About Me

Amir Eslami is an Iranian Ney player and a music composer living in Vancouver, Canada. Born in Isfahan in 1971, Amir started learning to play the Ney (traditional Persian flute) when he was only 15. Since then, he knew that he wanted to pursue a career in music. Amir was 18 when he entered The Art University of Tehran to do his bachelor’s in music and he continued on to complete his Master’s in composition in 2004. When living in Iran, Amir was an academic faculty at Tehran University of Art for 15 years, the director of the Iranian music department of the Faculty of Music for 3 years, and the deputy director of the Faculty of Music for 2 years. Amir was also the judge of the Italian International Composition Competition in 2012 and the referee of the biennial composition of Ahmad Pejman in 2015. After immigrating to Canada, he established Rumi records, Vancouver Iranian Choir, Hazarava Ensemble, and the Iranian Music Society of British Columbia between 2016 and 2019. Since 2016, Rumi records has released three works including “Of String’s Song and Reed’s Cry” with the voice of Mahboobeh Golzari, “Reyhan” arranged by Maryam Soroushnasab and sung by Mohsen Keramati and Nayer Foroughi and “The Mystery of Nightingale’s Warbling” with the voice of Atoosa Nezakaty, Banafsheh Farahmand and Pegah Sherkat.

Amir has won 3 national as well as 3 international awards in composition (Italy 2009, Australia 2010, and the Netherlands in 2014). As a composer, arranger and Ney player, he has released over 20 albums including the Oldest Repertoire of Iranian Music (Radif Montazem Al-Hakma) which was released by the University of Art in 2014. The album of “All of You” (Collaboration with Dr. Hooshyar Khayam) received a four out of five-star rating in Song Lines Magazine, volume 75, in London in 2011. Amir presented a lecture recital titled “A New Approach to Improvisation in Persian Music” based on this album at the University of London in 2010 and at Cambridge University in 2011. He received the “Best Lecturer” award from the Music Faculty of the Art University of Tehran in 2008 and the “Best Researcher” award in 2009. His symphonic works have also been performed by various orchestras including the Bologna Orchestra of Italy (Parsi 2019), the Ambleside Orchestra (Azeri Dances 2017), the Tehran Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Rahbari (The Last Dance Ballet 2018) and the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra (Qalandar 2018 and 2019).

                                                                                     Awards & Honors

1. First Grade Companion with Foozhan Ensemble, at the 1st World music Festival, Ney player: Amir Eslami, Tehran (1998)

2. First Grade Iranian Ensemble, the 4th Festival of Nationwide Students of  Music, Tehran University of Technology, Leader and composer: Amir Eslami, Tehran (2003)

3. Commendation Tablet, the 5th Nationwide Students’ Festival, Tehran (2004)

4. The Best Lecturer in Music Faculty, Art University, Tehran (2008)

5. Third Prize in Composition, the Olympic Song Composition Competition, Iran Olympic Academy, Tehran (2008)

6. First Prize of International Composition Competition 2 Agosto, Bologna, Italy (2009)

7. The Best Researcher in Music Faculty, Art University, Tehran (2009)

8. Third Prize of International Composition Competition Shakuhachi Chamber Music, Melbourne, Australia (2010)

9. The 4 Stars for “All of You” (Music Album) in “Song lines Magazine” Volume 75, London (2011)

10.The member of jury meeting in the international composition competition “2 Agosto”, 18th Edition from Friday June 15 to Sunday June 17 (2012)

11. The faculty member and composition teacher in the 20th Anniversary “Ameropa solo master classes and chamber music festival and courses” in Prague, Czech, from 20th July to 10th August (2013)

12. Honorable mention; work recommended for recording during the Atlas Academy Composition Competition for Piece for Dialogue among Cultures, Atlas Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2014)

13. The member of Book Council in Tehran Art University (2014)

14. The member of jury meeting in the composition competition “Ahmad Pejman Biennial Composition Contest“, 1st Edition, Tehran, Iran (2015)

15. The music producer in “Aram-e Jan” radio program in Vancouver Co-op radio, Vancouver, Canada (2015)

16. The Board of Vancouver Iranian Choir, Vancouver, Canada (2016)

17. The Board of Iranian Music Society of BC, Vancouver, Canada (2018)

18. The Juror for the 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards (2021)