ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival, Cologne, Germany, May 2024

Ensemble ColLAB conducted by Susanne Blumenthal will play Dârvag ( for oud and eight instruments) at ACHT BRŪCKEN Festival

Oud Soloist: Yasamin Shahhosseini

Monday, 6th of May at 18:00 in the HfMT Concert Hall, Cologne, Germany

Workshop on Dastgâh Concept in Persian Classical Music – Cologne, Germany, May 2024

 Workshop on “Concept of Dastgâh in Persian Classical Music”in collaboration with Yasamin Shahhosseini
Friday, 3rd of May 10:00-16:00 at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz,  Institut für Neue Musik,,Room 308, Cologne, Germany

Ultraschall Festival, Berlin, Germany, January 2024

Ensemble MAM manufaktur für aktuelle musik, conducted by Susanne Blumenthal will play Dârvag (editon 2024 for Tar and eight instruments) at Ultraschall Festival

Tar Soloist:  Milad Mohammadi

Saturday 20 January at 20:00 in the Radial System, Berlin, Germany

World Premiere of Dârvag  by Ensemble Proton Bern, Biel and Bern, Switzerland, February 2023

For the first concert of the 2023, ENSEMBLE PROTON BERN (conducted by Susanne Blumenthal) will play four pieces including three world premieres by Jannik Giger, Zeynep Toraman, Fredreic Rzewski  and Karen Keyhani.

Karen Keyhani’s Dârvag for oud and 8 instruments will be premiered in this concert.   Oud Soloist:  Yasamin Shahhosseini

Sunday 19 February  at 18:00, in the Farelhaus, Biel, Switzerland
Monday 20 February  at 19:30, in the PROGR Aula, Bern, Switzerland

Seminar on Dastgâh Concept in Persian Classical Music – Calgary, Canada, May 2022

Seminar on “Concept of Dastgâh in Persian Classical Music” at GMS (Graduate Music Society) Conference

University of CalgaryFaculty of Arts, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Music Department.

Invited Speaker: Karen Keyhani

May 10th, 2022

World Premiere of NahiM  for solo piano

37th Fajr Music Festival, Tehran, February 25th, 2022

 “NahiM” for solo piano will be premiered at 37th Fajr Music Festival on Monday 14 February in Roudaki Hall, Tehran, Iran

World Premiere of Zagros  by Ensemble MusikFabrik  and

Yasamin Shahhosseini, Cologne, Germany, January 2022

For the first concert of the 2022, Ensemble MusikFabrik  played four world premieres together with Yasamin Shahhosseini (oud), including Karen Keyhani’s Zagros for oud, flute, double bell trumpet, percussion and violin, on Monday 10 January in the KOMED Sall, at Mediapark, Cologne, Germany.
Ensemble MusikFabrik:
Daniel Agi; flutes, Marco Blaauw; trumpet, Dirk Rothbrust; percussion, Sara Cubarsi; violin

New Release: The Waste Land by Telesk Records, December 2020

Three pieces for bassoon by Iranian composers, including Karen Keyhani’s Thus Idle Land for bassoon and oud
Released by Telesk Records
Tehran, December 2020
The Recording is available in digital platforms worldwide, Hi Fi Audio and also in CD formats on following links:
BEEPTUNES Media Market Link (only in Iran)

Seminar on Persian Dastgah Music System – Ankara, Turkey, December 25th, 2020

 Dastgah Musical System as a Source of Inspiration

Bilkent University (Composition Department) 

Friday, December 25th, 2020

SIPA Festival, Solo, Indonesia, September 11th, 2020

And His Cuff was Damped with Tears for Persian string quartet will be performed in SIPA Festival (Indonesian premiere)

Live Streaming on: SIPA Festival YouTube Channel, September 11th, 2020
Ehsan Zabihifar: kamancheh 1
Keykhosro Mokhtari: kamancheh 2
Shima Shahmohamadi: alto gheichak
Bita Ghasemi: bass gheichak


Musik Im Museum Project, Duisburg, Germany, May 29th, 2020

Nightly Monologue No.3 for solo trombone will be performed in Musik Im Museum performance series (joint project of Duisburg Philharmonic and Lehmbruck Museum), Duisburg, Germany
Rocco Rescigno: trombone
Live Streaming on: Duisburger-Philharmoniker YouTube Channel , May 29th, 2020

