«Γεννημένος στο Λονδίνο το 1978, ο Hooshyar Khayam ανήκει στη νέα γενιά των πιανιστών-συνθετών του Ιράν. Στο άλμπουμ “Strings” παρουσιάζονται έξι έργα του. Ας τα δούμε ένα-ένα. α. “Stained glass” έργο για πιάνο (Julietta Vardanyan) και StringOrchestra με κινηματογραφική αφήγηση, που συνδυάζει δυτικά και oriental στοιχεία, με έμφαση στον μελωδικό διάκοσμο, β. “Autumn Sonata”, έργο για βιολί (Lusine Aghababyan) και πιάνο με έντονα λυρικά και ρομαντικά στοιχεία, γ. “Chang”, έργο για τσέλο (Aram Talalyan) και πιάνο, κατά βάση μια συνομιλία πιάνου-τσέλου, όπου εκτός από τον λυρισμό ανιχνεύεται και πειραματική διάθεση με στοιχεία jazz-improv στο “Movement II”, δ. “Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra”, ένα μεγαλειώδες έργο, με βαθιά παιξίματα στο τσέλο (στο “Movement II” ακούμε αραβική κλασική μουσική), ε. “Winter Sonata”, μελωδικό για τσέλο και πιάνο, ωραίο αν και κάπως παλιομοδίτικο και στ. “A Proper Opening” (για String Quintet) ένα αλέγκρο και οπωσδήποτε ευχάριστης διάθεσης έργο. Το άλμπουμ είναι ζωντανά ηχογραφημένο στο Komitas Chamber Music Hall, τον Μάρτιο του 2010, στο Yerevan της Αρμενίας.»
Khayyam, [Hooshiyar ]: pianist “Born in London (1978), Khayam belongs to the new generation of pianists and composers of
Iran. He has worked under the supervision of many pianists and piano professors namely Gagik Babayan, Raphael Minasekanian,
Farman Behboud, and Davoud Djafari. In his Bachelor degree in Persian Music in Art University of Tehran, he had the
supervision of Hooshang Zarif, Hadi Montazeri, and Davoud Ganjehyi amongst others. Hooshyar is active as a pianist in
classical repertoire, and in contemporary music. The highlight of his performances are pianist of the “Inty Contemporary
Orchestra”, conducted by Mark Gibson (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music CCM) 2005, Pianist of the “Concert Orchestra”
Conducted by Xian Zhang 2003-4, numerous solo recitals, chamber concerts, and as soloist of concerti in Tehran, Cincinnati,
Pittsburgh, Berlin. He has done his Masters in Composition and his Doctorate in Composition and Conducting both from
University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He taught for three years as teaching Assistant in Theory and
Composition Graduate programs of University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music, and now teaches in Composition and
Ensemble departments of Art University of Tehran. Released works (Hermes Records) : Tatari, Clouds, Thousand Acacias”
Από το http://www.iranianmusicheritagemovement.com/, μια πρώτη ιδέα για τον Hooshyar Khayam:
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.