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Iranian-American composer and music teacher Shahriyar Farshid studied piano at the music school in Tehran and later moved to Armenia and studied Composition at Yerevan State Conservatory named after Komitas with Artur Avanesov and Vache Sharafyan. His composition portfolio comprises of instrumental/vocal concert music, music theater, installations, soundscapes, as well as electronic pieces. Among others he has received commissions from OENM, ArgeKultur, Museum der Moderne, Mozarteum Stiftung and his music has been performed in eastern and western Europe, United States and Iran. Since 2010 he is studying composition at Mozarteum University in Salzburg and electronic music and computer-assisted composition at Studio Fuer Elektronische Musik. During these years he has worked closely with Christian Ofenbauer, Reinhard Febel, and Achim Christian Bornhöft. Furthermore, he has worked with other composers such as Chaya Czernowin, Roger Reynolds, Klaus Lang, Rebecca Saunders, Mark Andre, Gerd Kuehr, George Friedrich Haas, and others on short-term basis. Farshid is currently pursuing MA in composition at Mozarteum University with Achim Bornhöft and works as a freelance composer and photographer in Salzburg and Los Angeles.

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