World Premiere of My Spring Your Fall for oboe, Roudaki Hall, Tehran, November 7th, 2019

My Spring Your Fall for solo oboe will be premiered in Nazanin Ahmadzadeh‘s concert; Contemporary Music of Iran for Oboe and Ensemble

Roudaki Hall, Tehran, November 7th, 2019, 20:00
in this concert Nazanin will play compositions by:
Mohammad Reza Tafazzoli
Armin Sanayei
Rouzbeh Rafie
Shervin Abbasi
Karen Keyhani
Nazanin Ahmadzadeh: oboe
Karan Salajegheh: piano
Mohammadhadi Yousei; piano
Yasaman Koozehgar: cello

New Release: DIALOGUE by Mahoor Records, March 2019

Eight pieces by Iranian composers, for violin and cello  including Karen Keyhani’s The Last Drop of Sound 
Nivak Ensemble; Golriz Zarbakhsh violin, Zhabiz Zarbakhsh; cello
Tehran, March 2019
The Recording is available in digital platforms worldwide, Hi Fi Audio and also in CD formats on following links:
BEEPTUNES Media Market Link (only in Iran)

Receiving the Barbad Award for Best Classical Music Composer of The Year

The 33rd Fajr Music Festival – January 2018

In the Classical Music Composition category, the Barbad Award was shared by Karen Keyhani for his album “Garden of Leaflessness” and Alireza Mashayekhi for his album “Spectrum”.
Vahdat Hall, Tehran, 21st of January, 2018

World Premiere of  Bubbles No.1 for solo cello, Divertimento ensemble, Milan, March 2018

Bubbles No.1 (for solo cello) by Karen Keyhani will be premiered in Milan, Italy.

Soloist: Martina Rudic

GAM (Galleria d’Arte Moderna), Milan, Italy, March 18th, 2018

GARDEN OF LEAFLESSNESS (selected solo and chamber works) by Mahoor Records

Release Date: June 2017

Karen Keyhani: Garden Of Leaflessness; selected solo and chamber works (2013-2016)
Tehran, June 2017
The Recording is available in digital platforms worldwide, Hi Fi Audio and also in CD formats on following links:
BEEPTUNES Media Market Link (only in Iran)

 Hejrani for flute & piano, Risuonanze Festival, Italy, June 2017

Hejrani for flute and piano will be performed (Italian premiere) in Risuonanze Festival

Auditorium Venier, Pasian di Prato, Italy, June 18th, 2017

Nightly Monologue II for Solo Harp – New York City, April 26th, 2017

Karen Keyhani: Nightly Monologue II for solo harp will be performed at Mata Festival 2017
The Kitchen, NYC, USA, April 26th, 2017

As Far As Possible for santour and ensemble, Rondo 2017 – Milan, Italy

 Karen Keyhani’s As Far As Possible”  for santour and ensemble will be performed in Rondo event 2017
Divertimento Ensemble, condoctor: Sandro Gorli, Santour Soloist: Karen Keyhani
Auditorium San Fedele, Milano, March 10th, 2017 – 20:30

Meeting With Iranian Composers – Milano Conservatory, March 9th, 2017

Meeting With Iranian Composers
Keynote Speakers: Mehdi Khayami, Karen Keyhani, Alireza Farhang and musicians of Mehraein Ensemble (conducted by Karen Keyhani)
Talking about “Iranian Classical Music from Past to Present
in collaboration with Giuseppe Verdi di Milano (Conservatory of Music)
Via Conservatorio, 12, Milano – March 9th, 2017

The Last Drop Of Sound for violin & cello will be premiered by Nivak Ensemble 

Tehran – 15th & 16th December 2016

Nivak Ensemble will premiere Karen Keyhani’s The Last Drop of Sound for violin and cello
Roudaki Hall, Tehran, 15th and 16th December 2016
In this concert Nivak Ensemble will Premiere eleven compositions by:
Kiawasch Sahebnassagh, Karen Keyhani, Alireza Farhang, Mehdi Khayami, Rouzbeh Rafie, Idin Samimi Mofakham, Amin Honarmand, Behzad Ranjbaran, Paolo Longo, Alessandro Solbiati, Arshia Samsaminia
Nivak Ensemble:
Golriz Zarbakhsh: violin
Zhabiz Zarbakhsh: cello

