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Biography

  

  Safa Shahidi has been performing for more than two decades in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States of America playing a vast repertory from Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Scriabin,...to his own compositions. In 2003, he teamed up with Bahareh Komai (one of the well-known Iranian pianists) to found a Two Pianos ensemble. For about ten years they performed most of the significant two pianos' pieces among them, Suite for Two Pianos op.15 by A. Arensky, Rondo for two pianos op.73 by Chopin, Armenian Rhapsody by Arno Babadjanian, Variations on a Theme of Paganini by W. Lutoslawsky,... and many arrangements such as The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Espana by E. Chabrier, Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens and Spanish works of M. De Falla and Infante.

  Born in 1973 in Tehran, Safa began playing the piano since his childhood. He received his professional piano lessons and theories of music under Mehran Rouhani (Postgraduate from Royal Academy of Music). In 1995, he earned the Performer's Certificate in Pianoforte from Trinity College of London and in 1997, the A-level of music from Oxford and Cambridge Examinations and Assessment Council. He also participated in master courses of piano held by prof. Gerhard Geretschlaeger (Professor of Vienna Conservatory), and continued his piano lessons under Haynoush Makarian, one of the most renowned piano teacher in Iran. It has been more than twenty years that Safa is teaching piano with highest level of recommendations and reviews from his students who many of them are successful musicians at the moment. With the strong passion in composing, Safa refers himself more as a composer than a pianist. He studied composition with Mehran Rouhani and has been benefited with encouragements and instructions of Farhad Abbassian-Milani (Professor at Musikschule Charlottenburg, Berlin) and Mohsen Mirmehdi. In 2014 he moved to United States and continued composing, teaching and performing. He joined UCLA Core Kidney Music Program as performer and consultant to assist with kidney awareness. His musical background is a unique part of the Green Ribbon campaign, raising awareness by bringing together music and the medical knowledge on kidney disease. As a composer/performer and consultant of the Clinical Music Program, he contributes his musical expertise with the knowledge of kidney-specialist physicians to open the dialogue around prevention and to slow down the progression of kidney disease in our society.

  Inspired by Folklore and traditional Persian music, Safa Shahidi has composed several pieces for piano solo, two pianos, chamber music and orchestra. Through his music you can find oriental intervals, rhythms and melodies conveyed within the framework of Western classical music which creates a blend of sounds bringing East and West culture together.A Suite Orchestral, Fantasy in Three Movements for Piano and Strings and an individual short piece for flute, cello and the piano ordered by Orfeus Trio are among his compositions.

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