Hooshyar Khayam
Biography

He is an Iranian musician. He is active as a composer, pianist, and conductor. His works are in contemporary classical, contemporary jazz, Persian/world music; and in music for film, animation, dance, and theater. Khayam’s music has been performed by Hossein Alizadeh, Aram Talalyan, Wayne Foster-Smith and others. Khayam has BM in Persian Music, University of Art, Tehran; AD in Piano Performance, Trinity College, London; MM and DMA in Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati. He lives and works in Tehran as an independent artist.

List of Works

Garden III for cello solo (2014)
Garden I for viola and guitar (2013)
premiered by Isabel Villanueva and Golfam Khayam
2013, Rudaki Hall, Tehran.
Garden II for cello and piano (2013)
premiered by Anja Lechner (ECM artist) and Artur Avanesov
February 2013, Eyvan-e Shams Hall, Tehran
Piano Trio no.1 (1997, revised 2013)
dedicated to Davoud Jafari
first performance by “Khayam Trio” (Negar Afazel, Athena Eshtiaghi, Hooshyar Khayam) September 2013 Rudaki Hall, Tehran
Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano (2012)
commissioned and premiered by Todd Palmer, clarinet & Stephen Prutsman, piano
Spoleto Festival (2012)
Piano Trio no.2 “I Waited for You in Rain” (2010)
first prize “Franz Schubert Und Musik der Moderne” international composition competition (2011)
Arco de Luna for two violins (2010)
“Jala” for Piano Quintet (2009)
Tribute to Rouhollah Khaleghi (Iranian Composer, 1906 – 1965)
A Proper Opening for string quintet (2007)
Premiered by Talalyan String Ensemble, 2010 Yerevan
Kubeh for String Octet (2006)
Two Pieces for Wind Ensemble (2005)
Cello Sonata no.2 “Chang” (2003)
first performance by Wayne Foster-Smith and Hooshyar Khayam, Berlin 2007
featured in “Clouds” (Hermes Records 2010)
Cello Sonata no.1 “winter” (1998)
first performance by Aram Talalyan (cello), Juilliet Vartanyan (piano)
Violin Sonata “autumn” (1997)

“Kalileh” Ballet in two acts, for symphony orchestra, narration, choir, and moving puppets (2014 – 2015)
commissioned and dedicated to LSCO orchestra, premiere on July 2015, Duluth, Minnesota
“Before the Dream is Over” for piano and orchestra (2012)
Finalist of Queen Elisabeth International Composition Competition (2013)
Serenade for Violin and String Orchestra (2010)
Concerto for Cello and Strings (2009)
premiered by Aram Talalyan (cello) and the Naregatsi String Orchestra
Komitas Chamber Music Hall, Yerevan
featured in “Strings” (Hermes Records 2012)
“Osyan” For Piano, Percussions, and String Orchestra (2008)
Commissioned by Hossein Alizadeh
First performance: Hooshyar Khayam (Soloist), Vladimir Syrenko (Conductor), Ukrain National Symphony Orchestra, December 2008, Tehran
“Torkaman” For Setar Trio and String Orchestra (2008)
Based on Setar music of Hossein Alizadeh
First Performance: Hossein Alizadeh, Masud Sha’ari, and Behdad Babai (Soloists), Vladimir Syrenko (Conductor), Ukrain National Symphony Orchestra, December 2008, Tehran
“Stained Glass” For Piano and String Orchestra (2007)
Commissioned by Parsian Ensemble
first performance:Hooshyar Khayam (soloist), Mazyar Zahireddini (concert master) Parsian Ensemble, 9-14 sept 2007, Niavaran Hall, Tehran
“Calm” For String Orchestra (2006)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2003)
“Suit Poetique” A Symphonic suit in four movements (2000)

String Quartet no.4 (2014)
to be premiered by Shahrzad String Quartet
Vahdar Hall, January 2015 (tentative date)
String Quartet no.3 “On the Seashore” (2014)
Tribute to Tigran Mansurian
– Moderato
– Scherzo
– Moderato
String Quartet no.2 “Monir” (2013)
Premiered by Kronos Quartet
March 29, 2013. Women’s Audio Mission San Francisco
intended as soundtrack to the documentary film “Monir” (to be featured 2014)
on life and works of the contemporary Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian
directed by Bahman Kiarostami
String Quartet no.1 “In the Whiteness of Our City” (2011)
in one movement

“Khodaavand-e Rakhsh” for narrator, voice, and Persian ancient instruments (2014)
A musical drama based on Shahnameh (The “Book of Kings”) by Hakim Abuʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (940-1020 CE)
(currently in Recording)
Stardust set of four songs on poems by Maryam Schumacher
first performance: Sara Boltz, Mezzo (Soprano), Hooshyar Khayam (piano)
Werner Hall, University of Cincinnati, 2003
Book of Lonely Songs
1. Window
(Poem by Reza Chaichi)
2. Blue
(Poem by Nazanin Bahadori)
3. Name for All the Birds
(Poem by Hiva Masih)
Aida Shahidi, soprano
Hooshyar Khayam, piano
(recorded 2006)
Rubaiyat for soprano and percussion ensemble
Based on Poems of Omar Khayam
First Performance 13th May, 2005, PCT Hall, College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati
recorded version sung by Aida Shahidi
Reeds for countertenor and piano
based on prose by Rumi
commissioned by Fih Ma Fih ensemble, “Rumi Festival”
first performance: Arasbaran Hall, Tehran, 26 – 29 oct. 2007
Tigran Mesropian, countertenor
Hooshyar Khayam, piano
Moones set of seven songs for voice and piano
based on Persian traditional music
in collaboration with vocal artist Tara Tiba, August 2010
partially published in “Prayers” (Les Editions Doberman-Yppan 2011)
Delbar set of twelve songs for voice and piano
based on Persian traditional music
in collaboration with vocal artist Farzaneh Joorabchi, April 2010
(under publication)

“Kaviri” (1993)
featured in “Clouds” (Hermes Records 2008)
Sonata no.1 (1999)
“Tatari” (2001 – 2006)
collection of piano works
Hermes Records 2007
Bahar Street (2003)
European premiere by Elina Bertina, 19 November 2013 in Riga, Latvia.
Sonata no.2 “Jazz Sonata” (2003)
“Thousand Acacias” (1996 – 2010)
twelve sonnets for piano
Hermes Records 2010
Sonata no.3 (2005)
dedicated to Hamed Mohajer
Sonata no.4 “en la memoria de un mar interminable” (2009)
“Sea’s Seven Days” (2009)
(in seven movements)
to the loving memory of Nemat Haghighi
Contemporary Music Records 2010
Pasacaglia “Ravi-e Khyal” (2011)
world premiere by Stephen Prutsman at “Late Night Elegy”
16 November 2011, Lincoln Center, Rose Hall, NY.

“Torkaman” For Setar Trio and String Orchestra (2008)
Based on Setar music of Hossein Alizadeh
first performance: Hossein Alizadeh, Masud Sha’ari, and Behdad Babai (Soloists)
Vladimir Syrenko (Conductor), Ukrain National Symphony Orchestra, 7-9 December 2008, Tehran
All Of You Music for Ney and Piano
in collaboration with Amir Eslami (Ney)
(Hermes Records 2011)
(****-) Songlines World Music Magazine, 75th issue (March-April 2011)
“Khodaavand-e Rakhsh” for narrator, voice, and Persian instruments (2014)
A musical drama based on Shahnameh (The “Book of Kings”) by Hakim Abuʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (940-1020 CE)
(currently in Recording)

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