To Her Beautiful Eyes for string quartet will be performed by Respina String Quartet

Tehran2nd & 3rd of December 2016

Respina String Quartet will perform To Her Beautiful Eyes by Karen Keyhani
Roudaki Hall, Tehran, 2nd and 3rd December 2016

Iranian Music Between Past and Present – Venice Biennale of Contemporary Music, October 2016

As Far As Possible for santour and ensemble will be performed in Biennale Musica 2016

by Divertimento Ensemble; condoctor: Sndro Gorli, Santour Soloist: Karen Keyhani

In this concert “Iranian Music Between Present and Past”; Divertimento Ensemble will play compositions by Alireza Farhang, Mehdi Khaiami, and Karen Keyhani; Mehraein Ensemble (conducted with Karen Keyhani) will play Persian Traditional Music.
October 16th, 2016 – 16:30 pm
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 As Far As Possible” for santour and ensemble in Apperto Music Festival, Italy, October 2016″

As Far As Possible for santour and ensemble by Karen Keyhani will be performed in Apperto Music Festival

Karen Keyhani; Santour soloist
October 17th, 2016 – 08:30 pm
Address: Teatro Cavallerizza, Viale A. Allegri, 8, Reggio Emilia, Italy

New Release: modes by Navona Records, August 12th, 2016

Modes by Navona Records

The 30th edition of the celebrated Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series.

modes album includes seven compositions by: Karen Keyhani, Robert A. Baker, Nolan Stolz, Arthur Gottschalk, Benjamin D. Whiting, Yip Ho Kwen Austin, Chin Ting Chan.

Karen Keyhani’s As Far As Possible for Santour and Ensemble was Performed and recorded by Ensemble Matka, Geneva, 2014

Ensemble MATKA: Elena Schwarz, conductor; Élodie Virot, flutes; Clothilde Ramond, oboe;

Blaise Ubaldini: clarinets, Alon Stoler: trombone, Anne Chabot: percussion,

Aurélie Communal: harp, Layla Ramezan: piano, Pouya Saraei: santour,

Patrik Schleuter: violin, Isabel Villanueva: viola, Guillaume Quartenoud:

cello, Shagan Grolier: double bass.

Available in: Amazon

Nightly Monologue II for solo harp will be performed at Bloomington, IN., USA 

June 12th, 2016

Harpist Peggy Houng will perform ‘Nightly Monologue II‘ as part of USAIHC Composer’s Forum Concert.

The concert will feature finalists for the 2016 composition competition including works by Evan Fein, Nathan Cornelius, Karen Keyhani, Monika Dalach, Bora Uymaz, and Shai Cohen.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 – 1:00 pm

Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University,
Bloomington, IN, 47405 United States

Hejrani II for solo flute , World Premiere – July 18th, 2016

Hejrani II for solo flute, world premiere

Flute: Julie Brunet-Jailly

College of Fine Arts – University of Tehran, July 18th, 2016

Risuonanze Contemporary Music Festival – Italy, May 30th 2016

Thou Knowest for mezzo soprano and piano (World Premiere)

Akiko Kozato: Mezzo Soprano

Adele D’Aronzo: Piano

Villa De Rubeis Florit, Tarcento, Italy – May 30th 2016 – 9:00 pm

Recording Session with Tehran Symphony Orchestra – November 2015

Recording session of Requiem for Symphonic Orchestra (to be released by Naxos Records) with Tehran Symphony Orchestra
Composer: Karen Keyhani
Conductor: Ali Rahbari
November 22nd & 23rd 2015, Roudaki Hall, Tehran

Risuonanze Festival – Italy, May & June 2015

Nightly Monologue III for solo trombone (world premiere)
Trieste, Italy, June 1st, 2015
Soloist: Rocco Rescigno 

Foundation L’Abri, Geneva, Switzerland, February 2015

Swiss premiere of Hejrani for flute and piano

Elodie Virot; flute, Layla Ramezan; piano (Matka Ensemble)
Foundation L’Abri Geneva, 28 February 2015
in this concert Matka ensemble(from Geneva) will play works by:
Nicolas Bolens: Swiss
Blaise Ubaldini: French
Joshua Bucchi: French-American
Reza Vali: Iranian-american
Alireza Farhang: Iranian-french
Karen Keyhani: Iranian

