hooshyar khayam

Composer | Pianist | Producer

Curriculum Vitae

Hooshyar Khayam (b. 1978 Bedford, England)
Tel: (98) 912 – 812 – 0083


– Doctor of Musical Arts, Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2005)
– Master of Music, Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2003)
– Bachelor of Music, Persian Traditional Music, University of Arts, Tehran (1999)
– Associate Diploma, Piano Performance, Trinity College London (1996)
– Diploma of Physics and Mathematics, 12th Grade National Board of Examinations, Tehran (1995)

Competitions and Selected Fellowships

– Commission and Grant from the Iranian Heritage Foundation (IHF) in London, 2018 (ongoing project)
– Artist in Residence, Festival 4020 “Traumstadt” May 2017, Linz
– Finalist of “Queen Elisabeth International Composition Competition”, 2013
– Finalist of “Mauricio Kagel International Composition Competition”, 2013
– Candidate Best Soundtrack of the Year, for “Everything Is Fine Here”, directed by Pourya Azarbayjani, 2012
– 1st prize winner of International Composition Competition “Franz Schubert Und die Musik der Moderne” Graz, Austria 2011
– Songlines (75th issue) 4-star Best Album of the Year : Section Middle East for album “All of You”, Hermes Records 2011
– Artist in Residence, Fellowship of Goethe Institute of Delhi, Berlin 2010
– 1st prize, Accent 04 US-National Competition Music for Children 2004
– 1st prize, National Board of Arts Examination, Azad University, Iran 1995

Academic Engagements and Lectures

– Speaker at TEDex Tehran, “The New Normality”, Polytechnic University Tehran, 2017
– Visiting Lecturer, Music Department, Azad University, Tehran (2017 – 18)
– Visiting Lecturer, Composition Department, University of Art, Tehran (2016)
– Visiting Lecturer, Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan (2011 – 2012)
– Lecture Recital, CMPCP Conference, University of Cambridge (2011)
– Lecture Recital, School of Advanced Study, Institute of Music Research, University of London (November 2010)
– Honorary Visiting Fellow, City University of London (2011)
– Assistant Professor, Composition Department, University of Art, Tehran (2006 – 2011)
– Member of the Editorial Board of Research, University of Art, Tehran (2010)
– Jury for the Masters Entrance Examinations, Composition Department (2007, 2009-10)
– Jury for Masters Entrance Examination, Performance Department, University of Art, Tehran (2006, 2009-10)
– Lecturer, Department of Performance and Ensemble Studies, University of Art, Tehran (2006 – 2011)
– Jury for the Masters Lecture Recitals, Piano Performance, University of Art, Tehran (2006 – 2011)
– Visiting Lecturer, Tehran Conservatory of Music (2006 – 07)
– Lecturer, Tehran Conservatory of Music (2005)
– Teaching Assistant, Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2003 – 2005)
– Teaching Assistant, Graduate Theory and Analysis, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2002 – 2003)


– Elegies of the Horses in Fire I & II, featuring artists Hesam Inanlou (Kamancheh) and Ali Broujerdi (Sitar) Raha Records 2018 (under publication)
– Cael (featured artist Babak Koohestani) Tehran Records 2018 (record project)
– God of Rakhsh (Book of Kings Retold) Tehran Records 2018
– Terra (Selected World Poetry) Tehran Records 2018
– Music for Tar and Piano Tehran Records 2017 (Best Seller Album)
– Franz Schubert Und die Musik der Moderne, Klangdebüts Kunst Universitat, Graz 2014
– Verses in the Wind (featured artist Farzaneh Joorabchi) Melmax Records 2014
– Strings Hermes Records 2012
– Prayers (with Dusan Bogdanovic) Doberman-Yppan 2011
– All of You (featured artist Amir Eslami) Hermes Records 2011 (Best Seller Album)
– Verses of the Night Contemporary Music Records 2011
– Sea’s Seven Days Contemporary Music Records 2010
– Thousand Acacias Hermes Records 2010
– Clouds Hermes Records (Various Artists) 2008
– The Poet Guitar (Golfam Khayam) Ahange Parsian Records 2008
– Tatari Hermes Records 2007

