about Keyan Emami


Keyan Emami is an award-winning composer and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Keyan’s music is known for its strong structural integrity and innovative sonic texture, frequently inspired by Persian music and art heritage. His works has been commissioned, performed, and recorded all over the world by many different organizations, festivals, and orchestras such as National Ballet of Canada, What Next Festival of New Music, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Tirgan Festival, Canadian Music Centre, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Ton Beau String Quartet, Millar Piano Duo, Ladom Ensemble, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, ICOT Orchestra, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Toronto.

Keyan is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Toronto, and holds a B.Eng. in Polymer Engineering, and an M.Mus. in Music Composition with first-degree honor, and was awarded the Best Master’s Thesis Prize for his Symphony in Three Movements. His major studies have been with Christos Hatzis, Alexander Rapoport, and Norbert Palej.

Keyan is the president, co-founder, and one of the composers of ICOT, a nonprofit art organization that bridges cultures through music and art, and produced over 40 new works since its inception in 2011. He holds the positions of the founder, educator, and artistic director of Key Music Studio. Keyan is also an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, a Member of the Canadian League of Composers as well as a SOCAN member. 


University Teaching
  • University of Toronto, Teaching Assistant, 2012-Present
    • Music Theory I
    • Materials of Music III (Music Since 1900)
  • Art University of Tehran, Instructor, 2007-2010
    • Form I & II
    • Music Theory I & II
    • Sight-Singing & Dictation I & II
    • Composition I
  • Azad University of Shiraz, Instructor, 2008-2009
    • Piano I
    • Music Theory I
      Sight-Singing & Dictation I
    • Instrumentation I
    • History II
  • Tehran University of Applied Science and Technology, 2006-2010
    • Piano I
    • Music Theory I & II
    • Sigh Singing & Dictation I
    • Tonal Counterpoint I & II
    • History I
    • Form I & II
Key Music Studio
I teach piano, theory, and composition to students of all ages and levels at my studio. For more info please visit: Key Music Studio
  • Music in Cinema, University of Toronto, 2014


Keyan Sarv photo