Shahriyar Jamshidi, a Kurdish Kamānche (four-stringed-spiked-fiddle) player, composer, vocalist, founder of the Dilan Chamber Ensemble and co-founder of Kamancello, is a graduate of Tehran University of Art and a former artist-in-residence at Banff Centre.
Shahriyar has devoted his artistic profession to the preservation and transmission of the Kurdish musical heritage. He is also well-known for his creative and masterful kamānche improvisations, both as a soloist and in ensembles.
Shahriyar has performed at numerous Iranian music venues including Roudaki Hall and had been invited for interviews and live performances on several radio and TV channels including, Kurdistan TV, The Voice of America Kurdish, and CBC.
Since settling in Canada in 2012, Shahriyar has consistently sought new musical languages, thereby crossing cultures with his Kamānche recitals. He has already performed at International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), Switzerland and Canada; Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal; 33rd World Conference of International Society for Music Education, Azerbaijan; University of Minneapolis School of Music, United State; University of Glasgow, United Kingdom; Cello Biennial, Netherlands; Canadian Opera Company, and Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
Shahriyar’s past releases contain five solo albums (Alvanati; Call of the Mountains; A Yellow Flower; The Lullaby of A Nomad; and My Sunset-Land ROJAVA) as well as Meet Me In Tangier; HiRUDiN; Kamancello; Voyage, and Of Shadows.
In addition, Shahriyar Jamshidi has received several Canadian and international awards including International Society for Music Education ISME, Netherlands and Australia in 2018.