Published Writings and Articles, Published Scores, Books

– “Music in Our Time” published as an article in “Music for Tar and Piano”, Tehran Records, 2016
– “Chamber Music Today” published as article in “Cogita” by Martyna Kosecka, Tehran Records, 2017
– “Why a Concerto” published as article in “Concertos” by Idin Samimi Mofakham, Tehran Records, 2017
– Collected Piano Music 2001 – 2006 EN publication, edition 2007
– Selected Ensemble Music 2001 – 2006 EN publication, edition 2007
– The Poet Piano (Selected articles and translations on piano playing) Atai Publication 1997
– The Grammar of Conducting, Max Rudolf (Complete translation)
Atai Publication, first edition 1996, second edition 2014

Selected Performances

– Die Andere Seite Festival 4020 “Traumstadt”, Linz 03 – 06 May 2017
– Anja Lechner performs and speaks of Garden II, 04 May 2017 Munich Public Radio
– Stephen Prutsman plays Ravi-e Khyal on Steinway Hall, San Francisco, 2015
– Anja Lechner and Hooshyar Khayam perform Garden I, Niavaran Hall, Tehran, 2016
– Kalileh (Ballet in two acts) commissioned and premiered by LSCO, Duluth Minnesota, 2016
– Eva Schonweiss and Kirsten Ecke premiere Die Feen von Neukölln, 2016
– Alexandria Pykaj performs Cello Concerto no 1, Nipper Orchestra, directed by Navid Gohari, 2015
– Anja Lechner and Artur Avanessov perform Garden I, Niavaran Hall, Tehran, 2015
– Elina Bertina performs Bahar Street in Riga Latvia, 2015
– Kronos Quartet records Monir in Women’s Audio Mission, San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2013
– Stephen Prutsman performs Ravi-e Khyal on White-Light Festival, Rose Hall, Lincoln Center, 2012
– Stephen Prutsman and Todd Palmer perform Clarinet Rhapsody Spoleto Festival, South Carolina, 2012
– Isabel Villanueva and Golfam Khayam performed Garden I (for viola and guitar) Roudaki Tehran 2013
– Solo recital Sea’s Seven Days, Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan May 2011
– Lecture Recital (with Amir Eslami) School of Advanced Study, Institute of Music Research, University of London, November 2010
– Retrospective concert, sponsored by Naregatsi Institute of Contemporary Music, March 2010, Yerevan. (World Premiere of the Cello Concerto no 1, soloist Aram Talalyan), Yerevan 2010
– Soloist of “Winter Concert” selection of Contemporary Iranian Music: Works by Mohammadreza Darvishi, Hossein Alizadeh, and Hooshyar Khayam. Ukrain National Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Sirenko, Grand Keshvar Hall, Tehran, 26th – 27th December 2008
– Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayam for Soprano and Percussion Ensemble, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), 2005

Works for Film, Theater, and Animation

– Wolf Game (2018) feature film by Abbass Nezamdoost
– Impermanent (2016) feature film by Amir Azizi (Candidate Best Film of the Year, 5th Beijing International Film Festival)
– Spyker (2015) directed by Majed Neisi (War documentary)
– Migration (2014) video art by Pooya Aryanpour
– Monir (2013) directed by Bahman Kiarostami
– Exhale (2013) video-art by Pooya Aryanpour
– Ivanov (2012) directed by Amir Reza Koohestani, Mehr Theater Group
– Everything Is Fine Here (2012) directed by Pourya Azarbayjani
– These Days, Those Days (2011) directed by Pooya Aryanpour
– Two Cold Meals for One (2009) directed by Amir Azimi
– Namayesh (2003) animation by Elika Hedayat

Productions, Contributions, and Voluntary Works

– God of Rakish Tehran Records, TR- 05 (2018)
– Music for Tar and Piano Tehran Records, TR- 01 (1st Edition 2017, 2nd Edition 2018, Best Seller Album)
– Terra Tehran Records, TR- 02 (2018)
– Cogita chamber music by Martyna Koceska, Tehran Records, TR- 03 (2017)
– Concertos Idin Samimi Mofakham, Tehran Records, TR- 04 (2017)
– Sea’s Seven Days (1st Edition 2012, 2nd Edition 2018)
– co-production of Ravi (Golfam Khayam and Siavash Roshan) Hermes Records (2011)
– Member of Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child (SPRC) 2017 – 2018
– Assistant to Cultural Advisor Japan Foundation, Tehran 2006 – 2007

Electronic Music and Software Experience

– Experience in electro-acoustic production, soundtrack, and animation. Software experience in Reaper, Logic Pro X, Cubase 5. Software notation Sibelius. Midi and VST instrumental experience with Sternberg Play, East West, Kontakt.


– English, Farsi. Equivalent B1 grade in German. Reading intermediate level in Spanish, French, and Arabic.

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