KAREN KEYHANI - CURRICULUM VITAE


Date of Birth

23 June 1979, in Tehran (Iran)

Nationality

Iranian

 Contact

Apt.11, No.5, Mirvali Alley., Moghaddasi St., Niavaran(Bahonar) st., Tehran, Iran

(+98)21-22709810

(+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

- Candidate of the Barbad Music Award for the best contemporary music album (for "Only That Spark and Nothing More"), 31st Fajr Music Festival, February 2016

- Finalist of the 5th USAIHCC (USA International Harp Composition Competition), one of the six finalists out of 116 submissions, January 2016

- Winner of the 30th SCI (society of composers) CD series competition, October 2015

- Candidate of the best Iranian contemporary music album of the year for "Only That Spark and Nothing More", Our Music Celebration, Tehran, October 2015

- Winner 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 Performance

Notation in 20th Century - First semester of 2015-2016 Academic Year

- Tehran Music School for Girls

 Member of Jury in Entrance Exams , Tehran, 2014 - 2015

- University of Arts, Tehran - Department of Composition

 Composition based on Persian traditional music elements, First semester of 2014-2015 Academic Year

- 14th GMTH Congress, HEM(Geneva University of Music), Geneva

Keynote Speaker; "Three Approaches on Persian Classical Music Theory", October 2014

- 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 - As Far As Possible, for santour and ensemble (12 instruments),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 - Night Raven, for horn, bassoon, marimba - Persian Dance, for trombone, horn, cello, tombak - Breeze of the Morning, for tenor, piano and violoncello - Good Morning, for clarinet, cello -  The Last Color, for flute, piano, Ghavaal, for piano, cello - Thou Knowest, for mezzo-soprano and piano - The Last Drop of Sound, for violin and violoncello - Hejrani, for flute and piano - Only That Spark and Nothing More, for solo oboe - Nightly Monologue II, for solo harp - Nightly Monologue III, for solo trombone - Hejrani II, for solo flute - 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)

- As Far As Possible, for santour and ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble; Sandro Gorli: Conductor, Venice Biennial,  Venice, Italy  October 2016 

Hejrani II, for solo flute, Juliet Brunet-Jaily, Art Gellery of the University of Tehran, July 2016

Tho Knowest, for for mezzo-soprano and piano , Akiko Kozato: mezzo soprano, Adele D'Aronzo: piano, Risuonanze Festival, Udine, Italy May 2016

- Nightly Monologue I, for solo oboe, Catherine Pluygers, i'klectik art-lab, London, January 2016 

Nightly Monologue III, for solo trombone, Risuonanze festival, Udine, Geneva, June 2015

Hejrani , for piano and flute, Ensemble MATKA, Foundation L'ABRI, Geneva, February 2015

Hejrani , for piano and flute, Elodie Virot: flute, Layla Ramezan: piano, Kresge Hall , Pittsburg , U.S.A, February 2015

Thorough The Rainy Road , for Solo piano, Layla Ramezan, Roudaki Hall, Tehran, Iran, December 2104

- String Quartet No.2, YCMF festival 2014, Post Graduate Indonesian Institute of Art Concert Hall, November 2104

In the Midst of Bubble, performance in collaboration with Bahareh Raeesi (Painter), Etemad Gallery, Tehran, October 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


MUSIC FOR MOVIE AND THEATER

- A River Passed Through My Seasons

by Abtin Salimi Tari, 2015

- Felfel Nabin Che Rize! (musical theater for children)

by Alireza Jafari Maram, 2012


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A SANTUR PLAYER (SELECTED LISTING)

- Santour soloist in "as Far as Possible" for Santour and ensemble(by: Karen Keyhani), Divertimento Ensemble; Sandro Gorli: Conductor, Venice Biennial of Contemporary Music, Venice, Italy, October 2016

- Santur soloist in "Iranian Music Between Past and Present" concert in collaboration with Mehraein Ensemble of traditional music, Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy, October 2016

- 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

"Modes" (various artists), The 30th edition of the celebrated Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, Navona Records, U.S.A, August 2016

"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

SCI (Society of Composers), USA
Cimbalom World Association (CWA)
Iran Music House




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