist of the “Queen Elisabeth International Composition Competition (2013), first prize award winner of “Franz Schubert and Modern Music International Composition Competition (2011), finalist of the Mauricio Kagel International Composition Competition (2013); and selected “Top of the World Albums” by Songlines.

Prior to founding his own label, Khayam worked with Hermes Records alongside a few other publications on solo and collaborative albums. Khayam founded Tehran Records in 2015 to produce and to promote music of Iran today, and to to bring attention of the audience in Iran towards other musical genres and literature.

Khayam has BM in Persian Music from University of Art in Tehran; AD in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London; MM and DMA in Composition from College-Conservatory of Music Cincinnati, and currently is a doctoral student in Orchestral conducting in University of Montreal, as well as lecturer in Carleton University. He lives in Ottawa.


BIO: Hooshyar Khayam (b. 1978, Bedford England) is an Iranian musician.

He is active as composer, pianist, music director, conductor, and ethnomusicologist.



– Doctoral Student in Orchestral Conducting, Université de Montreal (started 2020)

– Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of

Cincinnati (2005)

– Master of Music in Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2003)

– Bachelor of Music in Ethnomusicology, University of Arts, Tehran (1999)

– Associate Diploma, Piano Performance, Trinity College of London (1996)


Competitions and Fellowships:

– OICRM Doctoral Scholarship Recipient (2021) Université de Montréal

– Composer in Residence, Festival 4020 “Traumstadt” Linz, Austria (2017)

– Finalist of “Queen Elisabeth International Composition Competition” Brussels (2013)

– Finalist of “Mauricio Kagel International Composition Competition” (2013)

– 1st prize winner of International Composition Competition “Franz Schubert Und die Musik der

Moderne” Graz, Austria (2011)


Academic Activities:

– Contract Instructor, Carleton University Ottawa (2021-2022)

– Visiting Scholar, Carleton University Ottawa (2020-2021)

– Guest Composer, Universität der Kunst Graz (2012)

– Assistant Professor, Music Department, University of Art, Tehran (2005 - 2011, 2013 - 2015)

– Visiting Professor, Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia (2011 – 2012)

– Lecturer, CMPCP Conference, University of Cambridge (2011)

– Honorary Visiting Fellow, City University of London (2011)

– Artist in Residence, Goethe Institute Berlin (2010)

– Lecturer, School of Advanced Study, Institute of Music Research, University of London (2010)

– Teaching Assistant, Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2002 –




– Record label publications include 30M Records, Hermes Records, Tehran Records, Universität Der

Kunst Graz, Doberman-Ipan.

– Founder and art director of independent record label Tehran Records (2015)

For complete list of publications and record labels please contact directly.

Selected Performances:

– Music performed/recorded by Kronos Quartet, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Soloists (SPCO),

Moscow Virtuoso Strings, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra,

Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra.

– Performances by various artists including Stephen Prutsman, Evgeny Bushkov, Hossein Alizadeh,

Anja Lechner, ECM artists, Berlin Staatsoper soloists, and others.

For complete list of performances please contact directly.

Language Proficiency:

– English (Native), Persian (Native). Equivalent B1 level in French speaking and comprehension.

Reading and grammatical knowledge in German, Spanish, and Arabic