“I have been fortunate to work with Amir for the past five years. His music has always been well-received by the performers and audiences alike. His compositions portray a beautiful marriage of text and music - incredibly gratifying! The Men of the Westminster Chapel Choir absolutely loved working on his ‘The King of Love My Shepherd Is.’ The Carnegie Hall premiere of his ‘Behold, How Good and Pleasant’ received an enthusiastic ovation. Other works by Mr. Zaheri have received similar responses; I have never been disappointed, nor have our audiences. This composer has a stunning future ahead of him!” Ronnie Oliver, Jr. Conducting Faculty, Westminster Choir College Executive Director, Manhattan Concert Productions

AMIR ZAHERI holds the distinguished Narramore Fellowship at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, where he is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition under the tutelage of C.P. First, as well as a Doctoral Minor in Musicology, specializing in the music of Nazi Germany, particularly the early works of Paul Hindemith. Zaheri completed the Master of Music degree in Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, studying with Nickitas J. Demos. His undergraduate studies in music were completed at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green; Zaheri studied music composition with Michael Kallstrom; choral methods, choral materials and conducting with Ronnie Oliver Jr.; organ performance with Andrew Risinger; and voice performance with Scott Root, Michael Sokol, and Nancy Cron. In addition to his formal education, Zaheri has participated in significant master class studies and lectures with Robert Spano, Alvin Singleton, Paul Moravec, Paul Elwood, Don Freund, Jennifer Higdon, the Bang-on-a-Can New Music Ensemble, and the Eighth Blackbird New Music Ensemble, among others. The recipient of numerous national and international awards and performances, Zaheri has most recently received commissions and performances from: Baritone Paul Houghtaling, for his performance at the National Opera Association's annual convention in January of 2013; The University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for an additional comic scene and musical number for Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado," for their Spring 2013 season; Dr. Judy Bonner (President, The University of Alabama), for "Celebrating Achievement," a work to be frequently performed in recognition of The University of Alabama's superior faculty and student accomplishments, beginning Fall 2012; Western Kentucky University's Department of Choral Activities, for their Fall 2012 season; The University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for the creation of a new full-length musical theatre work, to be premiered during their Fall 2013 season; Briarwood Elementary School, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, for their performance at the 2012 Kentucky Music Educators Association annual conference; The Kentucky Music Educators Association, for the 2012 KMEA Jr. High All State Chorus; The University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for the creation of a new opera for their 2011 Spring performance; Westminster Choir College, for their Spring 2008 and Spring 2009 Chapel Choir concert events; the Atlanta lnterfaith AIDS Network, for their 2005 City-Wide World AIDS Day Requiem service; The Wisconsin Chamber Chorus, for their 2005-2006 concert season; Manhattan Concert Productions, for their 2005 Carnegie Hall National Festival Choir performance series; the Young Women's Chorus of Kentucky, for their 2004 Kentucky Music Educators' Association Convention performance, as well as their 2003 performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory Music Educators National Conference (SCMENC), in Savannah, Georgia; Georgia State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, for their 2002-2003 concert season; and The University of Georgia, for their 2002-2003 choral/orchestral concert season. Zaheri has served as composer-in-residence for: The University of Alabama’s Opera Theatre, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church of Atlanta, the Atlanta Music in Education Seminar Consortium, in conjunction with the New England Conservatory and in association with Centennial Place Elementary School of Atlanta; the Young Women's Chorus of Kentucky; and the KYSings! touring chorus. Zaheri has been selected as a featured or a selected guest composer by: ComposersCircle.com (July 7, 2012), The 2012 Student Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, The University of Mary Washington's Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Boston Metro Opera, the Society of Composers, Incorporated, the NewNowNorse New Music Festival (Northern Kentucky University), the Fresno New Music Festival (CSU, Fresno), the Conundrum Chamber Music Ensemble, the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, Emory University's Composer to Composer new music reading series, the lmpromptu Chamber Choir of Atlanta, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association. In 2001, Zaheri won first prize in the Kentucky Music Educators Association annual Collegiate Composition Competition. Zaheri's music has been published by The International Journal of Contemporary Composition (Volume 2, June 2012), a peer-reviewed publication. PARMA Recordings will record Zaheri's piano solo "Prelude to the Holy Dark" in 2013; the recording will be released via Naxos. Zaheri was named "One of Tuscaloosa's Six Most Intriguing People of 2011" by Tuscaloosa Magazine. The recipient of numerous national and international awards and performances, Zaheri has most recently received commissions and performances from: Baritone Paul Houghtaling, for his performance at the National Opera Association's annual convention in January of 2013; The University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for an additional comic scene and musical number for Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado," for their Spring 2013 season; Dr. Judy Bonner (President, The University of Alabama), for "Celebrating Achievement," a work to be frequently performed in recognition of The University of Alabama's superior faculty and student accomplishments, beginning Fall 2012; Western Kentucky University's Department of Choral Activities, for their Fall 2012 season; The University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for the creation of a new full-length musical theatre work, to be premiered during their Fall 2013 season; Briarwood Elementary School, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, for their performance at the 2012 Kentucky Music Educators Association annual conference; The Kentucky Music Educators Association, for the 2012 KMEA Jr. High All State Chorus; The University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for the creation of a new opera for their 2011 Spring performance; Westminster Choir College, for their Spring 2008 and Spring 2009 Chapel Choir concert events; the Atlanta lnterfaith AIDS Network, for their 2005 City-Wide World AIDS Day Requiem service; The Wisconsin Chamber Chorus, for their 2005-2006 concert season; Manhattan Concert Productions, for their 2005 Carnegie Hall National Festival Choir performance series; the Young Women's Chorus of Kentucky, for their 2004 Kentucky Music Educators' Association Convention performance, as well as their 2003 performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory Music Educators National Conference (SCMENC), in Savannah, Georgia; Georgia State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, for their 2002-2003 concert season; and The University of Georgia, for their 2002-2003 choral/orchestral concert season. Zaheri has served as composer-in-residence for: The University of Alabama’s Opera Theatre, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church of Atlanta, the Atlanta Music in Education Seminar Consortium, in conjunction with the New England Conservatory and in association with Centennial Place Elementary School of Atlanta; the Young Women's Chorus of Kentucky; and the KYSings! touring chorus. Zaheri has been selected as a featured or a selected guest composer by: ComposersCircle.com (July 7, 2012), The 2012 Student Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, The University of Mary Washington's Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Boston Metro Opera, the Society of Composers, Incorporated, the NewNowNorse New Music Festival (Northern Kentucky University), the Fresno New Music Festival (CSU, Fresno), the Conundrum Chamber Music Ensemble, the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, Emory University's Composer to Composer new music reading series, the lmpromptu Chamber Choir of Atlanta, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association. In 2001, Zaheri won first prize in the Kentucky Music Educators Association annual Collegiate Composition Competition. Zaheri's music has been published by The International Journal of Contemporary Composition (Volume 2, June 2012), a peer-reviewed publication. PARMA Recordings will record Zaheri's piano solo "Prelude to the Holy Dark" in 2013; the recording will be released via Naxos. Zaheri was named "One of Tuscaloosa's Six Most Intriguing People of 2011" by Tuscaloosa Magazine.

Amir Zaheri is professionally managed by Price-Rubin & Partners. For information on commissions, residencies, performances, and other collaborations, please contact: Avguste Antonov Telephone: 1-866-PRI-RUBI option 5 E-mail: aa@pricerubin.com