Kresge Recital Hall, Pittsburgh, United States – February 2015

 World premiere of Hejrani for flute and piano

Kresge Hall, Pittsburgh, 12 & 13 February 2015
in this concert Matka Ensemble (from Geneva) will play works by:
Nicolas Bolens: Swiss
Blaise Ubaldini: French
Joshua Bucchi: French-American
Reza Vali: Iranian-American
Alireza Farhang: Iranian-French
Karen Keyhani: Iranian
Matka Musicians:
Patrick Schleuter; violin-viola
Elodie Virot; flutes
Aurelie Communal; Harp
Layla Ramezan; piano

One Hundred Years of Iranian Music for Piano, Tehran, December 2014

 Piano Works by 21 Contemporary Persian Composers 

Karen Keyhani’s On The Wet Road , for piano will be World Premiered in One Hundred Years of Iranian Music for Piano project.
Roudaki Concert Hall, Tehran
25th & 26th of December 2014

Nominated for the Best Iranian Contemporary Classical Music Album of Two Years – February 2016

Only That Spark And Nothing More (selected chamber works by Karen Keyhani), Arqanoon records, was nominated for the best contemporary classical music album of two years (2014 and 2015) in 31st Fajr Music Festival.

Vahdat Hall, Tehran, Iran, February 2016

Contemporary Music For Solo Oboe, London, January 2016

Catherine Pluygers will play Nightly Monologue No.1 for solo oboe.

in this concert Catherine will play works by:

Karen Keyhani, Howard Skempton, David Sutton-Anderson, Cornelius Cardew, Niiccoio Castiglioni, Priaulx Ranier, Angel Hernandez

Tuesday 12 January 2016
Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London

Finalist of 2015 US Harp Composition Competition, January 2016

Nightly Monologue II” for solo harp (by Karen Keyhani) was selected as one of six finalists out of 114 submissions in 2015 USAIHC composition competition.

Selected Composer for the Next SCI Cd Series – November 2015

As Far As Possible for santour and ensemble was selected for the next SCI Cd series (No.30)
Recorded by ensemble MATKA, Geneva, 2014
Conductor: Elena Schwarz
Sound Designer: Christoph Egea
Studio Ernest-Ansermet, Geneva, Switzerland

Candidate Best Contemporary Music Album – October 2015

Only That Spark and Nothing More (selected works for ensemble by Karen Keyhani), Arqanoon records, Tehran, Iran, 2014 candidate for best contemporary music album in 3rd celebration of (a prominent Iranian music website)
Vahdat Hall, Tehran, Iran, October 2015

Antithesis Project – United States, November & December 2014

November 12 – University of Wisconsin – La Crosse New Music Festival, La Crosse WI
November 16 – Honney Minneapolis MN
December 16 – Mound Westonka High School, Minnetrista MN
Music of
Shulamit Ran
Ronn Yedidia
Ehsan Saboohi
Karen Keyhani
Kareem Roustam
Karen Kozak, viola
Brendon Bushman, oboe
Sarah Porwoll-Lee, clarinet
Charles Asch, cello

In the Midst of Bubble, Tehran, October & November 2014

Music and Painting Performance in collaboration with Bahareh Raeesi (Painter)
Composers: Karen Keyhani & Ehsan Saboohi
Santour Soloist: Pouya Saraei
October 24th to November 2nd, 2014

YCMF festival Indonesia, November 2014

Karen Keyhani’s To Her Beautiful Eyes for string quartet will be performed at YCMF (Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 26th-28th November 2014

La Crosse New Music Festival, USA, November 12th

Letters Home: Music of Middle East

November 12th, 2014
Annet Recital Hall, La Crosse New Music Festival
Karen Keyhani: “Only That Spark and Nothing More” for oboe

Lecture on Persian Classical Music Theory, Geneva, October 2014

Three Approaches For Persian Music Theory

Keynote Speaker: Karen Keyhani
GMTH (the assosiation of German-speaking music theory) Congress 
Hem (Geneva Music University), Geneva, October 18th, 17:00

Master Class on Contemporary Music Notation – Tehran, Roudaki Hall, July&August 2014

