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Ashkan Behzadi (b.1983) is an Iranian-Canadian composer residing in New York City. He is a graduate of McGill University in composition and music theory where he studied with Chris Paul Harman, Brian Cherney and Philippe Leroux. Prior to this, he also earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Tehran University, while at the same time he studied composition with Alireza Mashayekhi in private lessons. At Columbia University, he studied composition with Fred Lerdahl, George Lewis and Georg Friedrich Haas. Ashkan’s music has been commissioned and performed by various international ensembles, including TAK Ensemble, Oerknal Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble, Exaudi, Yarn/Wire, Ekmeles, Wet Ink, Talea Ensemble, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) and also featured on such festivals and concert series as Dialoge Festival 2016 at Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Rondo 2017 in Milan, Manifeste 2014 at IRCAM, Paris, CIRMMT new music series at McGill University and the New Wave festival in Toronto. Moreover, his music has won numerous competitions including Graham Sommer Second Prize, the Prix de Composition at Fontainebleau and number of SOCAN Foundation awards. Ashkan is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in composition at Columbia University under the supervisions of Fred Lerdahl.