Pedram Diba

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Pedram Diba (b.1993) is an Iranian-American composer and conductor currently residing in Athens, Georgia, United States. His professional history includes awards such as first-prize winner at the Frost International Composition Competition, third- prize winner of the Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition, third-prize winner of the Golden-Key International Composition Competition, honorable mention for the Elevate Ensemble international call for scores, Max Stern Fellowship in Music, Graduate Excellence fellowship in Music, and Outstanding Undergraduate Composer.

His works have been performed in Perth, Vienna, Oregon, Florida, Boston, and Montreal. Diba has received commissions from various musicians and ensembles based in the United States and Canada. In 2019-2020 he was the composer in residence with McGill Wind Symphony.

From 2018 to 2020 Diba was the Vice-President of McGill Association of Student Composers (MASC). Prior to this, for two consecutive years, he was the co-director of the Tai-Hei Ensemble. In 2017 as the co-founder, artistic director, and the conductor of Pacific Northwest Contemporary Orchestra, he put together an orchestra of volunteer musicians in order to perform new works that were submitted through a call for scores. As a result, the orchestra premiered ten orchestral works in a public concert in winter 2017 .

Since 2019 Diba has been a member of the ACTOR Project. The ACTOR Partnership proposes to enhance attention to timbre and orchestration by bringing its musical use to the forefront of scholarship, practice, and public awareness with world-class artists, humanists, and scientists.

Diba earned his master's degree in composition at McGill University where he studied with Philippe Leroux. Previously he completed a bachelor degree in composition at the University of Oregon, where he studied with Robert Kyr and David Crumb. He has also had masterclasses with Fabien Lévy, Miguel Azguime, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Chen Yi.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Mixed Ensemble


Reaching for the Unreachable Point of Desire for mixed quartet (2020)

Other Orchestral Ensembles


Wi(th-e)Red Tree for wind symphony (2019)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Symbiosis for horn and piano (2018)
Reaching for the Unreachable Point of Desire for mixed quartet (2020)
Symbiosis for horn and piano (2018)
Wi(th-e)Red Tree for wind symphony (2019)