Master Class on Contemporary Music Notation

In collaboration with:
Layla Ramezan; Pianist
Ehsan Saboohi; Composer
July 28th to September 1st, 2014 (every Monday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.)
Roudaki Concert Hall, Tehran

Mise-en Festival, New York – June 2014

Only That Spark and Nothing More for solo oboe will be performed at Mise-en Festival,(U.S Premiere)
Stuart Breczinski: oboe
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, June 22,  2014

New Released; “Only That Spark and Nothing More”, Arqanoon Records, May 2014

Only That Spark and Nothing More Selected pieces for ensemble (2010-2012)
Released by Arqanoon Records, May 2014, Tehran
The Recording is available in digital platforms worldwide, Hi Fi Audio and also in CD formats on following links:
BEEPTUNES Media Market Link (only in Iran)

Risuonanze Festival – Italy, June 2014

Nightly Monologue No.2, for solo harp  (World Premiere)


Risuonanze Festival, Trieste, Italy, June 1st 2014
Solist: Marta Marinelli

Winner of Black House Composers Competition – Kansas, March 2014

March 2014 –  winner of Black House Collective composers competition

A commission for writing a piece for “Maroon Trio” (Bassoon, Horn & Marimba)
concert day: May 15th, 2014
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The Night Raven for horn, bassoon and marimba

Seminar on Persian Regional Music, Geneva, Switzerland, December, 2013

Tuesday(17th) and Thursday(19th) December, 2013
in collaboration with Patrik Dasen (Ethnomusicologist) & Layla Ramezan(Pianist)

New Release: Possible Worlds Vol.2, Spectropol Records, Washington, November 2013

Twelve microtonal pieces by various composers including Karen Keyhani’s And His Cuff was Damped with Tears for Persian string quartet performed by Chahargan ensemble:

Ehsan Zabihifar: kamancheh 1
Keykhosro Mokhtari: kamancheh 2
Shima Shahmohamadi: alto gheichak
Bita Ghasemi: bass gheichak
Released by Spectropol Records:

Persian Contemporary Music Concert – Geneva, November, 2013

Karen Keyhani: As Far As Possible (for ensemble and Santour) will be premiered by Ensemble MATKA: Elena Schwarz; conductor

santour soloist; Karen Keyhani

Fonderie Kugler, Geneva, Saturdsy  16th  November 2013 
 Karen Keyhani : Composer – Santour

Master Class on Micro-tonal music – hem, Geneva, October, 2013

Geneva Music university(hem)

Wednesday, 18th December, 2013

Conference on Persian Dastgah music system – Geneva, November, 2013

Haute école de musique de Genève (Ethnomusicology Department) 

Tuesday(5th) & Thursday(7th), 2013

In collaboration with Patrik Dasen (Ethnomusicologist)

16th London New Wind Festival – September 2013

St Cyprian’s Church, Friday 20th September 2013

“Only That Spark and Nothing More” for solo oboe in:

16th London New Wind Festival (New Music for Winds)

Caterine Pluygersoboe

Milad Tower Hall,Tehran, Iran – August, 29th & 30th, 2013

with Hamid Motebassem

Live in concert with Pardis Orchestra(Hamid Motebasem: Composer – Bardia Kiaras: Conductor – Salar Aghili: Vocal)

Santour soloist: Karen Keyhani  

Arasbaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran – Saturday 17 August 2013

A Seminar on Contemporary Music Discussing “Only That Spark and Nothing More”  for solo Oboe 

With an Introduction and Unveiling of the Sheet Music for this piece.


Arvin Sedaghatkish

Retrospective Concert, Roudaki Concert Hall, 2013 – Photos

Retrospective concert, Music of Karen Keyhani (selected solo and ensemble music 2009-2013)


Scheherazade String Ouartet (Tina Jamehgarmi, Parisa Pirzadeh, Sanowa Andalibi, Negar Norad)

Chahargan String Quartet (Ehsan Zabihifar, Keikhosoro Mokhtari, Shima Shahmohammadi, Bita Ghasemi)

Hooshyar Khayam: piano, Karan Salajegheh: piano, Maryam Mehraban: piano, Mehrdad Gholami: flutes, Nazanin Ahmadzadeh: oboe