Aida Shirazi

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"Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aida Shirazi is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Shirazi’s music is described as “deliberately unfolding” by The New York Times, “well-made and affecting” by The New Yorker and “unusually creative” by San Francisco Classical Voice.  In her works for solo instruments, voice, ensemble, orchestra, and electronics she mainly focuses on timbre for organizing structures that are often inspired by Persian and English languages and literature, as well as Iranian classical music.

Shirazi’s music has been featured at festivals including Manifeste, Mostly Mozart, New Music Gathering, Direct Current, and Tehran Contemporary Music Festival in venues such as Maison de la Radio France, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, National Sawdust, The Roulette, and the DiMenna Center.  Her works are performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Miranda Cuckson, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, Shirazi is a Ph.D. candidate of composition at the University of California, Davis and works with Mika Pelo.  She has studied with Pablo Ortiz, Kurt Rohde, Yiğit Aydın, Onur Türkmen, Tolga Yayalar, and Hooshyar Khayam, and attended masterclasses by Kaija Saariaho, Raphaël Cendo, Mark Andre, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, and Riccardo Piacentini among others.  Shirazi holds her B.A. in classical piano performance from Tehran University of Art (Iran), and her B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University (Turkey).  In the years 1998-2004, she studied santoor (traditional Iranian hammered dulcimer) with Parissa Khosravi Samani."  Shirazi is a participant of IRCAM's Cursus program in the academic year 2020-21.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Blood Moon for clarinet and string quartet (2020)
Crystalline Trees for chamber ensemble (2020)

Solo Voice and Accompaniment


Miniature for treble voice and guitar (2020)
A Girl for treble voice and piano (2017)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Ephemera for clarinet and percussion (2019)
(Re)Visiting the Land of (Un)Known for clarinet in B flat, violin, and piano (2017)
Umbra for string quartet (2017)

Vocal Ensemble


Portrait for treble vocal quartet (2019)

Voices and Instruments


What The Wind Will Do When You Aren't Looking for a Thousand Years for soprano, tenor, and prepared piano (2019)

Solo Instrument


Latent for solo cello (2018)
Albumblatt for solo piano (2017)
Tide for piano solo (2014)

String Quartet


Umbra for string quartet (2017)

Orchestral Music


The Distorted Reminiscences of a Guardian for orchestra (2015)
(Re)Visiting the Land of (Un)Known for clarinet in B flat, violin, and piano (2017)
A Girl for treble voice and piano (2017)
Albumblatt for solo piano (2017)
Blood Moon for clarinet and string quartet (2020)
Crystalline Trees for chamber ensemble (2020)
Ephemera for clarinet and percussion (2019)
Latent for solo cello (2018)
Miniature for treble voice and guitar (2020)
Portrait for treble vocal quartet (2019)
The Distorted Reminiscences of a Guardian for orchestra (2015)
Tide for piano solo (2014)
Umbra for string quartet (2017)
What The Wind Will Do When You Aren't Looking for a Thousand Years for soprano, tenor, and prepared piano (2019)