Shahriyar Jamshidi


Shahriyar Jamshidi, Kurdish-Iranian-Canadian Kamanche player, composer, vocalist, director of Dilan Ensemble and co-founder of Kamancello, is a graduate of Tehran University of Art and a former artist-in-residence at Banff Centre. He is also well known as a creative Kurdish kamanche (four stringed-spiked-fiddle) improviser. He has devoted his artistic career to the preservation and transmission of Kurdish musical heritage. Shahriyar has received several International and Canadian awards including “World Conference Sponsored Delegate Award” International Society for Music Education ISME, “Arts Abroad” Canada Arts Council and Socan Foundation. He has performed in many Iranian cities, and he has also performed on several well-known Kurdish TV channels including Kurdistan and Newroz. Since settling in Canada in 2012, Shahriyar has consistently sought new musical languages, thereby crossing cultures with his Kamanche Solo music. He has performed at Toronto’s Tirgan Festival, International Society for Improvised Music ISIM conference in Switzerland and Canada, High-Fest in Armenia, Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal, Ontario Contact and International Society for Music Education ISME in Azerbaijan, frequently appearing at the Aga Khan Museum and the Small World Music series in Toronto. Shahriyar released four albums Alvanati (2004), Call of the Mountains (2008), A Yellow Flower (2014) and Kamancello (2017). For further information please visit

Thoughts About Art and Community

Create an opportunity for musicians in our multicultural community to learn about music of other parts of the world and find a way to collaborate with musicians of other cultural backgrounds; makes a cultural bridge between music lovers and musicians by beauty of music; increases the knowledge of musicians, music students, researchers and the people who are interested in world music.


Kamanche player, composer, singer, studio musician and music instructor in field of World (Kurdish-Iranian), Instrumental music and specialist in theory and arrangement (traditional music for orchestra), and also team work in different stages and environments.