Biography

Short Bio (123 words)

Keyan Emami is an award-winning composer and educator. Emami’s music is known for its contemporary tonal language and innovative sonic texture, frequently inspired by Persian music and art heritage. His works have 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, Tirgan Festival, Canadian Music Centre, Ton Beau String Quartet, Ladom Ensemble, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Toronto. Emami is the artistic director, co-founder, and one of the composers of ICOT. He is also the director of Key Music Studio. Based in Toronto, Emami holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto. www.keyan.ca

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Medium Bio (257 words)

Keyan Emami is an award-winning composer, pianist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Emami’s music is known for its contemporary tonal language and innovative sonic texture, frequently inspired by Persian music and art heritage. His works have 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, SPO Orchestra, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Toronto.

Emami completed his doctorate in music composition at the University of Toronto in 2020. He 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.

Emami has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council. He is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, a Member of the Canadian League of Composers as well as a SOCAN member. He is the artistic director, co-founder, and one of the composers of ICOT, a non-profit arts organization that bridges cultures through music and art, and produced over 40 new works since its inception in 2011. He also holds the positions of the founder and director of Key Music Studio. www.keyan.ca