Biography (short)

Hooshyar Khayam (b. 1978) 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, Todd Palmer, Zsofia Boros (ECM artist), Isabel Villanueva, Golfam Khayam, Elina Bertina, Layla Ramezan, Artur Avanesov, Stephen Prutsman, Anja Lechner (ECM artist), the Morrison Trio, Shahrzad Quartet, Arvand Quartet, Naregatsi String Orchestra, National Museum Concert String Orchestra of Yerevan, Parsian String Orchestra, Tehran Chamber Orchestra, Tehran Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ukraine National Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and Kronos Quartet among others.

He is the finalist of the “Queen Elisabeth International Composition Competition” for his piano concerto “Before the Dream is Over” (2013), first prize award winner of “Franz Schubert and Modern Music International Composition Competition” for his trio “I Waited for You in Rain” (2011), finalist of the 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 winner “Top of the World Albums” by Songlines (75th issue) for his album “All of You” (with Amir Eslami, 2011) as distinctive music of Middle East.

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 indipendent artist.