Hooshyar Khayam…an Iranian pianist (bio)

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HOOSHYAR KHAYAM (b. 1978) is an Iranian pianist and composer. He was born in London into a family of artists. His father Massoud Khayam is a novelist, and his mother Pariyoush Ganji painter.

His family left England and returned to Iran after the Revolution where he has lived and studied the major part of his musical education.

Khayam is active as pianist, as composer, and as improvisor and collaborator in contemporary classical and world music. His music has been performed by Hossein Alizadeh, Aram Talalyan, Wayne Foster-Smith, Todd Palmer, Artur Avanesov, Stephen Prutsman, and the Kronos Quartet among other artists.

His works include music for solo piano, chamber works, large symphonic ensembles, string orchestra, improvisational works, vocal works, music for film and theater, and arrangements/revisions of traditional music of Iran.

Khayam’s released albums include “Tatari” (Hermes Records, 2007) «Thousand Acacias» (Hermes Records, 2010),“All Of You” with Amir Eslami (Hermes Records, 2010), «Sea’s Seven Days» (Contemporary Music Records, 2010), «Verses of the Night» (Contemporary Music Records, 2011), «Prayers» with Dusan Bogdanovic (Doberman edition, 2012), «Strings» (Hermes Records, 2012), and has appeared in number of other albums together with various artists.

He has been performed at Lincoln Center, Spoleto, Stefaniensaal Graz, University of Cambridge, University of London, and has hold concerts in Moscow, Tbilisi, Kiev, Berlin, New York, Charleston, Florence, Graz, Linz, London, Yerevan, and Tehran. His larger compositions have been premiered by Naregatsi Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Tehran Philharmonic, and Tehran Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The production of Chekhov’s «Ivanov» (2012) (Mehr Theater Group, director Amir Reza Koohestani) with original music by Khayam has been on a yearly tour in Iran with over 40 performances in the capital, and is scheduled live performance Festival Theaterformen Hanover (Germany) and Bozar in Brussels for the 2013 summer season.

His filmography include original music to animation «Namayesh» (2003) by Elika Hedayat, documentary film «These Days, Those Days» (2011) and video-art «Exhale» (2013) by Pooya Arianpour, «Monir» (2013) by Bahman Kiarostami (featuring Khayam’s second string quartet, performed by Kronos Quartet), «Tajrish Unfinished» (2012) by Pourya Azarbayjani, and «Two Cold Meals for One» (2009) by Amir Azizi. His music was also used in British Museum video survey of the «Digitalization of Persian Archives» in 2012.

He is the finalist of «Queen Elisabeth International Composition Competition» (2013) for his piano concerto «Before the Dream is Over», first prize award winner of «Franz Schubert and Modern Music International Composition Competition» (2011) for his trio «I Waited for You in Rain», finalist of Mauricio Kagel International Composition Competition (2013), Winner of «Culture and Music Critic’s Prize: Tehran’s best album of the year» for «Tatari» (2007), and 4-star review «Top of the World Albums» by 75th issue of Songlines for his album «All of You» (with Amir Eslami, 2011) as distinctive music of Middle East.

As a pianist Khayam has recently taken the task of premiering and recording works by contemporary classical composers of Iran, and those from other countries. This includes the world premiere of «Cantilena and Fantasia» and «Six Illuminations» by Dusan Bogdanovic (Serbia) which has appeared in the album «Prayers» (Doberman edition, 2012), «Five Piano Pieces» (1979, world premiere) by Mohammadreza Darvishi, «Haykus for piano» (2012, world premiere) and «Metamorphosis» (2013, world premiere) by Ehsan Saboohi, «His Name is Man» (2010, world premiere) by Karen Keyhani, among others.

During his work as lecturer in department of ensemble studies University of Arts Tehran, Khayam has coached major repertoire of chamber music from classical to contemporary, and has appeared himself as the pianist to the final recitals of Masters students performing duo sonatas from Franck, Prokofiev, Piston, Martinu, Bridge; duo pieces from Roussel, Georges Hüe, Artur Avanesov, and concerti from Brahms, Sibelius, Ravel, Britten, Barber, and Shostakovic.

Khayam holds a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He previously taught for six years (2006-2011) as faculty member in composition at Art University Tehran, and is currently working as an independent artist.

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