Estonian Music Days

Tallinn / Tartu

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Arash Yazdani

Estonian-based composer and conductor Arash Yazdani (*1985) has studied at, among others, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Hochschule für Musik Basel and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; and has earned degrees in piano, double bass, orchestral conducting and composition specialties. A recipient of the Jonathan Harvey Scholarship as of 2020, he is currently a researcher at the University of Huddersfield. Previously, Yazdani has been a research residency fellow at Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik Graz. Arash is artistic director of Sound Plasma, festival for alternative intonation music in Berlin and Tallinn. He is Artistic director and conductor of Ensemble for New Music Tallinn; and collaborates as curator with several music festivals in Europe. Yazdani’s music is recognised by its application of the acoustic and psycho-acoustic phenomena on the fabric of music, and creating unique hearing experience with the use of instruments. His 2018 orchestra piece NAKBA was selected to represent Estonia in the International Rostrum of Composers 2019 by Estonian Public Broadcasting. He won the first prize at composition competition “Welcoming Maqam” in Berlin 2016. First prize winner of “Speech, Text, Silence” composition Competition of ensemble Lemniscate in Basel in 2015. Honorary diploma from Sergei Slonimsky composition competition 2015; Gold Coin national award for best art school diploma from Iranian ministry of culture are among his accolades and awards.