Shahriyar Jamshidi, Composer and Kamanche Player
Shahriyar was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1971. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Art University of Tehraan in 1998. He started to learn Kamanche under the supervision of Mahmood Merati and later Ardeshir Kamkar, Hadi Montazeri, Mojtaba Mirzadeh and Munis Sharifov. Shahriyar worked with several music ensembles and musicians like the Chakad ensemble and Bahman Rajabi. In 2003, he founded the Dilan music ensemble (derived from the name of Kurdish musician Ghader Dilan). The Dilan ensemble has held several concerts in Tehran, Iran. Shahriyar’s works include Alvanati (2004) and Call of the Mountain (2008). He has also performed on several well-known Kurdish TV channels including KTV, Norooz, and Kurdsat and has been a devoted composer whose goal is to preserve the ancient music history of Kurdistan. He has written several articles that were published on the Internet and non-digital magazines like Chel Avaz. He has recently moved to Canada with a hope to introduce his art to a wider multicultural society. He has performed at various events including, the Iranian Heritage Day at Royal Ontario Museum on May 2013 and Tirgan festival on July 2013 in Toronto, Canada.