About Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour

About Me

Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour is a leading Iranian contemporary composer. He specialises in contemporary music that reaches across time and continents and has worked with a number of major ensembles, soloists and orchestras. His opera The Doll Behind the Curtain based on a work by the famous Persian writer S. Hedayat was premiered at the ‘Tete a Tete  Opera Festival’ in King’s Place,2015 in London. In 2003 he won the first prize at the biennial  composition competition for new music at Tehran University with his solo piano work 'Images of Childhood'.  In the same year he was awarded a silver medal for outstanding achievement at Trinity College of Music, which was presented by the Duke of Kent.  The BBC commissioned a Harp Concerto in 2005, which was premiered under the baton of Pascal Rophé and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Amir Mahyar has studied Pino and composition at the Esbjerg Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 2016 he completed his PhD in composition at Brunel University, London, under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Fox. He is Currently working on his second opera concerning Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

  "Although Tafreshipour's music deals interestingly with the conflicted destinies of a modern Iranian generation, The Doll behind the curtain throws up interesting questions of desire cultural crisis”

Charlotte Valori

 "His music is between the music cultures of western Europe and Iran producing fascinating music Schumann and Bartok too, would have understood the creative impulse behind these musical snap shots; both would have delighted in the strange Persian of the music”

Christopher Fox

 "The Harp concerto is a fine and beautiful work. in this piece you have succeeded in bringing into the fabric of a serious contemporary musical creation ethnic elements without making the outcome cheap"

Hormoz Farhat