KAREN KEYHANI - CURRICULUM VITAE


Date of Birth

23 June 1979, in Tehran (Iran)

Nationality

Iranian

 Contact

Apt.10, No.28, North Ashkestanpour St., Andarzgoo Blvd., Tehran, Iran

(+98)21-22208657

(+98)912-2957922

Karen.keyhani@gmail.com




FORMAL EDUCATION

University of Arts, Tehran
M.A. in Composition 2006 - 2009
Thesis: "Requiem for Symphonic Orchestra"
Distinctions: Best Composition Thesis of the (The ministry of Science, Research & Technology, Tehran, Iran); Distinguished Alumnus for the Year 2009 (University of Arts, Tehran)

Arts & Architecture Azad University, Tehran
B.A. in Traditional Music of Iran 2001 - 2005
Thesis: "Rondo for Symphonic Orchestra"
Distinctions: Distinguished Alumnus for the Year 2005 (Arts & Architecture Azad University, Tehran)

GRANTS - AWARDS

- Winer of Black House Collective composers competition(Kansas, U.S.A), April 2014
- Project development Grant, Service cantonal de la culture(Republique et canton de Geneve), September 2013 – January 2014
- Artist in Residence Grant, Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva, September 2013 – January 2014
- Best Composition Thesis Award, University of Arts, Tehran, October 2010
- Special mentioned composer, Risuonanze Festival, Italy, April 2013

SELECTED TEACHING AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

- University of Arts, Tehran - Department of Composition
 Orchestration in Contemporary Music, Winter 2014 -
- HEM(Geneva University of Music), Geneva - Department of Ethnomusicology
Lecturer - "Dastgah System in Persian Traditional Music", Autumn 2013
- HEM(Geneva University of Music), Geneva - Department of Ethnomusicology
Lecturer - "Persian Regional Music", Autumn 2013
- Tehran Music School for Girls, Tehran
Music History, 2012 - Present
- University of Arts, Tehran - Department of Composition
Analysis and Composition, 2011 - Present
- ISI University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (During YCMF 2010)
Lecturer - "Modal Structure in Persian Traditional Music", 2010
- University of Applied Science and Technology, Tehran (Department of Music)
Analysis, Music History - Member of Jury in Entrance Exams (2010 - 2011), 2008 - 2012
- Ghasedak Music Institute, Tehran
Founder and Santur Instructor, 2006 - Present

COMPOSITION

(SELECTED COMPOSITIONS)

Rondo, for orchestra - Requiem, for orchestra - Kist ?, for traditional vocalist and orchestra - Concerto Santur, for santur and string orchestra - I’m The Spring and You’re The Earth, for piano, flute, oboe, cello, horn, piano - It’s Raining, for 10 to 14 Performers - Ten Variations, for string quartet - . . . and His Cuff was damp with Tears . . .,for string quartet - To Her Beautiful Eyes, for string quartet -Homayoun, for Persian string quartet (kamancheh I&II, alto gheichak, bass gheichak) - Insomnia, for flute, oboe, cello - Alone, for flute trio - Persian Dance, for trombone, horn, cello, tombak - Good Morning, for clarinet, cello - The Last Color, for flute, piano, Ghavaal, for piano, cello - Only That Spark and NothingMore, for solo oboe - Baang, for solo bassoon - Snow man, for solo flute - Sonata No.2, for piano -Paeiz, for solo santur - True Morning, for santur, setar, oud, kamancheh, quichak, damam, traditional vocalist, narrator, piano, cello and electronics.

PERFORMANCES (SELECTED LISTING)

Nightly Monologue I, for solo oboe, Stuart Breczinski, Mise-en festival, New York June 2014
- Nightly Monologue II  for solo harp, Marta Marinelli, Risuonanze festival, Udine, Italy, June 2014
The Night Raven, for horn, bassoon and marimba, Maroon Trio, Black House Collective,Kansas, May 2014
As Far As Possible, for Santur and ensemble, Matka ensemble, Elena Schwarz coductor, Usine Kugler,Geneva, November 2103
Only That Spark and Nothing More, for oboe, Catherine Pluygers, London New Win Festival, London, September 2013
The Last Color, for flute and piano, Retrospective concert , Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, May 2013
Requiem, Transcription for piano for hands, Hooshyar Khayam & Karen Salajegheh, Vahdat Hall, Tehran, May 2013
To Her Beautiful Eyes, for string quartet, Scheherazade Quartet, Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, May 2013
and His Cuff was Damp with Tears, for Persian string quartet, Chargan Quartet, Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, May 2013
Felfel Nabin Che Rize, Musical Theater for Children, directed by: Alireza Jafarimaram, Niavaran Hall, Tehran, December 2012
Homayoun, for Persian string quartet and percussion, Chahargan Quartet, Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, October 2012
His Name Is Man, for Piano four hands, Marya Octavia Rosiana & Ross Cary, FCMF festival, Yogyakarta, Java, October 2010
String Quartet No.2, Talalyan string quartet, Komitas Hall, Yerevan, June 2010
- Alone, for flute trio, Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival, Java, Indonesia, October 2009
White, for Piano, Kaveh Salehi, Tehran University of Arts, Tehran, March 2008
- Silence, for flute, Shaghayegh Sadeghian, Nahaleh Roudaki, Tehran, April 2007

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A SANTUR PLAYER (SELECTED LISTING)

- Santur soloist in "as Far as Possible" for Santour and ensemble(by: Karen Keyhani), Matka ensemble, Geneva, November 2013
- Solo improvisation, Usine Kugler, Geneva, November 2013
- Santur player in "Pardis" musical project in collaboration with Tehran Chamber Orchestra,
- Hamid Motebasem; composer, Bardia Kiaras; conductor, August 2013
- Santur meister, traditional orchestra of ministry of colture, Jalil Andalibi; conductor, Tehran, January 2004 – January 2005
- Santur player, traditional music ensemble, Jalil Andalibi; conductor, Tehran, 2002 – 2003
- Founder, conductor and santur player, Mehraein traditional music ensemble, Tehran, January 2000 – Present

PUBLICATIONS (SCORES)

- "The Last Color" for Flute & Piano
Part Publication, Tehran, 2014
"Only That Spark and Nothing More" for Solo Oboe
Part Publication, Tehran, 2013

DISCOGRAPHY

"Only That Spark and Nothing More", Selected Works for Ensemble (2010-2012), Arqanoon Records, Tehran, May 2014
- "Possible Worlds II (various artists)", "And His Cuff was Damped With Tears"( for Persian String, Quartet),
Spectropol Records, Washington, January 2013
- "Verses of the Night (Hooshyar Khayam)", "His Name is Man"( for Piano four hands),
Contemporart Music Records, Tehran, January 2011
"Sunset at Early Morning ", In memorial of Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Puya Jalali; Producer, Tehran, January 2008

LANGUAGES
Persian: Native Language
English: Fluent
Arabic: Intermediate

MEMBERSHIPS
Cimbalom World Association (CWA)
Iran Music House




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